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Furman English professor to deliver “What Really Matters?” lecture Nov. 8

OCTOBER 22, 2012
by Tina Underwood, Contributing Writer

Dr. Melinda Menzer

Furman University English professor Melinda Menzer will deliver the L.D. Johnson lecture, “What Really Matters?” on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel.

Her talk is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Office of the Chaplains.

The L.D. Johnson Lecture Series was established to honor of the life and work of the late L.D. Johnson, chaplain at Furman from 1967 to 1981. Each year the lecture series invites one Furman faculty member or administrator and one graduate to discuss “What Really Matters.”

Menzer joined the Furman faculty in 1995. Her research interests revolve around the history of linguistic thought and the importance of reading medieval texts in their manuscript context.

Menzer received her B.A. from Williams College and her master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. She teaches courses at Furman in linguistics and early medieval texts, as well as a regular first-year writing course for freshman entitled “Who Speaks Bad English?”  She currently serves on the board at Temple of Israel where she regularly teaches Hebrew at the religious school.

For more information, contact Susan Bennett in the Office of the Chaplains at 864-294-2133, or

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