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George Whalley Visiting Professorship

George Whalley

George Whalley

Dr Michael DiSanto of Algoma University has created a web site devoted to George Whalley, which includes a bibliography of Whalley’s writing and recordings of him reading his poetry.

The George Whalley Visiting Professorship was established in 1991 by Mr. Peter Scott and other friends, family and colleagues of the late Dr George Whalley. Dr George Whalley, a former Head of Queen's Department of English (1962–1967, 1977–1982) was an eloquent and forceful spokesman for the arts and humanities. He played a crucial role in the development of the Department and Queen's. Moreover, as a war hero (awarded a Royal Humane Society Medal for Saving Life at Sea) and as a man of letters of extraordinarily wide interests (a series of CBC broadcasts ranged from poetry to the Canadian arctic, and to philosophy, religion, and global politics), he became well known across Canada and abroad. He was also a literary scholar and critic of international distinction, known especially for his several books on Samuel Taylor Coleridge and for a celebrated exploration of The Poetic Process. Dr Whalley made distinguished contributions to the Kingston community, particularly in the foundation of the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, of which he served as President in the period 1963–1970. The George Whalley Visiting Professorship perpetuates and honours the memory of this extroardinary member of the Queen's and Kingston communities.

The Department of English is delighted to announce that Dr David Clark is the 2012 George Whalley Visiting Professor. Dr Clark is Professor of English and Cultural Studies and Associate Member of the Health Studies Program in the Department of Health, Aging and Society, McMaster University. He has published on a wide range of subjects, including critical animal studies, contemporary theory, German idealism, and Romantic literature and culture. His most recent book is Bodies and Pleasures in Late Kant (forthcoming, Stanford University Press). Dr Clark is teaching a graduate seminar on “Romanticism, War, and Peace” in the Winter Term 2012, and giving a public lecture titled “On the Promise of Peace: Kant’s Wartime and the Tremulous Body of Philosophy.” This talk is scheduled for Friday, 20 January 20, in Watson Hall 517. All are welcome to attend.

The first incumbent of the George Whalley Visiting Professorship was Helen Tiffin of the University of Queensland, appointed in 1996.