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John M. Trimbur, co-director of the Technical, Scientific, and Communication Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), will speak on “Literacy, Moral Panic, and the Digital Generation: Intellectual Work at the End of Print Culture” in Lafayette’s fifth annual Conarroe Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, in Jaqua Auditorium, Hugel Science Center.

Trimbur, professor of English at WPI, has written Popular Literacy: Studies in Cultural Practices and Poetics, published this year by the University of Pittsburgh Press; Reading Culture: Contexts for Critical Reading and Writing (with Diana George), HarperCollins Publishers, in press; The Call to Write, Addison Wesley, 1998; and Collaborative Learning (with Harvey Kail), Prentice Hall, 1994. He won the 1993 Outstanding Book Award at the Conference on College Composition and Communication for The Politics of Writing Instruction: Postsecondary (with Richard Bullock, ed.).

The Conarroe Lecture and Seminar series is funded by a bequest to the English department from Lewis Haupt Conarroe ’29, an advertising writer and novelist. Each year, a distinguished scholar and teacher delivers an evening lecture to a general audience and then leads a seminar the following day for English department faculty.

Previous speakers were Mary Louise Pratt, Olive H. Palmer Professor in the departments of humanities and comparative literature and Spanish and Portuguese, Stanford University (1997); John Carlos Rowe, professor of English, University of California at Irvine (1998); James A. Miller, professor of English and American studies, George Washington University (1999); and Jean Howard, professor of English, Columbia University (2000).

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