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Enlightenment Literature Lecture

Enlightenment Literature Lecture

Dr. Kevin Cope, professor of English at Louisiana State University(January 27, 2017) McNeese State University will host a free lecture by Dr. Kevin Cope, professor of English at Louisiana State University, titled “Calling Long Distance: Hermits, Planets, and Vastness in Enlightened Literature – and in Contemporary Education” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Stokes Auditorium of Hardtner Hall.

Cope’s lecture is sponsored by the McNeese Honors College and an endowment from the Joe and Lydia Cash Lecture Series in Literature and Culture. This lecture series was established in 2010 by Dr. Joe Cash, former chair of the McNeese English and Foreign Languages Department for 23 years, and his wife, Lydia, a retired Calcasieu Parish teacher, through the McNeese Foundation.

The lecture will address distance and astronomical poetry written by Enlightenment authors, how hermits were perceived and misperceived in the intellectual climate of the 18th century and how these matters relate to contemporary higher education.

Cope, who is a widely recognized expert on the Enlightenment, is the author of several books and numerous articles on English literature and cultural studies and is the editor of “ECCB: Eighteenth Century Current Bibliography” and “1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era.” Cope is also president of the Faculty Senate at LSU.

For more information, call the McNeese Department of English and Foreign Languages at 337-475-5326.
Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at