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Humanities Vital for Personal Growth

Emory University's Frances Smith Foster will deliver the 19th Annual Adams Lecture on the importance of humanities.
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Frances Smith Foster

In today’s world of fast-paced technological and scientific advances it is important to retain one’s sense of self.  

The study of philosophy, history, religion and literature strengthens the ability to think critically about the human condition.

A Strong Sense of Self

Frances Smith Foster, professor emerita of English and women’s studies at Emory University, will examine why the humanities, especially literature, are vital to one’s sense of self. 

She will give the 19th Annual Adams Lecture in the Humanities, titled "Lies, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, at SDSU's Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center.

About Foster

Foster's distinctions include fellowships at Emory University and Harvard University.  She also was fellow to the Netherlands.  She taught at San Diego State University from 1971 to 1988.

An expert in women’s literature, Foster is considered instrumental in the re-discovery and re-publication of literature by African American women. 

Foster received the Modern Language Association’s Hubbell Medal for American Literature in 2010 and Emory University’s Feminist Founder Award in 2011.

Event History

The late John R. Adams was the first Chair of the Division of Humanities at San Diego State College.  The Adams Lecture Series is made possible through the John R. and Jane F. Adams Endowment. 

Previous Adams lecturers have included:

  • Sir Christopher Ricks, British literary critic and scholar
  • Anthony Pinn, American professor and writer
  • Stanley Fish, American literary theorist, legal scholar, academic and public intellectual
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