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Louisiana College Vice President Delivers MC Lecture

March 12, 2009

Michael Travers, the vice president for academic affairs at Louisiana College, a literary scholar and former Mississippi College professor, will deliver a lecture on the MC campus April 7.

The MC English Department is inviting Travers to present the 2009 Sue Price Lipsey Lectureship. Open to the MC community and the public, the event will be at the Board Room of the BC Rogers Student Center on the building's second floor. The lecture begins that Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m.

Over the years, previous speakers in the lecture series have included award-winning writers such as Eudora Welty, Suzanne Marrs, and Barry Hannah, an MC alumnus.

Distinguished professors, such as John Shelton Reed of the University of North Carolina, Fred Standley of Florida State University and Joseph Blotner of the University of Michigan are some of the other speakers since the series began in the early 1970s.

Travers will get the opportunity to reflect on his literary expertise that ranges from John Milton to C.S. Lewis to the literature of the Bible. The former MC English professor will be traveling abroad soon − he presents an academic paper at Oxford University in England in June 2009.

Expect the Louisiana College administrator to be warmly greeted by his former colleagues on the Clinton campus. Travers chaired the MC English Department from 1993 until 2003. He's published four books, including "The Devotional Experience in the Poetry of John Milton." His academic interests today include the integration of faith and learning in Christian higher education. Travers has taught English at Christian colleges since 1979.

"His dedication to academic qualities and professionalism make him an excellent teacher and sought after speaker," said David G. Miller, the interim chairman of the MC English Department.

Others praise the academic leader and scholar at Baptist-affiliated Louisiana College in Pineville.

"He is a fine lecturer and insightful literary critic who always has something interesting to say," said Ron Howard, MC's vice president for academic affairs. "I look forward to hearing him."

Travers received his bachelor's degree and master's with honors at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He received his doctorate in English at Michigan State University. He and his wife, Barbara, have been married for 34 years and have two grown children, Stephen and Elizabeth.

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