Five Gayley Lectures: 1947-1954

Five Gayley Lectures: 1947-1954

Five Gayley Lectures: 1947-1954

Five Gayley Lectures: 1947-1954

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In the Spring of 1933, the Department of English of the University of California in Berkeley inaugurated a series of annual Charles Mills Gayley Lectures. In so doing, the Department had three purposes in mind. First, it wished to honor the memory of Charles Mills Gayley, great teacher and notable scholar, who was Professor of English Language and Literature and head of the Department from 1889 to 1923, who continued as its honorary chairman from 1923 till his death on July 25, 1932, and who did so much both to build a strong department for a great university and to spread appreciation for literature among its students. Second, it wished to honor, year by year, some member of its own present or former staff who had particularly distinguished himself as a scholar. Third, it wished to give the public an opportunity to hear some of the results of the scholarly activity in which the members of the staff are always engaged.For its first Gayley Lecturer the Department made the happy choice of Benjamin P. Kurtz, who spoke on April 18, 1933, taking as his subject The Scholarship of Charles Mills Gayley. Chauncey W. Wells was appointed to give the Lecture in the fall semester of the academic year 1933-1934; but his sudden death saddened his colleagues and deprived them and the public of the opportunity to hear him. Willard E. Farnham gave the Lecture in the spring semester of 1934. From that time to the present, the tradition of the Gayley Lectures has continued, though circumstances have occasionally forced the Department to omit the Lecture for a year, and the crisis of war compelled it twice to drop the series for more than a single year. The complete list of Lectures and Lecturers, to the close of the academic year 1952-1953, is as follows: . . .

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