Faculty Profile

 

Portrait of Richard Harris

 

Richard C. Harris

John J. McMullen Professor of Humanities/Assistant Dean/Director of Humanities

Ph.D. in English UNC-Chapel Hill (1974)
M.A. in English UNC-Chapel Hill (1968)
A.B. in English, with Honors UNC-Chapel Hill (1967)

Appointments at Webb Institute:
Assistant Dean (2007 - Present)
Professor of Humanities (1996 - Present)
Adjunct Professor of Humanities (1982 - 1995)

Other Professional Experience:
Professor - Humanities Department; SUNY-Maritime College (Full-time, 1975-1996)
Adjunct Professor - English Department; Hofstra University (1975-2007)
TA/Instructor - English Department; UNC-Chapel Hill (1970-1974)
Instructor - English Department; Virginia Tech (1968-1970)

Courses Taught, 2002 to Present:
Technical Communication
American History
Western Literature
Western Culture I and II
Professional Presentations
Creative Writing
History of Architecture
Social History of Rock and Roll

Important Publications and Presentations, 2005 to Present:

Publications:

  • Accepted for publication: “Willa Cather and the Art of ‘Recoverable Contexts’: Source Materials for One of Ours." Cather Studies, vol. 12 (U of Nebraska P, 2017?).
  • Accepted for publication: “Willa Cather, Howard Pyle, and ‘The Precious Message of Romance.'" Cather Studies, vol. 11 (U of Nebraska P, 2016?).
  • “Thackeray’s Henry Esmond and The Virginians: Literary Sources for Cather’s My Mortal Enemy." Cather Studies, vol. 10 (U of Nebraska P, 2015). 
  • "Dear Alfred'/'Dear Miss Cather': Willa Cather and Alfred Knopf, 1920-1947." Studies in the Novel. Special Number: The Work of Willa Cather: Creation, Design, and Reception (Fall 2013).
  • "On the Title for One of Ours.”  The Willa Cather Newsletter and Review (Spring 2013).
  • "Willa Cather and One of Ours.” The Literary Encyclopedia. 2013.Online http://www.litency.com
  • "Cather, Edward Burne-Jones, and the Art of Enchantment.” The Willa Cather Newsletter and Review (Fall-Winter 2012).
  • “Willa Cather and Henry Blake Fuller: More Building Blocks for The Professor’s House.”  Willa Cather and Modern Cultures.  Cather Studies, vol. 9 (U of Nebraska P, 2011).
  • “The Newly Discovered Cather-Alfred A. Knopf Correspondence and One of Ours.”  Feature article, The Willa Cather Newsletter and Review (Spring 2011).
  • “Pershing’s Crusaders:  G. P. Cather, Claude Wheeler, and the AEF Soldier in France.” Willa Cather: A Writer’s Worlds, Cather Studies, vol. 8 (U of Nebraska P, 2010).
  • “Wagnerian References in the Fiction of Willa Cather.” Outside the Ring: Wagner’s Non-Ring Operas (McFarland, Fall 2009).
  • “‘Happy Birthday, Dear and Noble Artist’:  Willa Cather, Yehudi Menuhin, and the Schubert Letters.”  Willa Cather: New Facts, New Glimpses, Revisions.  (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2008).
  • “Cather’s A Lost Lady and Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin.” The Willa Cather Newsletter and Review (Fall 2007).
  • “Over There from Over Here: Willa Cather, the Implied Reader, and One of Ours,” in Violence, the Arts, and Willa Cather (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2007).
  • “Barbusse’s L’enfer: A Source for ‘Aphrodite’ and ‘The Novel Démeublé.’” Willa Cather as Cultural IconCather Studies, vol. 7: (U of Nebraska P, 2007).
  •  Volume Editor for The Scholarly Edition of Willa Cather’s One of Ours (U of Nebraska P, 2006).
  •  “Getting Claude Over There: Sources for Book Four of Cather’s One of Ours.” Feature article, Journal of Narrative Theory (Fall 2005).

