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World War I expert Dr. Vincent Sherry is next Academic Speaker, Oct. 24, Campbell Auditorium


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MARTIN, Tenn. —Dr. Vincent Sherry, a World War I expert and English scholar, will present “Bare Death: The Failing Sacrifice of the Great War” at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24, as the 2014-15 Academic Speakers Series continues at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The presentation is free and open to the public and will be held in Campbell Auditorium, located in the Andy Holt Humanities Building.

The Academic Speakers Series annually brings top speakers to UT Martin to meet with the university’s Honors Programs students and to offer presentations that are open to the public. Honors Programs and other university organizations sponsor the series.

“I personally know comparatively little about World War I, a war that started one hundred years ago this past June and seems to always be overshadowed by World War II,” said Dr. Lionel Crews, director of Honors Programs. “Therefore I am honored to have Dr. Sherry come to UT Martin to share his extensive knowledge with us.”

Sherry is the Howard Nemerov Professor in the Humanities and professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis. He teaches and writes about modernist literatures in English.

His books include “The Uncommon Tongue: The Poetry and Criticism of Geoffrey Hill” (1987), “The Radical Modernism of Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis” (1993), “James Joyce: ULYSSES” (1995, 2nd ed. 2004), “The Great War and the Language of Modernism” (2003), and coming in November, “Modernism and the Reinvention of Decadence.”

Sherry has edited the “Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the First World War” and is editor of the forthcoming “Cambridge History of Modernism.” He is currently working on “A Literary History of the European War of 1914-1918.”

The complete list of 2014-15 speakers is found at and select “Academic Speakers Program.”


PHOTO CAPTION – Vincent Sherry is pictured.


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