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 Hollywood.  Later, he was an editor for the short-lived Parisian literary journal New Story, a cofounder and editor of the catholic culture magazine Jubilee, and the founder/publisher of the poetry broadside PAX.  
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 "black & 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 College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at University of California Riverside, was the Lenna Visiting Professor in September of 1991.  He earned his English B.A.(1956), M.A.(1958), and Ph.D.(1961) at UCLA.  Stanley Stewart is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Enclosed Garden: The Tradition and the Image in 17th-Century Poetry (University of Wisconsin Press 1966), The Expanded Voice: The Art of Thomas Traherne (Huntington Library 1970), and George Herbert (G.K. Hall 1976).  He is coauthor, with Bernd Magnus and Peter Mileur, of Nietzsche's Case: Philosophy as/and Literature (Routledge 1992) and, with James Riddell, of Jonson's Spenser: Evidence and Historical Criticism, (Duquesne University Press, 1995).  Stewart is also the coeditor of The Ben Jonson Journal: Literary Contexts in the Age of Elizabeth, James, and Charles, published by University of Nevada Press, he serves on the editorial boards of John Donne Journal and Cithara: Essays in the Judaeo-Christian Tradition.  And he is a former Guggenheim and Mellon Fellow.  

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

Anne LaBastille is an American author and ecologist. She is the author of Woodswoman, Beyond Black Bear Lake, Woodswoman III, Woodswoman IV, Assignment:Wildlife, Women of the Wilderness, The Wilderness World of Anne LaBastille, Mama Poc, and Jaguar Totem and other works, including over 150 published articles.  LaBastille is also a noted wildlife photographer and her work has appeared in many nature publications. She has been honored by the National Wildlife Federation and the Explorers Club for her pioneering work in wildlife ecology both in the United States and in Guatemala.  She received her doctorate degree from Cornell University. She has given workshops and lectures for over forty years and served on many conservation organizations in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. She was also a certified New York State Guide. LaBastille traveled around the world and worked with many organizations to study and alleviate the destructive effects of acid rain on lakes and wildlife.

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 America at the turn of the century.  Among Roof’s numerous accomplishments are 12 books and scholarly publications.  He has also published over 50 journal articles.  Roof has received several fellowships, grants, and awards for his work.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wofford College , a master of divinity degree from Yale University, and a master’s degree and Doctorate in sociology from the University of North Carolina.

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. Irenaeus and dined with Betty Lenna.  During his address to the St. Bonaventure community, he presented more than 100 photographs from the 70,000 rolls of film he took in his time with the Clinton administration.

2000 - Margaret Hermann

Dr. Margaret Hermann, St. Bonaventure’s Lenna Visiting Professor for the fall semester of 2000, received her doctorate in psychology from Northwestern University and taught at Princeton and Ohio State universities before going to Syracuse University in 1999.  Currently, she is the Gerald B. and Daphna Cramer Professor of Global Affairs at the Maxwell School and director of that school’s Global Affairs Institute.  She was president of the International Society of Political Psychology from 1998 to 1999, as well as the International Studies Association from 1998 to 1999.  Hermann has also edited two journals, Political Psychology and International Studies Review.  In 1990, she helped develop the Summer Institute in Political Psychology and acted as co-director for nine summers.  Most of her research focuses on political leadership, foreign policy decision making, and the comparative study of foreign policy.  Hermann has written books on the subjects and published in a variety of journals from the American Political Science Review to the International Studies Quarterly to Foreign Policy.  In addition to her publications, Hermann has been involved in developing ways of assessing the leadership styles of heads of state around the world as well as leadership training exercises for executive directors for non-profit organizations and non-governmental organizations.  She has developed leadership profiles of 130 world leaders.  

2001 - Dr. Ludmila Kovalskaya

Dr. Ludmila Kovalskaya, St. Bonaventure’s Lenna Visiting Professor for 2001 presented public lectures on increasing understanding between the United States and Russia though cultural interaction.  Kovalskaya is a professor of theory and practice of the English language at Adygh State University , Maikop, Republic of Adygheya , Russian Federation .  She received a doctorate in linguistics from Pyatigorsk Linguistic University , Russian Federation .  Kovalskaya has published 15 articles on various aspects of linguistics and intercultural communication.  Her professional interests include intercultural communication, computer-mediated communication, language, and gender.

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 University educator.

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 native of Utica, N.Y., Benedetto graduated from Syracuse University’s Utica College and holds a master of arts degree in journalism from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communication.  He began his career in journalism with The Buffalo Evening News, and also worked at government reporting positions with the Utica Daily Press and Utica Observer-Dispatch.  He later worked in the Albany bureau of Gannett News Service covering state government/politics during the Gov. Huge Carey administration.  He was a founding member of USA Today, joining the newspaper in 1982, prior to its first edition.  During his career, he has covered the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.  Syracuse University awarded Benedetto an honorary doctorate in 1992, and in 1998 he was honored with the National Italian-American Foundation Media Award for projecting a positive image for Italian Americans.  

2005 Fall Semester - Dr. Michael Shapiro

Shapiro received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rochester in 1959, and a master’s degree from Columbia University in 1960.  He also attended the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham in England in 1960, and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1967.  Shapiro has written several books on the Holocaust and Elizabethan drama, with an emphasis on Shakespeare, the most recent being, “Gender in Play on the Shakespearean Stage: Boy Heroines and Female Pages.” Shapiro has also written numerous articles and reviews.  He served as Scholar-In-Residence at both Millikin University (1990), and Southern Oregon State College (1992).

2005 - Second Fall Semester Dr. Alan Dobson

Alan Dobson, who is director of the Transatlantic European and American Studies Institute at the University of Dundee, as well as chair of the prestigious Transatlantic Studies Association, has written numerous books, which analyze the changes in transatlantic relations from the Cold War to the present.  Due to his groundbreaking work in this field, Dobson has received numerous prestigious appointments, including a posting as a senior research fellow at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in 1997, being made a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and membership in the Royal Aeronautical Society.  Dobson was St. Bonaventure’s second Lenna Visiting Professor of the fall semester in 2005.  He gave several lectures on the significance of these changes in America’s transatlantic relations.  Also during his stay, he contributed to classroom discussions in history, political science, business, and English.  

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 United States.

 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

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.

bullet“Inclusive Education: Being Realistic isn’t Realistic,” on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. in the Dresser Auditorium of the Murphy Professional Building.
bullet“Killing Me Softly: A Disability Rights Perspective on Legalizing Euthanasia,” on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 4:30 p.m. in the Walsh Auditorium.

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

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 political philosophy.

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

 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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