Papers and Presentations:

  • "World War I: Reality and Disillusionment.”  North Shore Historical Museum.  Glen Cove, NY; September 2014. 
  • "Willa Cather and the Art of ‘Recoverable Contexts’: Source Materials for One of Ours.”  Willa Cather Symposium. Rome; June 2014.
  • "The Remarkable Mr. Webb.”  Presented on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the founding of Webb Institute. Glen Cove, NY; May 2014.
  • "Willa Cather, Howard Pyle, and ‘The Precious Message of Romance.’”  Panel presentation at the 27th Annual NAtional Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists, sponsored by the School of Visual Arts. New York, NY; October 2013. 
  • "Willa Cather, Howard Pyle, and ‘The Precious Message of Romance.’”  Plenary presentation at the 14th International Willa Cather Seminar. Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ; June 2013.
  • “Cather, Edward Burne-Jones, and the Art of Enchantment.”  Presented at the Willa Cather Spring Conference—Willa Cather and April Twigilights. Red Cloud, NE; June 2012.
  • “Thackeray’s Henry Esmond and The Virginians: Literary Sources for Cather’s My Mortal Enemy.”  Plenary presentation at the 13th International Willa Cather Seminar.  Smith College, Northampton, MA; June 2011.
  • Panelist and Presenter at the 2011 Willa Cather Spring Conference—Cather and Popular Culture.  Red Cloud, NE; April 2011.
  • “The Cather-Knopf Correspondence, 1921-1923.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Literature Association. Prescott, AZ; October 2010.
  • Panelist and Presenter at the 2010 Willa Cather Spring Conference—Food and Drink in Cather’s Fiction. Red Cloud, NE; June 2010.
  • “Willa Cather’s War: The Use of Journalistic Sources in One of Ours.”  Presented at the 23rd Annual National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists.  The School of Visual Arts.  New York; October 2009.
  • “Willa Cather and Henry Blake Fuller: More Building Blocks for The Professor’s House.”  Presented at the 12th International Willa Cather Seminar.  Chicago; June 2009.
  • “Cather and Her Contemporaries: The Critical Debate over One of Ours.”  Keynote address at the 2008 Willa Cather Spring Conference. Red Cloud, NE; June 2008.
  • “Elementary, My Dear Watson: Cather Scholarship and the New York Times Historical Index.”  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Literature Association. Tacoma, WA; October 2007.
  • “’Pershing’s Crusaders’: G. P. Cather and the American Expeditionary Force in France.”  Plenary session paper presented at the 11th International Willa Cather Seminar 2007; The Sorbonne, Paris; June 2007.
  • “One Little Feller’s Quest for ‘Something Splendid’: Another Look at Cather’s Claude Wheeler.”  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Literature Association. Boise, ID; October 2006.
  •  “Cather’s A Lost Lady and Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin.”  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Literature Association. San Francisco, CA; May 2006.
  • “’Happy Birthday, Dear and Noble Artist’: Willa Cather, Yehudi Menuhin, and the Schubert Letters.”  Presented at the Cather Colloquium, Drew University; September 2005. 
  • “Over There from Over Here: Willa Cather, the Implied Reader, and One of Ours.”  Plenary session paper presented at the 10th International Willa Cather Seminar; University of Nebraska-Lincoln; June 2005.

Professional Development Activities:
Attended Middle States workshop “Standard 14 in Characteristics of Excellence.” University of Delaware; Newark, DE (September 2007)
Attended Middle States workshop “Taking the Next Step.” University of Delaware; Newark, DE (January 2007)

Honors and Professional Recognition:
Named John J. McMullen Professor of Humanities (2007)
Named a Distinguished Scholar, Inaugural Willa Cather Scholar’s Summit (2004)
Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History for edition of Memorandum of a Jaunt: Peter S. Townsend and the New York Lyceum of Natural History, May-June 1817 (2002)

Professional Memberships:
Phi Beta Kappa
Western Literature Association
Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial Association

Exhibits Mounted for the North Shore Historical Museum:

  • “The Life of the Civil War Soldier.”  An exhibit of Civil War-period artifacts, diaries, letters, and photographs that focus on the life of the common soldier during the war.  April-November 2015.
  • “World War I: The War to End All Wars.”  An exhibit of magazines, posters, photographs and other items commemorating the beginning of World War I.  August 2014-January 2015.
  • “Next Stop New York.”  An exhibit of photographs by Arthur Leipzig, New York and Long Island, 1940s-1960s.  April-July 2014.
  • “What Americans Were Reading a Hundred Years Ago.” An exhibit focusing on the popular magazines and novels of the period, 1890-1910.  January-March 2013.

Additional Duties Beyond Teaching, 2002 to Present:
Assistant Dean (Fall 2007-)
Coordinator of Humanities
Chair: Library Committee, Assessment Committee, Thesis Committee
Member: Accreditation Visits Committee, Admissions Committee, CQI Team on Winter Work, CQI Team on Semester Abroad Initiative
Coordinator, Webb Lecture Series
Coordinator, Middle States Commission on Higher Education Reaccreditation Self-Study

Service Beyond Webb Institute:
Member, Board of Governors, Willa Cather Foundation
Editorial Board, Willa Cather Scholarly Editions Project
Member, Board of Directors, North Shore Historical Museum
Director, North Shore Historical Museum Oral History Project

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