The Ross M. Lence Master Teacher Residency endeavors to carry forward the profound influence of a man central to the mission and development of The Honors College — the beloved Dr. Lence. In pursuit of this goal, the College annually invites a noted teacher and scholar to engage with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends in conversations, lectures, feasts, and libations. This year’s event was held in early February with Thomas L. Pangle serving as the 2009 Ross M. Lence Master Teacher. In a diversity of settings—dinners, conversations, lectures, lunches, and receptions—the esteemed political theorist cast a wide net with his choice of topics. He led groups to consider Machiavelli, medieval politics, the American founding, and classical Islam at various times during his visit.
Dr. Pangle holds the Joe R. Long Chair in Democratic Studies in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been awarded a Guggenheim, four National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowships, and the Robert Foster Cherry Great Teacher of the World Prize by Baylor University. At the invitation of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, he recently delivered the Werner Heisenberg Memorial Prize Lecture. Author of numerous scholarly publications, he also sits on the executive council of the American Political Science Association, is general editor of The Agora Editions (Cornell U. Press), and is a member of the editorial boards of Political Research Quarterly and Polis, Journal of the Society for the Study of Greek Political Thought. He also serves on the research council of the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy.
Next year’s event will be February 3-7, so mark your calendars now. James S. Shapiro will be visiting Master Teacher. Dr. Shapiro is Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1985. He has authored several prize-winning books of scholarship, co-edited the Columbia Anthology of British Poetry, and served as the associate editor of the Columbia History of British Poetry. A Fulbright lecturer at Bar Ilan and Tel Aviv Universities, Dr. Shapiro has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEH, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and the Huntington Library. His next book, Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?, will be published in April, 2010. He is currently at work on The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606. We look forward to his arrival.
It is important to note that the Ross M. Lence Master Teacher Residency was initially started by an anonymous donor who gave the lead gift to endow this program. This generous individual never knew Ross Lence yet was still inspired by his legend. Thanks to this donor and other supporters, The Honors College is nearly halfway to its goal of $400,000 to ensure the future of the Residency. Please contact Shannon Parrish at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713.743.9973 for more information on how you can participate.