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English Major Alyssa Klaus Presents C.S. Lewis Poetry Research at ACA Summit

October 19, 2012

Alyssa Klaus, junior English major, presented her research on the early poetry of C. S. Lewis at the Appalachian College Association (ACA) Summit on October 13, 2012. Alyssa, who received a Ledford Grant last spring to work with Dr. Don King as a part of the English Department’s undergraduate research program, joined other Ledford Scholars for a daylong ACA Student Summit.  It concluded with a poster presentation in which the Scholars shared their research with administrators and faculty from the 36 ACA colleges and universities.

Alyssa’s presentation, entitled “For The Beauty Of The Earth: C. S. Lewis’s Quest to Understand the Transcendent Beauty of Nature,” also included photos of her trip to Oxford this last May with Dr. King, Dr. Cindy Howell, and two other English students.  They spent the week in Lewis’s home, The Kilns, and furthered their research among the stacks of Oxford University’s Bodleian Library.

Also attending the 15th Annual ACA Summit from Montreat College was the Provost, Dr. Marshall Flowers, and his wife, Linda Flowers, Dr. Rich Gray of the English department, Dr. Mark Lassiter of the Natural Sciences department, and Martha Martin, Director of Public Services in the L. Nelson Bell Library.

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