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DATE: July 11, 2003

Lawrence Berkove named professor emeritus at UM-Dearborn

DEARBORN---Lawrence I. Berkove, who joined the faculty at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 1964, was named professor emeritus of English language and literature by the U-M Regents at their June meeting. Berkove retired from active faculty status at the end of April.


Berkove is an internationally known scholar of American literature of 19th and 20th centuries, and is recognized as an authority on Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, Jack London and the writers of the "Sagebrush School." He has written more than 125 articles and notes and 10 books and monographs. Last year, the Ohio State University Press published his most recent book, A Prescription for Adversity: The Moral Art of Ambrose Bierce.

Berkove received his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and his master's degree from the University of Minnesota. After serving three years in the Army, primarily in South Korea, Berkove earned his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1962. He taught at Skidmore College, DePaul University and Colorado College before joining the UM-Dearborn faculty as an assistant professor in 1964. He was promoted to associate professor in 1967 and professor in 1974. He was chair of the campus's humanities department from 1968 to 1970 and was director of the American Studies Program from 1978 to 2002.

Over his career, Berkove presented 125 papers at academic meetings in the United States and overseas. He was a summer lecturer of American literature at Bar Ilan University in Israel in 1965, a visiting professor of English at Rikkyo University in Tokyo in 1982-83, a Distinguished Fulbright Lecturer in South Korea in 1992, and an invited lecturer at universities in Australia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand.

His works have been published in Japan, Korea, England and France. He is the past president of the Jack London Society and the Michigan College English Association, and has served on the boards of directors for the College English Association, the Western Literature Association and the Research Society for American Periodicals.

In 1977, Berkove received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop a collaborative course that was jointly taught by UM-Dearborn faculty and curators from the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village. In 1992, Berkove received UM-Dearborn's Distinguished Faculty Research Award and the Michigan Association of Governing Boards of State Universities Distinguished Faculty Award in 1993.



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