Former BYU professor lectures on literature of the American West; DSU President’s Colleagues meeting

The historic ghost town of Grafton, Utah, June 23, 2013 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – On Monday, Dixie State University will hold the fifth President’s Colleagues of DSU meeting of the 2013-14 academic year, featuring a presentation on effective educational course delivery by Dr. Neal Lambert. Lambert, who completed his Ph.D. in American studies at the University of Utah, specializing in the literature of the American West, will present on the topic “Cowboys, Outlaws and American Fiction: Suggestions About Our Ideas and Ideals in the Representation of America’s Frontier.”

The historic ghost town of Grafton, Utah, June 23, 2013 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News

The meeting will begin at noon in Room 156 of the DSU Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, located on the Dixie Regional Medical Center River Road campus. It is free and open to the public.

Lambert began his teaching career at Weber State University before moving south to Brigham Young University in 1966, where he retired from the Department of English in 2000. While at BYU, Lambert served on the editorial board of BYU Studies, and as chair of the faculty advisory council. He was one of the founders of BYU’s American Studies program, also serving as the school’s English department chair and associate academic vice president under Jeffrey R. Holland.

During his career, Lambert taught courses in early and 19th-century American literature, Western American literature and Mormon literature. He has published numerous articles, and along with author Richard Cracroft, prepared and edited “A Believing People: Literature of the Latter-day Saints,” published in 1974. This anthology became the text for Utah’s first university courses focusing on Mormon literary expression.

The historic ghost town of Grafton, Utah, June 23, 2013 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News

The President’s Colleagues of DSU, established more than 20 years ago by former DSU President Dr. Douglas Alder, is a group of retired professors and other education professionals who live mostly in the St. George area. Alder, who also started an honors program at DSU, organized the colleagues as a way to increase academic activities on campus.

The colleagues meet once a month during the academic year to hear presentations from each other and/or invited guests. The next meeting is scheduled for March 3, with a presentation by DSU Associate Professor of Family Consumer Science Tim Eicher and his wife, Penelope Eicher, who will share their experiences working with the Heart Walk Foundation’s humanitarian efforts in Peru.

Event details and contact information

  • Date: Feb. 3
  • Time: 12 p.m.
  • Location: DSU Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center Room 156, Dixie Regional Medical Center, 1380 S. Medical Center Dr., St. George
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Dixie State University – 435-652-7500

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The historic ghost town of Grafton, Utah, June 23, 2013 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News
The historic ghost town of Grafton, Utah, June 23, 2013 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News

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