Travisano Lecture on Bishop Presented by Hartwick Honors Program

Professor of English Thomas Travisano will present a talk titled “Questions of Travel: My Journey with Elizabeth Bishop” on Thursday, March 20, at 4 pm in Bresee Hall’s Eaton Lounge on the Hartwick College Campus. The event is sponsored by the Hartwick College Honors Program, and is free open to the public.

Travisano’s talk will explain the story of his ongoing work involving American poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979). He first encountered Bishop’s work in a graduate-school classroom in 1975 and became so fascinated that he is still reading and exploring her life and work four decades later.

“The moral of the story will be what you can learn and accomplish by following where your curiosity leads,” said Travisano.

Travisano has published numerous books and articles on Bishop. He became the founding president of the Elizabeth Bishop Society, and is currently writing a biography on Bishop via the support of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.

His talk will explain how it all began, and how his journey of exploration into the life and worlds of Elizabeth Bishop has taken him to Paris, Harvard, Brazil, Key West, Nova Scotia, and many points in between.

For more information about the event, contact Assistant Professor English Rob Seguin at 607-431-4871 or

Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick’s expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact:     David Lubell
Phone:        607-431-4031

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