Richard Summers Memorial Lecture

The Richard M. Summers Memorial Lecture is made possible by an endowment fund established by Mrs. Marie Summers to honor her son, a member of the Department of English from 1966 until his death on November 5, 1988. Since 1990, it has annually brought to campus a distinguished writer, literary scholar, or critic to speak on literature or its relationship to language, culture, or art.

Past speakers:

  • Cleanth Brooks
  • Barbara Kiefer Lewalski
  • Wayne C. Booth
  • Houston A. Baker, Jr.
  • Ann Beattie
  • Edward W. Said
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Jerome McGann
  • Stanley E. Fish
  • Robert Pinsky
  • William Labov
  • Edward Albee
  • Marjorie Perloff
  • Gary Soto
  • Nikki Giovanni
  • Tom Robbins
  • David Bevington
  • John McWhorter
  • Sharon Olds
  • Michael Bérubé
  • K. David Harrison
  • Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Wai Chee Dimock
  • George Saunders
  • Vijay Prashad
  • Carolyn Williams
  • Danzy Senna

Richard M. Summers