Lenna Visiting Professors
1990 - Robert Lax
|Robert Lax became St. Bonaventure
University’s first Reginald A. Lenna Visiting Professor in 1990.
During a special convocation, St. Bonaventure awarded Lax with an
honorary doctorate. Lax attended Columbia University
in the 1930s. After college, he
worked in a variety of jobs, as a tutor, writing advertising copy, teaching
college English and as an editor and writer.
He worked on the editorial staff of The New Yorker, was a reviewer for
Time, a freelancer for Parade, and even worked in the script department of
the Samuel Goldwyn Studio in
|Although Lax had
published many poems in various magazines and journals it was not until he met
the graphic artist Emil Antonucci in the 1950's that his publishing career began
to take shape. Antonucci began to
publish materials by Lax in small press editions under the imprint of the Hand
Press and later Journeyman Books. The
most important of these early publications was Circus of the Sun (1959), a cycle
of poems about Lax’s travels with the Cristiani Family Circus through western Canada
in 1949. Another milestone was the
publication of New Poems (1962) which became somewhat of a manifesto of Lax’s
simplified, pared down poetic line. Other
important publications of this time were "sea & sky" (1965) and
white" (1966) both appearing in Lugano Review.
A major retrospective of Lax’s materials was mounted at the Neue
Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart
in 1985. In 1987 Lax began an
archive at St. Bonaventure University. The
bibliography of Lax’s published writings, and works based on his writings,
runs to well over 500 items ranging from single poems, to pamphlets, to books,
and includes graphic art, film, video, photography, and performance art.
He was as well known in art circles as he was in literary ones, and
perhaps at times better known in Europe than he was in America.
1991 - Dr. Stanley Stewart
|Stanley N. Stewart, a professor of
English in the
1993 - Jocelyn N. Hilgarth
Professor Hillgarth, of the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, came to St. Bonaventure in February 1993. She has taught history at a number of universities including Harvard, Princeton, The University of Texas, Boston College, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Author of many books on the Middle Ages she lectured on the conversion of Western Europe to Catholicism; Spain's three religions-Catholic, Jewish and Muslim; and on the life of Raymon Lull, a 14th century Franciscan missionary.
1993 - Alan & Barbara Mackenzie
|The Mackenzies were at St. Bonaventure in April of 1993. They lectured on journalism. Alan Mackenzie designed the first graduate diploma program in journalism in the United Kingdom. The Scottish Centre for Journalism Studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow was a change from the usual pattern of apprenticeship for British journalists. Barbara Mackenzie lectured at the Scottish Centre. She had taught and done research at 13 American universities and worked as a reporter and editor. The Mackenzies also lectured on Scottish culture; nationalism in the context of the changes in Europe; the British and Scottish press; British broadcast journalism and the Scottish view of America and Americans.|
1994 - Frederick Rosen
1995 - Anne La Bastille
1996 - Philip Wexler
Dr. Wexler, dean of the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester through June 2000, has published a number of books on the sociology of education and critical theory. His books include Holy Sparks: Social Theory, Education and Religion; Social Analysis of Education: After the New Sociology; Critical Social Psychology; The Sociology of Education: Beyond Equality; and Becoming Somebody: Toward a Social Psychology of School.
1997 - Giuseppe F. Mazzotta
Dr. Mazzotta, among the leaders in Dante scholarship, is The Charles C. & Dorothea S. Dilley Professor of Italian Language and Literature at Yale. At the time of his Lenna Visiting Professorship, he had published several books, including Dante's Vision and the Circle of Knowledge, The Worlds of Petrarch and Re-Mapping the World: Vico's Poetic Thought. He has also written essays about every century of Italian literature. A native of Curinga, Italy, Mazzotta received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Toronto and a doctorate from Cornell. He has also served as a Guggenheim Fellow, Yale Senior Fellow, and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow.
1998 - John Hanchette
|In 1979, John Hanchette won the Outstanding Achievement Award for a National Reporter for his work on the Pauline Fathers, a story of misuse of funds and a succeeding cover-up in the Catholic Church. The work won him a Pulitzer Prize. Hanchette joined the Niagara Falls Gazette in 1964. After a period with The Buffalo Evening News, he returned to Niagara Falls as managing editor. He was named Gannett News Service Florida bureau chief in 1977 and a Washington correspondent in 1981. He was named a GNS managing editor in 1981 and managing editor of The Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock in 1988. He rejoined GNS in 1992 as a national correspondent and retired from GNS in December 2001, returning to St. Bonaventure as a faculty member in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2002.|
1999 Spring Semester - Wade Clark Roof
|Dr. Wade Clark Roof, a nationally known expert on religion and society,
discussed the state of religion in
1999 Fall Semester - Robert McNeeley
Bob McNeely, the former personal photographer for President Bill
Clinton, was the Lenna Visiting Professor of the fall semester in 1999.
