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October 9, 2017

FSU’s Jennifer Browne to present ‘New Short Works’
as part of the Joan Crawford Lecture Series

Ms. Jennifer Browne, Director of the Frostburg State University Center for the Literary Arts and a lecturer for the Department of English, will give a reading, ‘New Short Works’, as part of the Joan Crawford Lecture Series presentations on Wednesday, October 18, from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. in Room 511 on the Garrett College McHenry campus.

Jennifer Browne

She began teaching college-level composition and literature courses in 1997 at Garrett College, which fostered her interest in advocacy for underprepared and educationally-disadvantaged students, an interest that was enhanced while she served as Director of the Upward Bound Program, a federally-funded educational-opportunity program for low-income and first-generation high school students, at Potomac State College of West Virginia University. Upon joining the faculty of Frostburg State University in 2008, she returned to teaching, focusing on the needs of developing writers, who frequently describe her as "passionate," "knowledgeable," and "boring."

In addition to issues of educational access, Browne is interested in gender, ecology, and popular culture, which she investigates in her own writing. She has published poetry in The Peninsula Review, Maryland Poetry Review, American Writing: A Magazine, Backbone Mountain Review, and The Potomac, among others.

In memory and in honor of the dynamic educator Joan R. Crawford, the Garrett College faculty created the Joan Crawford Lecture Series. Crawford, who died on October 5, 2010, had served the College community for more than 30 years. She joined the staff of the fledgling community college in 1972 and worked in many capacities in the decades that followed, including serving as the head of the Humanities Division and Director of Enrollment. After her retirement, Crawford was named Professor Emerita.

"Joan was a teacher and writer who cared about words and how they can move people," said Joan Crawford Lecture Series Coordinator and Professor of English, Jack DuBose. "We offer a wide range of programs in the series, and I think she’d be proud." The Joan Crawford Lecture Series of presentations are offered free of charge and the general public and community members are invited to attend. For more information, persons may contact Dubose at 301-387-3008 or jack.dubose@garrettcollege.edu.