English Department hosts annual folklore lecture

Posted November 03, 2010

ACU’s Department of English hosts the second annual George W. Ewing Folklore Lecture, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11. Dr. Phyllis Bridges, professor of English at Texas Woman’s University, will be on campus to speak on “The Way West.”

The annual lecture honors Dr. George Ewing, former professor of English at ACU and folklore enthusiast. The event began last year after his death.

Bridges is a well-known folklorist and the recipient of TWU’s highest teaching honor, the Cornaro Professorship. She will speak on diaries, the Oregon Trail, the orphan trains and mail-order brides

She has published essays in multiple collections, including Both Sides of the Border: A Scattering of Texas Folklore, A Texas Folklore Odyssey, and Between the Cracks of History: Essays in Teaching and Illustrating Folklore. She has served as president of the Texas Joint Council of Teachers of English, the Southwest American Cultural Association and the Texas Folklore Society.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Shore Art Gallery on ACU’s campus.