A high school valedictorian, Henry Parker entered St. John's Abbey to become a monk and a priest. Realizing his true vocation was in the secular world, he left the monastery after three years, enrolled at the University of St. Thomas and graduated magna cum laude in English. He received an M.A. in English from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in Latin and Greek from the University of Illinois. Dr. Parker taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Illinois before assuming his current position as Cunningham Distinguished Professor at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Dr. Parker's most recent American publication, co-authored with his wife Marilyn Crist, is Apollo vs. Dionysus: A Philosophy to Increase College Success by 85%. His most recent foreign publication, an essay entitled "Minnesota's Golden Age: A Tribute to Saul Bellow," was published in Paris in Poesie Premiere and describes Dr. Parker's friendships with Nobel laureate Saul Bellow and Pulitzer Prize-winning poets John Berryman and James Wright .Dr. Parker has also written a monograph entitled Linnaeus on Intoxicants, published at Lund University, Lund, Sweden. He has served as co-director of the People to People Citizen Ambassador Program to South Africa and Zimbabwe, and he returned to South Africa in February 2003 to continue his work with preschool children. In April 2004, Dr. Parker served as a member of the People to People education and humanitarian delegation to China, where he spoke on "A Pre-School Curriculum for Developing Nations."In April 2005, he spoke in Alexandria, Egypt, as a member of the People to People delegation hosted by Suzanne Mabarak, wife of Egypt's president . Dr. Parker is a speaker on the national lecture circuit and has been featured on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" for his work with medical hypnotherapy, with which he helps alleviate pain in incurable pain sufferers. He has taught in Governor's School since 1991.
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