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Beal to give Williamson Prize Lecture on March 3

Dr. Wesley Beal will deliver the Williamson Prize Lecture at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Maxfield Room of Edwards Commons.

Lyon College awarded the Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching to Beal for the 2018-19 academic year. The College awards this prize annually to the faculty member considered the most outstanding in four categories: professional competence, scholarly ability, exemplary humane values and contributions to the community.

Beal, Associate Professor of English, will present “Reading Campus Fiction (from a Distance)” and discuss his project studying the academic novel. 

“In this paper, I’m trying to grapple with the academic novel genre as a whole unit,” he said, “which is somewhat unconventional for literary studies.”

Beal used digital humanities techniques he developed with Visiting Professor of Computer Science Anthony Davis and research assistant Zach Ward to let the genre speak for itself.

He is honored to join the ranks of Williamson Prize winners. While he is looking forward to the prize lecture, he is not looking forward to passing on the trophy to the next winner.

“My office will be sad and less shiny without it,” he said, laughing.