Sieber to Deliver Beall-Russell Lecture at Baylor Sept. 15

Sept. 4, 1997

by Alan Hunt

WACO, Texas - Dr. Harry Sieber of The Johns Hopkins University will speak in the Beall-Russell Lectures in the Humanities series at Baylor University on Monday, Sept. 15.

Sieber, an acknowledged authority, teacher and author in the area of Spanish studies, will lecture on "Don Quixote and the Art of Reading." The program, scheduled for 4 p.m. in the Jones Theater at the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, will be free and open to the public.

He will be introduced by Dr. Manuel J. Ortuño, chair of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages. Presiding during the program will be Dr. Donald D. Schmeltekopf, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Sieber is the first graduate of Baylor to return to his alma mater to speak in the Beall-Russell Lectures in the Humanities series. After receiving his bachelors of art degreecum laude from Baylor in 1963 he earned his doctorate in romance languages at Duke University. Since then his academic life has centered around The Johns Hopkins University where he has served in many capacities, including director of the graduate study abroad program in Madrid and as chair of the Department of Hispanic and Italian studies.

Throughout his career, Sieber has received numerous professional honors and awards, including a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. He was named junior fellow by the National Endowment for the Humanities and Man of Merit by Baylor's chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa. He was a US -Spain Joint Committee Research Fellow in Spain and has been a corresponding member of The Hispanic Society of America since 1994. In recent years he twice received the Oraculum Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Sieber has served as editor Modern Language Notes since 1967. He has been a member

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of the executive committees of the Modern Language Association and of the Cervantes Society of America as well as member and chair of the Comité Conjunto Post-doctoral Research Grants to Spain. He was the organizing co-chair of an International Symposium on Cervantes at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and curator of a Cervantes exhibition at the George Peabody Library in Baltimore, Md.

Besides having published many journal articles, Sieber is the author of numerous books, including his Spanish Institute Edition of Don Quijote. Works in progress include a book on literary patronage in the Court of Philip III (1598-1621) and Sieber also is working, with his wife Claudia Winn Sieber (also a graduate of Baylor), on a study and critical edition of Luis Cabrera de Córdoba's Relaciones de las cosas sucedidas en la Corte, desde 1599 hasta 1614.

For more information about the lecture, call Dr. Ernest Norden, professor and director of Spanish and Portuguese in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages, at (254) 710-6005.

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