Richard A. Strier of the University of Chicago will present "The Praise of Passion" in two English Renaissance authors not often discussed together, the dramatist William Shakespeare and the poet George Herbert, at Hope College on Thursday, Oct. 31, at 3:30 p.m. in the DeWitt Center Herrick Room.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Strier is a highly respected scholar of Renaissance literature and a recognized authority on George Herbert. He is the Frank L. Sluzberger Professor of English at the University of Chicago.

He is author of two books--"Love Known: Theology and Experience in George Herbert's Poetry" (University of Chicago Press, 1983), and "Resistant Structures: Particularity, Radicalism, and Renaissance Texts" (University of California Press, 1995). He is the co-editor of four other books, the most recent of which are "Religion, Literature, and Politics in Post-Reformation England 1540- 1688" (Cambridge University Press, 1996), co-edited with Donna B. Hamilton, and "Writing and Political Engagement in Seventeenth-Century England" (Cambridge University Press, 1999), co-edited with Derek Hirst.

The address is sponsored by the college's department of English. The Herrick Room is on the second floor of the DeWitt Center, which is located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.