Phi Beta Kappa Inaugural Lecture

February 24, 2010


Xavier University’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter and the Office of the President will co-sponsor the inaugural Xavier’s Phi Beta Kappa Lecture on Tuesday, March 9 at 7:00 pm in the Conaton Board Room of Schmidt Hall on the Xavier campus. Dr. Norman Finkelstein, Professor of English at Xavier, will present “The Deed of Presence: Belief & Modern Poetry.”   Refreshments will be provided and the lecture is free and open to the public.
Questions may be directed to Dr. Daniel Dwyer at or 513-745-3035.
Norman Finkelstein is a poet and literary critic. His books of poetry include Restless Messengers (1992), Passing Over (2007), Scribe (2009) and the three-volume serial poem Track (1999, 2002, 2005). His most recent collection, Inside the Ghost Factory,will be published by Marsh Hawk in the fall of 2010. He has written extensively about modern and postmodern poetry and about Jewish American literature; the most recent of his five books of criticism is On Mount Vision: Forms of the Sacred in Contemporary American Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 2010). Recent poems, essays and reviews have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Cincinnati Review, Contemporary Literature, Colorado Review and on the website of the Cultural Society. Finkelstein was born in New York City in 1954. He received his BA from Binghamton University and his PhD from Emory University. He joined the Xavier faculty in 1980, and teaches courses in modern American literature, Jewish literature, poetry, and literary theory.
Xavier was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 2006. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society and has more than 500,000 members. Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America's leading colleges and universities.