Two Alumni Scholars to Lecture on
American Literature and
Posted Apirl 8, 2003
HOLLAND -- Two Hope College graduates, spouses who
are university professors in Pennsylvania, are returning to
campus on Thursday-Friday, April 10-11, to present lectures
on American literature and history.
Dr. Linda Patterson Miller, professor of English
at Pennsylvania State University Abington, will present "The
Lost Generation on the French Riviera," on Thursday, April
10, at 3:30 p.m. in the Maas Center conference room. Dr.
Randall M. Miller of the history faculty at Saint Joseph's
University will discuss "The Meaning of the Civil War," on
Friday, April 11, at 3:15 p.m. in the DeWitt Center Herrick
The public is invited to both events. Admission
Linda Patterson Miller, a 1968 Hope graduate,
earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Delaware
and has become widely recognized for her work on early 20th-
century American literature and art. She is co-editor of
"The Book of American Diaries: Day-by-Day Personal Accounts
through the Centuries" (1995) and "Letters from the Lost
Generation: Gerald and Sara Murphy and Friends" (1993).
She has lectured nationally and internationally on
modernist art as it relates to Hemingway and other American
artists. A year ago she served, with Susan Beegel, as guest
scholar for C-Span's two-hour show on Hemingway. The
program was aired live from Key West, Fla., on April 22,
2002, as part of C-Span's ongoing series "American Writers:
A Journey Through History."
She has a book forthcoming, "Reading Hemingway:
In Our Time" (Kent State University Press), and is
completing another book, "The Summer of '26," on the
American expatriate artists in France. Her lecture at Hope
will draw upon her research for that book and will deal with
such well-known Jazz-age figures as Ernest Hemingway, F.
Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda Fitzgerald, Archibald MacLeish and
Randall M. Miller, a 1967 Hope graduate who
completed his Ph.D. at Ohio State University, is the William
Dirk Warren '50 Sesquicentennial Chair and Professor of
History at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where
he has taught since 1972. He is the author or editor of 20
books, and has published more than 80 articles, on topics
such as African-American culture and life, religion, popular
culture in America, regional culture (especially the
American South), the uses and character of American
autobiography and diary-keeping, the American Civil War,
urban affairs, and ethnic and immigrant history.
His best known book is the award-winning "'Dear
Master': Letters of a Slave Family" (1978; rev. & enlarged
ed., 1990). He also co-edited the award-winning "Dictionary
of Afro-American History" (1988; rev. & enl. ed., 1997).
More recently, he co-edited "Religion and the American Civil
War" (1998) and "The Birth of the Grand Old Party: The
Republicans' First Generation" (2002).
He has been a consultant for, and appeared in,
documentaries on American culture and history, the Civil
War, political culture, African-American culture and life,
Philadelphia life and politics, and other
topics documentaries that have aired on national cable and
pubic broadcast channels, regional television, and local
television and are used in schools across the country.
He also is the series editor for the acclaimed 26-
volume series, "Guides to Historic Events of the Twentieth
Century," published by Greenwood Press; series editor of the
12-volume series "Major Issues in American History,"
published by Greenwood Press; and co-editor of the "Southern
Dissent" series at the University Press of Florida. He has
appeared on national and local radio and television to
comment on American culture, history, and politics
(especially as they relate to Pennsylvania and the
The Maas Center is located on Columbia Avenue at
11th Street. The Herrick Room is on the second floor of the
DeWitt Center, which is located on Columbia Avenue at 12th