FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              Date: November 22, 2002

         Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716


UIS to present first program in Everson Lecture Series


SPRINGFIELD The inaugural program in the Everson Lecture Series, established to honor the contributions of Dr. Judith Everson, professor emerita of English at the University of Illinois at Springfield, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, November 25, in the Everson Lounge, located on the main level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Ethan Lewis, associate professor of English, will speak on “‘So Should the Lines of Life that Life Repair’: Shakespeare’s Critique of Eternizing Modes.”

Lewis received his Ph.D. from Boston College, where he also taught for three years. Since 1993 he has been a member of UIS’ English faculty, specializing in 17th century literature and modern and contemporary poetry. He is currently working on a book of essays on poets of the 20th century and is also the author of a monograph on Dorothy L. Sayers (co-written with Robert McGregor) and a collection of haiku.

Everson was a charter member of the UIS faculty and served the campus in many capacities, including dean and associate chancellor, until her retirement last spring. She recently facilitated a Leadership Dialogue for the U of I’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs held at UIS and in June 2002 presented a paper at the James Jones Literary Society Symposium in Paris, France.

A reception will follow the lecture in Brookens 460. The event is sponsored by the UIS English department. For more information, call 206-7000.