Maurice Géracht, Stephen J. Prior Professor of Humanities in the English department, will present this year’s Richard Rodino Lecture on the Aims of the Liberal Arts on April 23 at 4 p.m. in Rehm Library at the College. The talk, titled “Our Shared Vision of the Liberal Arts,” is free and open to the public.
A member of the Holy Cross faculty since 1966, Géracht specializes in 18th century English literature; English, American, French narrative traditions and narrative theory; 20th century visual arts and intersections between visual arts and literature.
Fluent in French, he was born and raised in Paris and moved to America as an adolescent. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the City College of New York, and his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin.
Géracht, who served as the director of the study abroad program at Holy Cross for 18 years, is co-president of the International Word and Image Conference, which gathers international scholars in the humanities around a single theme. He has been involved in the conference since its founding in 1986.
He is also co-editor of Interfaces. Co-edited by the Université Paris Diderot and Holy Cross, Interfaces is a bilingual illustrated journal focusing on the dividing line — the “interface” — between language and the image, two means of expression different and yet inseparable. In 2011, the publication earned the Parnassus Award for Significant Editorial Achievement, which is awarded once every three years.
The annual Rodino Lecture series is devoted to the memory of Richard Rodino, formerly of the English department at Holy Cross.