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Board of Trustees Professor Seminar

Dr. William Baker
Dr. William Baker

The Love of Literature, Scepticism and Collaboration in Literary Study

Dr. William Baker
Department of English and University Libraries
Board of Trustees Professor
Distinguished Research Professor

The criterion for the NIU Board of Trustees Professorship pays particular attention to the relationship between teaching and research. In his seminar, William Baker will describe his research, his teaching methodology and its impact upon students. There will be a focus upon the nature of his research, his approach to scholarship, encouragement of the love of literature, belief in scepticism in literary studies and his student-orientated research. In addition to describing key moments in the development of his approach to literary study, Dr. Baker will describe the results of his mentoring of both undergraduate and graduate students and collaborative faculty work at NIU and elsewhere including enhancing NIU's global reputation and image. The seminar will be accompanied by numerous examples of work produced by NIU students.

William Baker has been at Northern Illinois University since 1989. Dr. Baker is the recipient of research awards from the British Academy, the National Endowment of the Humanities and the American Philosophical Society amongst others. Dr. Baker is the recipient of two Choice Book of the Year awards and is the author, co-editor, and editor of over 30 refereed books and over 150 articles. His primary areas of research are descriptive bibliography that describes the history of a book from its genesis to published formats; reconstruction of authors’ libraries and the whereabouts of their books; Victorian literature; contemporary British drama; Shakespeare; and literary discovery, including editing authors’ letters. His edited five volume The Facts on File Companion to Shakespeare has just been published.

Monday, October 1, 2012
Capitol Room, Holmes Student Center
11:30 am—12:00 pm, Refreshments
12:00 pm—1:00 pm, Presentation and Q&A

No registration is required—Everyone is welcome!


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