McNeely visited several journalism, political science and theology
classes to share his experiences with students.
He also attended a retreat at Mt.
2000 - Margaret Hermann
|Dr. Margaret Hermann, St.
Bonaventure’s Lenna Visiting Professor for the fall semester of 2000,
received her doctorate in psychology from
2001 - Dr. Ludmila Kovalskaya
Dr. Ludmila Kovalskaya, St. Bonaventure’s Lenna Visiting Professor for 2001
presented public lectures on increasing understanding between the
2002 - Laurence Hauptman
Laurence Hauptman was St. Bonaventure’s Lenna
Visiting Professor in 2002. Hauptman,
a professor of the SUNY New Paltz History Department, is the leading authority
on the history of Post-Colonial Iroquois. He
has been referred to as the most productive historian of Iroquois studies.
Hauptman has authored 13 books about Native Americans and their tribal
history. He is a two-time recipient
of the Peter Doctor Memorial Award, the highest honor that can be bestowed by
the Iroquois for distinguished service beneficial to the image of the Indians.
In September of 1999, the SUNY Board of Trustees appointed Hauptman a
distinguished professor, the highest rank that can be achieved by a State
2003 - Sophia Hillan
Dr. Sophia Hillan was, from 1993
– 2003, the Associate Director of the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s
University Belfast and is presently Academic Director of its International
Summer School in Irish Studies. She
was the 2003 Lenna Visiting Professor at St. Bonaventure University.
She recently co-directed the Michael McLaverty Centenary Colloquium.
As an author herself, she was runner-up to John Arden in the Royal
Society of Literature’s first V.S. Pritchett Memorial Award in 1999.
She has a collection of short stories; one appeared in the Faber
Book of Irish Short Stories in March of 2005.
2005 Spring Semester - Richard Benedetto
|Richard Benedetto, USA
Today White House correspondent, was the university's Lenna Visiting
Professor from March 15 – 24. A
2005 Fall Semester - Dr. Michael Shapiro
|Shapiro received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the
2005 - Second Fall Semester Dr. Alan Dobson
|Alan Dobson, who is director of the Transatlantic European and American
Studies Institute at the
2006 - Alan Weisman
|Alan Weisman, recently retired from CBS News after working as a writer and producer at the network for more than 25 years, was the university's Lenna Visiting Professor from September 18-29. He is the author of Lone Star: The Long Goodbye of Dan Rather, which was published in June 2006.|
2008 - Jack Shaheen
Dr. Shaheen, a recipient of two Fulbright teaching awards, regularly appears on national TV programs such as “Nightline,” “Good Morning America,” “48 Hours,” and “The Today Show.”
His writings include more than 300 essays in publications such as Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, as well as chapters on media stereotypes in 36 college textbooks.
2009 - Dan Barry
|Barry graduated from SBU in 1980 with a bachelor of arts
degree in journalism and mass communication and was named the 1994
Alumnus of the Year. He is the author of “This Land,” a well-read
weekly feature column that appears every Monday on the first page of the
New York Times national section and takes him to every corner of the
He was on reporting teams that won two Pulitzer Prizes. In 1994, he and four other members of an investigative team for the Providence Journal-Bulletin, in Rhode Island, won a Pulitzer for a series of articles about corruption in that state’s court system. The series led to widespread judicial reform and to the criminal indictment of the state Supreme Court chief justice. In 2002, Barry was a member of The New York Times team awarded a Pulitzer for coverage of the World Trade Center disaster and its aftermath.
Barry has written two books, the first titled “Pull Me Up: A Memoir,” which has been favorably compared to Frank McCourt’s best-selling “Angela’s Ashes,” and the second, which was published a year ago, titled “City Lights: Stories About New York.”
2009 - Patrick James
Dr. Patrick James, director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California, is one of the world’s top scholars in international relations and comparative politics.
