Dr. Thomas R. Mitchell, associate professor of English and chair of the Department of Language and Literature at Texas A&M International University, has been selected for the Board of Directors for the Texas Council for the Humanities.
Serving Texas for 30 years, the Council sponsors public programs in the humanities, providing funding to other organizations for programs including teacher workshops, scholarly symposia, programs and exhibitions in libraries and museums, and documentaries for radio and television. It also encourages civic engagement through the deliberation of topics of concert.
Dr. Mitchell will join colleagues from throughout Texas, who have been chosen from a wide variety of experience and backgrounds, as well as a diverse range of academic disciplines and practical experience.
"It is an honor for me to have been selected for this important position," Dr. Mitchell said, "The Texas Council for the Humanities has long encouraged Texans to appreciate their diverse cultural heritage and to study issues that concern us all. I am sure that this position as a board member will provide me with many enriching experiences and I wish to contribute as much of my experience and expertise to the Council as I am able."
Mitchell holds a Ph.D. in English from Texas A&M University. His M.A. and B.A. in English were earned from Northeast Louisiana University.
In 1998, he published a book, Hawthorne's Fuller Mystery, which provides a distinct perspective on the works of one of America's legendary writers, Nathaniel Hawthorne. He is also the author of numerous scholarly articles including "In the Wake of the Whale: Melville and [Hawthorne's] 'The Blithedale Romance,'"published in ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance; "John Keats' 'Outlawry' in 'Robin Hood,'" in Studies in English Literature; and "Julian Hawthorne and the 'Scandal' of Margaret Fuller," in American Literary History.
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