The Bisson Lecture in the Humanities was established in 2009 in honor of Professor Lillian Bisson. A scholar of medieval literature, former director of the graduate program in Humanities, and chair of the Department of Literature and Languages, Professor Bisson retired from Marymount University in 2010 after forty-one years of service.
To recognize Professor Bisson’s passion for the humanities as well as her record of scholarship, teaching, and service, the graduate program in Literature, Language, and the Humanities annually invites a distinguished scholar in the humanities to deliver the Bisson Lecture on a topic of humanistic inquiry.
Peter S. Donaldson (2014)
Professor of Literature and Ford Foundation Professor in the Humanities, MIT
Julie Ellison (2013)
Professor of American Culture and English, University of Michigan
Jesse Alemán (2012)
Department of English Language and Literature, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
“Wars of Rebellion: US Hispanic Writings and their American Civil Wars"
Bonnie Wheeler (2011)
Department of English, Medieval Studies Program, Southern Methodist University
“Humiliation: Reputation Management in the Middle Ages”
Jo Ann H. Moran Cruz (2010)
Dean, College of Humanities and Natural Sciences, Loyola University, New Orleans
“Reading Dante between the Lines”