Brigham Young University professor Merlin H. Forster will present the 1993-94 P.A. Christensen Humanities Lecture, the top faculty honor in the College of Humanities at Brigham Young University.
The free lecture is open to the public and will be given on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in 2084 Jesse Knight Humanities Building.Forster's lecture, "Books, Booms and Modernity: Reflections on Twentieth-Century Latin American Literature," will develop four major aspects of Latin American literature using a series of influential books by noted authors such as Garcia, Marquez, Borges, Paz and Neruda.
The annual lecture, established in 1977, honors the late Parley A. Christensen, who was one of BYU's most outstanding teachers and lecturers. Associated with the lectureship are a $1,000 honorarium and travel and research expenses.
Forster joined the faculty at BYU in 1987. He is a professor of Spanish and Portuguese and a former department chair at BYU. Forster has spoken at several symposia throughout the country and has been the recipient of numerous grants from distinguished organizations such as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies.
After completing his undergraduate degree at BYU, Forster earned his master's and doctoral degrees in Spanish from the University of Illinois. He also has taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Texas in Austin.