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Ann Rea to be Inaugural Speaker of Faculty Lecture Series

Ann Rea to be Inaugural Speaker of Faculty Lecture Series

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Ann Rea, assistant professor of English literature at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, will present a lecture titled, “P.G. Wodehouse’s Challenge to Highbrow Seriousness,” on Wednesday, November 13 at 4 p.m. in room 138 Blackington Hall on the Pitt-Johnstown campus.

Rea’s presentation will examine the work of P.G. Wodehouse, novelist and musical comedy librettist, in the light of recent critical discussions of middlebrow culture. Wodehouse’s sophisticated comedy includes the Jeeves and Bertie stories, recently televised in Britain starring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry; stories about Blanding Castle; and musical comedy libretti, such as Anything Goes, which helped to take American musical comedy into the 20th century.

Rea is the first speaker to present in the newly established Pitt-Johnstown Faculty Lecture Series, sponsored by the Pitt-Johnstown Faculty Resource Center. The series will feature University faculty who will give talks throughout the year on topics related to their scholarly areas. The series is free and open to the public.

For additional information on the lecture series, contact Dr. John Mullennix, Pitt-Johnstown, at 814-269-7293 or

Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” by AC Online as one of the “Highest ROI Colleges in Pennsylvania,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization." Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the past three years.

Posted by Natalie Bombatch on 11/1/2013 9:40:00 AM