CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
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Release: July 8, 1999
Stanford professor to join UI faculty as African-American
World Studies chair
Horace A. Porter, an associate professor in the English
department at Stanford University, has accepted the position as professor
and chairman of the African-American World Studies Program at the University
of Iowa. Linda Maxson, dean of the UI College of Liberal Arts, announced his
appointment, which begins in August.
Porter is a specialist in American and Afro-American literature
and culture with special interests in autobiography, Ralph Ellison, Norman
Mailer, Herman Melville, and Toni Morrison. He will hold a joint appointment
in African-American World Studies and English.
"I am certain that Porter's leadership will invigorate
and energize the program," Maxson said. "He has all kinds of ideas for conferences,
outreach programs, and visiting faculty appointments. I will be looking to
him to be active in building bridges between African American World Studies
and other programs in the college and the university."