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Sept. 1, 2006

Horace Porter Named F. Wendell Miller Professor

Horace Porter, professor of English and American studies, has been named F. Wendell Miller Professor in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dean Linda Maxson announced recently.

The five-year, renewable appointment carries an annual discretionary fund to be used for scholarly work, professional travel, programmatic enhancements such as symposia, colloquia, or special visitors, or other initiatives.

Porter joined the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty in 1999, having taught previously at Stanford University and Dartmouth College. He teaches courses in American literature, focused on African American fiction and autobiography.

Porter is the author of "Jazz Country: Ralph Ellison in America" and "Stealing Fire: The Art and Protest of James Baldwin" and one of the editors of "Call and Response: The Riverside Anthology of the African American Literary Tradition." In 2003 he published, "The Making of a Black Scholar," a memoir of his journey from segregated black schools in rural Georgia to Amherst College in Massachusetts and graduate school at Yale University, an educational trajectory in tandem with changes in American education that developed in response to the civil rights movement and the war in Vietnam.

Miller professorships are named for F. Wendell Miller, an attorney and farm manager from Rockwell City, Iowa, who died in 1995. Miller's will left the bulk of his estate to the UI and Iowa State University to encourage the advancement of academic endeavors. The Miller Endowment Trust was established from the Miller estate, with interest and income from the trust divided equally between ISU and the UI.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu

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