Dear Liberal Arts Honors Student,
If you have looked at the course schedule, you will see that we have a rich offering of upper division Liberal Arts Honors classes for the spring semester of 2014. I want to call your attention particularly to those being taught by Professors Thomas Staley and Steven Isenberg.
Staley just retired from a distinguished career as Director of the Harry Humanities Research Center. A Professor of English, he is an authority on 20th-century English and American literatures, having written extensively, for example, on James Joyce. He will be teaching a class not to be missed for English majors or any one interested in modern literature, LAH 350 “Reading the Moderns,” MW 2:00 to 3:30 pm.
Every spring semester between 2003 and 2009, Steven Isenberg came to Austin from his home in New York City to teach some of the most exciting and popular LAH classes we have ever offered. He left us in 2010 to become the Executive Director of PEN, the world’s oldest literary and human rights organization. He stepped down from that position recently and is returning to U.T. Austin to teach LAH 350 “The Literature of World War I,” in conjunction with the HRHRC’s World War I Exhibition (TTH 11:00 am – 12:30 pm), and LAH 350 “Modern Masters of the Novel” (TTH 2:00 3:30 pm).
Both will count toward an English major. For those interested in poetry, you cannot do better than taking Professor Isenberg’s one-hour class, “HMN 125K,” which will focus on the poetry of Phillip Larkin. Professor Isenberg, who holds degrees from Berkeley, Oxford, and the Yale Law School, brings a fascinating background to the classroom, having served as President and Chairman of the Board of Adelphi University, Publisher of “New York Newsday,” Executive Vice President of the “Los Angeles Times,” and Chief of Staff to New York City Mayor, John V. Lindsay.
Every best wish, Larry Carver