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February 17, 1992


Two Kansas University faculty members are recipients of intra-university professorships for the 1993 spring semester to study and teach in KU departments outside their fields.

Recipients of the professorships are Richard F. Hardin, professor of English, and F. Allan Hanson, professor of anthropology.

The professorships were established in the early 1980s by a grant from Exxon Corp. to the KU Endowment Association. In recent years, the Endowment Association has provided funds for the awards. The faculty members' departments will receive small stipends to hire teaching assistants to assume part of the faculty members' teaching loads while they are studying in other departments.

Hardin will study the Greek language and enroll in a course on Roman historians in the classics department. He is particularly interested in improving his Greek language skills because he often teaches English and humanities courses that include translated Greek literature.

To strengthen his work on a long-term research project, Hardin also wants to read the original Greek version of the novel "Daphnis and Chloe," written about A.D. 200 by Longus, a little-known Greek author. Hardin said the novel, popular for centuries, has been a source of pastoral romances, including several plays by Shakespeare.

The English professor also will lecture on the theory of myths in relation to literature in the classics department's mythology class and on the uses of classical mythology in English literature.

Hardin, who joined the KU English faculty in 1963, was chair of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities Program from 1979 to 1982 and has studied and conducted research in Great Britain several times. At KU, he frequently teaches courses in Shakespeare, Milton and Spenser.

Hanson will be a visiting professor in the School of Law, working closely with Peter C. Schanck, law library director and professor of law. They will offer a seminar on recent theoretical convergencies in law and social science.

Hanson said the seminar would include the theory of postmodernism, which has created increasing interest in a variety of fields during the past decade, particularly in anthropology and law.

"The postmodernist approach builds on the notion that there are no fixed truths and realities," Hanson said. "All discourse is taken to be relative to varying political, moral, aesthetic and other agendas."

Both professors have conducted extensive research and have written reports on how the theory has influenced their respective disciplines. In the seminar, they will present two major streams of thought that have contributed to contemporary postmodernism post-structuralism and neo-pragmatism.

Hanson, who joined the KU anthropology department in 1966, also has taught at the University of Pittsburgh; Columbia University; the University of Aarhus, Denmark; Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; and the University of Paris-Val de Marne.

From 1983 to 1988 he was chair of the KU committee on the history and philosophy of science.

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