Creating New Knowledge
Enriching literary experiences
Jeanne Reesman, the Jack and Laura Richmond Endowed Faculty Fellow, is making moves to bring new literary insight to her teachings. A professor of English and a recognized expert in Jack London literature, she has authored several books, including Jack London: One Hundred Years a Writer with Sara Hodson. Last year, she taught on Mr. London for two weeks in China.
Since being awarded the fellowship in 2012, Reesman continues to further her expertise on literary icons. She has had the exceptional opportunity to review unpublished notes and papers by Jack London, something she says will provide greater knowledge to share with her students and the community. She attended a conference on the Mark Twain Studies, to continue work on her book Mark Twain vs. God—a topic she admits is somewhat controversial, yet enlightening. “Twain raises so much interest, and I really want to share on this topic,” Reesman explains.”
The endowed fellowship, made possible by a gift from San Antonio businessman Jack Richmond and his wife Laura, allows Reesman to expand understanding on some of the most interesting writers in America’s history. And her impact on her students is clear—she notes that it is inspiring for her to observe students develop as a result of their enriching literary experiences. “It’s important to let the public know what we’re doing in the humanities, and I am thankful that I get to play at part in it all,” she shares.
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