James is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Louise Dyer Peace Fellowship from the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, the Milton R. Merrill Chair from Political Science at Utah State University, the Lady Davis Professorship of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Thomas Enders Professorship in Canadian Studies at the University of Calgary, the Senior Scholar award from the Canadian Embassy, Washington, D.C., the Eaton Lectureship at Queen’s University in Belfast, the Quincy Wright Scholar Award from the Midwest International Studies Association, and the Distinguished Scholar in Foreign Policy Analysis award from the International Studies Association.
James is the author of 11 books and has published more than 100 articles and book chapters. He is president of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States and vice president of the International Studies Association.
James earned his doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park.
2010 - William M. Shea
Dr. William M. Shea’s career has focused on the intersection of the Catholic intellectual tradition with modern culture. He has held academic positions at the Catholic University of America, the University of South Florida, St. Louis University and the College of the Holy Cross. Additionally, Shea has been a fellow at Harvard, Yale, and the Smithsonian Institution.
Shea has authored two books, “The Naturalist and the Supernatural: A Study in Horizon and an American Philosophy of Religion” and “The Lion and the Lamb: Evangelicals and Catholics in America.” He has also written more than 50 articles in scholarly and professional papers and edited three volumes of academic essays on American religion.
Dr. John Apczynski and the Department of Theology at St. Bonaventure nominated Shea, a Columbia graduate, for the Lenna Visiting Professorship.
“This work directly addresses what the community at St. Bonaventure officially considers its primary academic purpose, namely to explore the relevance of the Catholic intellectual heritage for contemporary life in the United States and globally,” said Apczynski.
2010 - Norman Kunc
Born with cerebral palsy, Kunc attended a segregated school until the seventh grade before being integrated in high school. Today, Kunc uses his experiences to help advocate disability rights.
An international public speaker, Kunc has delivered many keynote addresses, lectures and presentations. Also a writer, he has contributed to many textbooks and publications.
Kunc gave two public lectures.
Kunc’s first lecture examined the question of “Is Inclusive Education Realistic?” where he argues that a sense of belonging is an essential building block to a successful education. Kunc believes that inclusive education might be one of the strongest catalysts to better schools.
“People do their best work when they are in environments where they feel valued and where they feel they belong,” Kunc said.
His second lecture focused on the opposition of legalizing euthanasia from people with severe disabilities. Kunc will provide an overview of their concerns and argue “society confuses dignity with self-sufficiency and quality of life with ease of living.”
Kunc holds a master’s of science in Family Studies from the University of Guelph in Ontario.
2012 - Robert L. Holmes
|Dr. Robert L. Holmes is professor emeritus
of philosophy at the University of Rochester. He
specializes in ethics, and in social and
He has written numerous articles and several books on those topics, and has been invited to address national and international conferences. He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan, and joined the Rochester faculty in 1962. His most well known books are “On War and Morality” (Princeton Univ. Press, 1989), “Nonviolence in Theory and Practice” (third edition, co-edited with St. Bonaventure’s Barry L. Gan, Ph.D.) and “Basic Moral Philosophy” (fourth edition).
At Rochester, he also has received the Edward Peck Curtis Award for Undergraduate Teaching in 2001 and the Professor of the Year Award in Humanities in 2006. At the 2007 convocation ceremony, Holmes won the Goergen Award for Distinguished Achievement and Artistry in Undergraduate Teaching. Also, Holmes is known for being one of the very few professors to receive perfect or near perfect reviews every year since the university began student review services in 2001.
He was the longtime adviser to the University of Rochester Undergraduate Philosophy Council. He has served on the national board of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the oldest and largest interfaith peace organization in the world. He is a past editor of “Social Theory and Practice,” a leading philosophical journal.
Holmes was also a Fulbright Fellow at Moscow State University and a visiting professor at Notre Dame, Hamilton College, and University of Texas at Austin. He was the first Rajiv Gandhi Professor of Peace and Disarmament at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. He taught for more than 47 years at the University of Rochester, retiring in 2010.
2012 - Benjamin
Friedlander is a poet, editor, and scholar. His books of poetry include “One Hundred Etudes” (Edge Books, 2012), “Citizen Cain” (Salt Publishing, 2011) and “The Missing Occasion of Saying Yes” (Subpress, 2007).
He is also the author of “Simulcast: Four Experiments in Criticism” (University Alabama Press, 2004) and the editor, most recently, of “Robert Creeley’s Selected Poems,” 1945-2005 (University of California Press, 2008). Since 1999, he has taught American literature and poetics at the University of Maine.
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