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English

John Quinn Lecture Series

John Quinn was born in Tiffin, Ohio in 1870 as the oldest son of a local baker. He became a famous lawyer who fought to overturn censorship laws and was also a collector of art and rare books. By the time of his death in 1924, Quinn had amassed the largest collection of modern art in the world including works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Cézanne, and Seurat. He was also a collector of rare books and manuscripts and worked closely with many famous writers, including James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, and William Butler Yeats. 

Quinn Seated

The John Quinn Lecture Series will explore Quinn's involvement with and influence on modern art and literature in the early 20th century. Each lecture will focus on a writer or artist from his extensive collection or from his personal relationships. We will invite guest experts from all over the world to lead the discussions and answer questions.

There will be two lectures per year, once in the Fall semester, and once each Spring. We will occasionally host a special Summer lecture as well. The events will be recorded and made available to the public on our YouTube channel. Admission is always free, but pre-registration is required.

For more information, please contact Dr. Barry Devine bdevine@heidelberg.edu.

Current Event

June 23, 2021
Please join us for our Summer lecture in which we will explore John Quinn's pivotal role in the publication of T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land. Please read this beautiful and challenging poem and come prepared to ask questions of our special guest, Professor Garry Leonard.

Registration is required for the FREE online event. Please follow this link to register: bit.ly/EliotRegistration

Previous Events

March 17, 2021
John Quinn and James Joyce feat. Dr. Ellen Scheible
 

Contact Information

Department Chair:
Emily Isaacson

Hours

Mon - Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Our Team

Lucy Biederman
Assistant Professor of English
Pfleiderer Hall 307
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Barry Devine
Assistant Professor of English
Pfleiderer Hall 303
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Nancy El Gendy
Assistant Professor of English
Pfleiderer Hall 305
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Emily Isaacson
Director of Honors Program|Associate Professor English
Pfleiderer Hall 306
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