Rev. Michael Williams, S.J., to present Altmayer Chair Lecture April 11

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:15am
Fr. Williams

MOBILE, Ala. – Rev. Michael Williams, S.J., associate professor of English at Spring Hill College, will present the 2011 Altmayer Chair Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 11 in the LeBlanc Conference Room in the college’s student center.

Williams, the 2009-2011 Altmayer Professor of Literature, will present “Facing the Other: Drama as a Source of Reconciliation in Northern Ireland.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

Although trained as a specialist in medieval literature, Williams has developed a strong interest in Irish literature, particularly modern Irish drama. He has recently presented papers at regional and national meetings of The American Conference for Irish Studies and The Conference on Christianity and Literature.

Williams received his bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Fordham University with a triple major in English, Philosophy and Classics. He also holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature from The University of Southern California, as well as a Master of Divinity degree from The Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. He served as assistant and then associate dean of The College of Arts and Sciences at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., before coming to Spring Hill College in 1986. At Spring Hill College, Williams has served as chair of the department of English and adviser to three student organizations: The Knights of Columbus, The Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, and Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society. He is currently a member of the National Board of Directors of Alpha Sigma Nu and serves as elected board secretary.

Spring Hill College benefactor Nan Altmayer established the endowed chair in literature in 1999 to recognize someone who has fostered an understanding and appreciation of literature through teaching, scholarly contributions and his or her own creation of literary works.

For more information on the Altmayer Chair Lecture, contact the Division of Languages and Literature at (251) 380-4640.