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News contact: Jenni Huffenberger, UTD, (972) 883-4431 jennib@utdallas.edu

UTD's 2004 Kusch Lecture To Feature
Speaker On Writer's Role As An Artist

Arts & Humanities Professor Clay Reynolds To Give Talk March 24


Clay ReynoldsRICHARDSON, Texas (March 10, 2004) — The annual Polykarp Kusch Lecture Series, Concerns of the Lively Mind, will resume at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) later this month with a talk titled "A Cow Can Moo: The Irony of the Artistic Lie" by UTD professor and author of more than 800 works Dr. Clay Reynolds.

Reynolds, who also is associate dean for undergraduate studies in the university's School of Arts and Humanities, will give the lecture at 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24, in Room 1.118 of UTD's School of Management building.

The lecture will highlight the ironies involved in the attempt to create art - in Reynolds' case, through the written word - and reconcile wit and wisdom into meaningful creative expression. Reynolds describes the lecture as "more of a personal testament and philosophical observation than a pronouncement or scholarly examination."

Reynolds' publications include novels, critical studies, short fiction, poems, essays and reviews. He has served as fiction editor for several literary magazines and as editorial consultant for publishers, bookstores, writer's organizations and individual writers.

Reynolds holds academic degrees from The University of Texas at Austin (B.A.), Trinity University (M.A.) and the University of Tulsa (Ph.D.), and has 30 years of university teaching experience. He regularly conducts formal workshops and lectures on writing and the business of writing for both community writing groups and university and collegiate programs.

About the Polykarp Kusch Lecture Series

The late Polykarp Kusch was the 1955 Nobel laureate in physics. He came to UTD in 1972 and was a Regental Professor and served on the university's physics faculty until he retired and was accorded professor emeritus status in 1982. His science career was marked by a delight in teaching and research, and he connected with his students in countless ways, including via presentations of physics experiments in his "Phenomena of Nature" classes. When he retired, UTD endowed a program of annual lectures with the theme Concerns of the Lively Mind to honor Kusch.

All Kusch Lectures are free and open to the public. For additional information, please call (972) 883-2272.

About UTD
The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls more than 13,700 students. The school's freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university's web site at http://www.utdallas.edu.

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