Sommer lecturer successfully engages students

On Oct. 29, Marist College’s English Department hosted the Annual George Sommer Lecture that was originally established after the Marist Professor’s retirement to allow the English Department to bring a top scholar to Marist to engage with the students.

Currently Marist’s English Department uses the lecture to highlight various scholars in a cycle. Normally the college will host a Chaucer or Shakespeare scholar one year, choose to highlight any English Scholar the next year and then to highlight a Modern Language Scholar the third year.

This year’s George Sommer Lecturer, Dr. James Shapiro of Columbia University, not only enlightened attendees about the influence of Shakespeare but also took time to interact with students through a Master Class on the Shakespearean Sonnet. Continue reading