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Schick Lectures present discussion on American literature

April 5, 2012

The Indiana State University Schick Lecture Series on Language, Literature and Lexicography will host Charles Johanningsmeier of the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Thursday, April 12, at 3:30 p.m.

Johanningsmeier will discuss, "Realism, Naturalism and American Public Libraries, 1870-1900." The lecture will take place in Root Hall A-264 with a reception following in A-269-270.

Johanningsmeier serves dual roles as an English professor and the Jefferis Endowed Chair of English at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He received his Ph.D. in English and American studies from Indiana University and has taught at the University of Leipzig in Germany and State University of New York-Cortland.

He is the author of "Fiction and the American Literary Marketplace" and is currently completing "Reconfiguring Region, Race, Gender and Class," a study of the readership of regionalist writing of late 19th century America. He has also written numerous articles on the role of newspapers and popular periodicals in American literary culture.

Johanningsmeier has lectured at universities in France and Germany and has received grants and fellowships from Fulbright, the Kaltenborn Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Bibliographical Society of America and the Bibliographical Society of England. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Willa Cather Foundation.

The Schick Lecture Series in Language, Literature and Lexicography began in 1988 and is made possible through a bequest from Joseph S. Schick, professor emeritus of English.

Contact: Keith Byerman, professor of English, department of English, Indiana State University, at 812-237-3208 or

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