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St. Louis Seminars

St. Louis

In September 2010, Nadine Small St. Louis (B.A. 1958) passed away at the age of 73.  A distinguished professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, a beloved and generous teacher, a prolific and admired poet, and Poet Laureate of Eau Claire, Professor St. Louis embodied the best and highest academic and literary ideals and was an inspiration to her teachers, students, colleagues, and readers.  What could be more appropriate than that her memory be honored with the creation of two new capstone seminars for advanced English majors?  The two yearly capstone seminars endowed in Professor St. Louis’s honor were made possible by generous gifts from her husband, Robert St. Louis.  The St. Louis Seminars are research-intensive courses that offer junior and senior English Majors opportunities to work closely with faculty members, study compelling literary topics intensively, and pursue advanced research and writing projects.  Such courses are often the high point of an academic career.  During the 2012-13 academic year, the two St. Louis Seminars will treat, respectively, Time, Space, and Place in American Literature (winter term), taught by Professor William Rossi, and African-American Poetry and Poetics (spring term), taught by Professor Karen Ford.