Muhlenberg College’s English Literature and Writing Department invites you to the 35th Annual John D.M. Brown Lecture.
Over the last 34 years, the English department has been hosting authors from colleges and universities all over the world in memory of John D.M. Brown, 1883-1951. The lecture series is underwritten by a generous gift from Mary E. Brown in loving memory of her husband.
The 2024 event will be held on February 29th, at Muhlenberg College, Moyer Miller Forum at 7:00 PM.
John D.M. Brown graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1906 and joined the Muhlenberg faculty in 1912. Dr. Brown was a remarkably versatile scholar and teacher. He taught courses not only in English and American Literature but also in Italian, Spanish, French, and Art History. Dr. Brown was especially devoted to the literature of the English Renaissance, particularly to the plays and poems of Shakespeare.
Dr. Brown served as Head of the Muhlenberg English Department from 1927 to 1949. He was honored in his lifetime as the first recipient of the college’s Florence T. Saieger Professorship. In addition, Wittenburg University named him a Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 1948, the year before he retired from Muhlenberg.
As a collector of 17th- and 18th-century British literature, Dr. Brown donated many of his valuable editions of Milton, Swift, Byron, Collier, and others to the College library. A selection of these items will be on display on Level A of Trexler Library, Muhlenberg College, beginning on February 20th in honor of the 35th Annual J.D.M. Brown Lecture on February 29th, 2024.”
This year’s guest lecturer, Miles P. Grier, is an associate professor of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is the author of Inkface: Othello and White Authority in the Era of Atlantic Slavery (University of Virginia Press 2023) and co-editor of Early Modern Black Diaspora Studies (Palgrave 2018). His essays on Shakespearean material have appeared in William and Mary Quarterly and the volumes Scripturalizing the Human; The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Race; Shakespeare/Text; and Masquerade: Scripturalizing Modernities through Black Flesh. Essays on more contemporary North American topics such as racial profiling after 9/11, Joni Mitchell’s black-face pimp alter-ego, President Obama’s approach to Black voters, and playwright August Wilson’s intentional marginalization of white racism have appeared in Politics and Culture, Genders the Journal of Popular Music Studies, and the LA Review of Books, respectively.