Francis Marion University history professor Emily Lorraine de Montluzin will deliver the inaugural William C. Moran address at FMU, Thursday, March 31.
The program will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Cauthen Educational Media Center’s Lowrimore Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. A reception will be held in The Cottage following the program.
De Montluzin’s speech is titled “The Thrill of the Hunt,” and will be published in pamphlet form.
De Montluzin retires in May after 31 years of service at FMU. Her many distinctions at FMU include being named Distinguished Professor in 1988 and a Trustees Research Scholar in 2002. She is also a member of five honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi, and has been the recipient of several prestigious fellowships. Before beginning her career at FMU, she graduated summa cum laude, with honors in history, from Tulane University, and thereafter earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University.
As a professor of history, de Montluzin has taught a wide array of courses in Georgian and Victorian Britain, the cultural and intellectual history of 18th- and 19th-century Europe, and the history of medieval Europe, including six for FMU’s Honors Program. As a scholar, her record is astounding: she has published 24 articles and seven books, many pertaining to British press history, including a 1,700-page electronic database of items in Georgian England’s Gentlemen’s Magazine. She has made dozens of presentations at academic conferences and area schools and is a member of numerous historical, academic and civic organizations.
De Montluzin’s greatest contributions to FMU arguably reside in her leadership. She has been a member (and frequently chair) of many departmental and university committees, including the Faculty Senate, the Academic Council, and the Faculty Life and Academic Freedom and Tenure Grievance Committees. In 2000, she received FMU’s first Shared Governance Award.
De Montluzin recently accepted an appointment as editor of the Journal of Press History, a new, online scholarly journal to be permanently affiliated with FMU.
Her address will honor the service to South Carolina and FMU of William C. Moran, who from 1978 to 1992 was FMU’s vice president of academic affairs and for eight years thereafter president of Lander University.
Moran began his career as a teacher of high school Latin and English in Baltimore, Md. After earning a doctorate in English at the University of Tennessee in 1965, he taught at Southeast Missouri State University and then at Berry College, where he also chaired the department of English and was named Faculty Member of the Year and Charles A. Dana Distinguished Professor. In 1971, he acceded to academic dean at Berry, and from 1975-1978 was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Winthrop University.
During his extraordinary career, Moran chaired or served on numerous civic, educational and charitable committees affiliated with, for instance, the United Way, the Boy Scouts of America, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, the Peach Belt Athletic Conference, the South Carolina Association of State Colleges and Universities, and Kiwanis International.
Upon his retirement from Lander in 2000, Moran was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor, and accepted a post as special assistant to the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the United Arab Emirates. He and his wife, Margaret, live now in Murrells Inlet and are the parents of two sons, Kevin and Thomas.
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