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Catawba College Professor Travels and Lectures in Ukraine on Fulbright Lectureship

October 11, 2005

Category: English, Faculty


Dr. Philip Acree Cavalier, Catawba College’s assistant dean and associate professor of English, is traveling and giving scholarly lectures in Ukraine while there on a Fulbright Lectureship in American literature.   Acree Cavalier, wife Carol and their three sons, left for Kiev in early September and will return to Salisbury next June.

Acree Cavalier presented a lecture, “Maps and Literary Canons: Invisible Man’s Challenge to the ‘Known’ World,” during the third International Conference on American Literature held Oct. 3-5 in Kyiv.   That conference was sponsored by the Shevchenko Institute of Literature, part of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.   Acree Cavalier discussed the ways in which Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (1952) challenges the notion that maps and literary canons accurately reflect the African American experience in America.

On Oct. 7, Acree Cavalier traveled to Lviv (in western Ukraine) to attend a conference sponsored by the Fulbright Ukraine program.   “Intellectuals and Political Power” brought together senior administrators and faculty from across that country to discuss ways that intellectuals will participate in shaping the future of Ukraine, both in high education and broader society.