The Mary Tucker Thorp College Professorship Lecture
RIC Professor of English Susan Abbotson
“Why Arthur Miller is the Best American Playwright and ‘Death of a Salesman’ His Greatest Play”
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Alger 110, 4 - 6 p.m.
Through a brief video presentation, slides and lecture, RIC Professor of English Susan Abbotson describes why Arthur Miller has become one of the most important and relevant playwrights of today. Reflecting on the variety of productions of Miller’s seminal play "Death of a Salesman” and discussing its impact, Abbotson shows how this work provides the purest touchstone to Miller’s lifelong commitment to theatrical experimentation and his promotion of American potential and possibility. A reception follows the lecture.
The Mary Tucker Thorp College Professorship is awarded every three years to a full professor who has at least six years of service at Rhode Island College and who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and excellence in scholarship and/or professional and collegial service. The professorship honors the contributions of Mary Tucker Thorp, whose illustrious career at the college spanned more than 40 years, from 1926-1967.
Candidates for the Thorp College Professorship are evaluated by a college-wide committee composed of faculty from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, the School of Management, the School of Nursing, the School of Social Work and the James P. Adams Library. The appointment is made by the college president.
Funds supporting the Thorp College Professorship were provided by a generous bequest in the will of Mary Tucker Thorp and are held in the Tucker Thorp Fund, which is administered by the Rhode Island College Foundation.