Renaissance scholar visits campus
March 04, 2010

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Dr. Anthony Esolen, professor of English at Providence College and a specialist in classical, medieval, and Renaissance literature, spent three days at Bryan this week as a chapel speaker, challenging students and learning about the school.

Dr. Esolen, left,  laughs with Renaissance Literature instructors
Dr. Raymond Legg and Pamela Davis before class.



Invited by the English faculty to deliver the semester’s Departmental Lecture Series talks, Dr. Esolen spoke in chapel on “A Christian Culture: The Second Shepherd’s Play,” and “Shakespeare’s Tempest and the Power of Wonder.” He also spoke in Renaissance Literature and British Literature classes March 1-3.


Dr. Raymond Legg, English Department chairman, explained, “We are looking for ways to expose students to significant people in our field, people who are making a difference in the world. (Dr.) Beth (Impson) has been familiar with Dr. Esolen’s work for some time, and suggested we might be able to get him.”


In addition to his chapel and classroom presentations, Dr. Esolen had one-on-one sessions with this year’s senior thesis award-winners Millie Jones and Daniel Zimmerman, and conducted a poetry reading.


Dr. Legg said, “Anyone who can recite poetry for an hour and a half and keep college students riveted is doing something right.”


Dr. Esolen leads a class.


Dr. Esolen said he accepts invitations such as that from Bryan because “I get to meet lots of people, see how other Christian colleges are run, and bring ideas to our school. That’s very enriching for me. It’s fun to meet other Christian teachers in the field; we can be encouraging to each other.”


He complimented the Bryan students he met and praised the faculty for their efforts. “Students here are good; they are getting a good education,” he said. “I’m impressed by the closeness of the relationships between students and faculty. They know each other well. I believe that is essential for a Christian school that something like that happens.”


That interaction, he added, helps the college goal of educating the heart as well as the mind. “People meet Christ not as an abstract term of theology but from seeing Him in authentic individuals.”