Reunion Features Several Lectures

May 25 2017
Category: Alumni

Reunion 2017 is only three weeks away. As part of the traditions and festivities, alumni can also get back into the classroom with educational lectures from Dr. Thomas Fiala, Professor Emeritus, Arkansas State University, and Dr. Matt Seybold, Assistant Professor of American Literature and Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College. 

Both lectures are on Friday, June 16 in Peterson Chapel, Cowles Hall. Dr. Fiala's lecture begins at 11:00 a.m. and Dr. Seybold's lecture starts at 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Fiala gives a lecture at Elmira College for alumni Dr. Matt Seybold on the steps of the Mark Twain Study at Elmira College

Dr. Thomas Fiala’s presentation focuses on Elmira College's most important product - it's graduates. During the first one hundred years of the College's proud history, these pioneering alumni set a standard for personal achievement that continues today.

In the second presentation, Dr. Matt Seybold will focuses on Samuel Clemens’s earliest visits to Elmira. During these years, Clemens revels in an emerging national celebrity status, based on his carefully crafted reputation as an “American vandal," but simultaneously strives to ingratiate himself to the stately Jervis Langdon, and Langdon’s intensely devout daughter and Elmira College alumna, Olivia Langdon.

Professor Seybold joined the Elmira College faculty in July 2015. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine in 2012, after which he worked at The University of Alabama. He teaches courses on all periods of American Literature, as well as interdisciplinary courses on mass media and economics.

Click here to register for these lectures and other Reunion events.