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Margaret Syers Lecture Series Features Poet Dr. David Taylor

The Margaret Syers Lecture Series
Poet Dr. David Taylor kicks off The Margaret Syers Lecture Series on Saturday, Dec 9 at 7 p.m.  in the River Room of the Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center. 
Margaret Syers taught English at Tivy High School for many years. As a tribute to her commitment to teaching and to the value and beauty of literature, her family created this lecture series in her memory. Featured speakers focus on literary topics with preference given to topics pertaining to Shakespeare.
This year, Dr. David Taylor , Assistant Professor of Sustainability at Stony Brook University,  will read from his poetry.  According to his webpage, his writing crosses disciplinary boundaries and genres — creative nonfiction, poetry, scholarship and science/technical writing; however, at the core of his work always is the concern for sustainability and community. He is the Series Editor for the Southwestern Nature Writing Series (University of North Texas Press). One of his current projects is "The People's Art and Modernism: Woody Guthrie, Joseph Campbell and Miguelito Valdés in New York in the 1940s." Woody Guthrie's writing (e.g. Bound for Glory) and music, Joseph Campbell's interest in an ecology of folk mythologies, and the rise of popular Latin, esp. Afrocuban, music, for example, by Miguelito Valdés (or "Mr. Babalu"), function as windows into a time and place that allowed diverse interactions and legacies in the arts that still resonate today.
The event is free and open to the public. 

The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact William Woods at 830-792-7425or .