English Professor to Deliver Lindberg Lecture April 17

English Professor to Deliver Lindberg Lecture April 17

Monday, March 03, 2014

Rochelle Lieber

Rochelle Leiber

Rochelle Lieber, professor of English and linguistics and recipient of the 2013 Lindberg Award, will deliver the Lindberg Lecture Thursday, April 17, 2014. The highest award of the College of Liberal Arts, the Lindberg Award is given annually to an outstanding teacher and scholar in the college.

Lieber’s lecture, “Confessions of a Morphologist or How I learned to Stop Intuiting and Love Data,” begins at 1 p.m. in 110 Murkland Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

“In her three-plus decades here, Professor Lieber has been both a vigorous scholar and an exemplary teacher. As a scholar, Professor Lieber has achieved at the highest levels. She has built her reputation internationally in morphology—the study of the form and formation of words—a subfield of theoretical linguistics. Indeed, she has been a key scholar in the resurgence and development of the field in the United States and is one of the first to establish the relatively new study of generative morphology,” said Ken Fuld, dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

A former winner of a UNH Award for Excellence in Teaching, Lieber receives consistently high praise from her students. 

“Students give her particularly high marks for enthusiasm, knowledge, preparation, and respectfulness. They repeatedly praise her for her ability to make a difficult subject fun, understandable, even joyful, so much so that one student notes ‘I remember being upset when class time was over. I have never felt that way about a class.’ Students often comment on her obvious passion for the material, noting how it made the subject come alive,” Fuld said. 

Lieber has traveled extensively throughout Western Europe, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States giving invited talks and conference presentations. She has published nearly 50 journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, and reviews. She has authored six books in the field: “The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology” (Oxford University Press, 2013), “Introducing Morphology” (Cambridge University Press, 2010), “Morphology and Lexical Semantics” (Cambridge University Press, 2004), “Deconstructing Morphology: Word Formation in Syntactic Theory” (University of Chicago Press, 1992), “On the Organization of the Lexicon” (Garland Publishing, Inc., 1990), and “An Integrated Theory of Autosegmental Processes” (SUNY Press, Albany, 1987). With colleague Pavol Stekauer, she has co-edited two volumes, “The Oxford Handbook of Compounding” (Oxford University Press, 2009) and “The Handbook of Word Formation” (Springer, 2005).

Lieber earned her undergraduate degree at Vassar College and her Ph.D. at MIT. She was appointed to the UNH faculty in 1981.

In keeping with tradition, the Lindberg Award celebration will include the announcement of the 2014 winner, who is Michael Ferber, professor of English and humanities. 

Michael FerberMichael Ferber

“Professor Ferber has clearly demonstrated that he possesses the highest qualities of scholarship and teaching and is therefore most deserving of the Lindberg Award.” Fuld said.

 A recipient of a UNH Award for Excellence in Teaching, Ferber has taught courses on romanticism, the epic tradition, Shakespeare, linguistics and literature, and the history of nonviolent political action, as well as the six-course sequence in western culture for the humanities program.

“A teacher of uncommon range and intelligence,” according to a former colleague, Ferber has impressed generations of students with his knowledge and enthusiasm. One student wrote, “This class was my favorite class in my entire college career.” Another remarked, “He knows everything and can express it clearly.” And another, “Dr. Ferber has a seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of the entire world.”

Ferber’s scholarship focuses on romantic poetry. In a remarkable record of publication, he has written five books about romanticism and edited two: “The Cambridge Introduction to British Romantic Poetry” (Cambridge UP, 2012), “Romanticism: A Very Short Introduction” (Oxford UP, 2010), “A Companion to European Romanticism” (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006), “European Romantic Poetry” (Longman, 2005), “The Poetry of Shelley” (Penguin, 1994), “The Poetry of William Blake” (Penguin, 1991), and “The Social Vision of William Blake” (Princeton UP, 1985). He also published “A Dictionary of Literary Symbols” (Cambridge UP, 1999), the first dictionary of symbols to be based on literature. He has approximately 50 articles and reviews to his name. In addition, he has translated 60 romantic-era poems from French, German, and Italian, and his own works have been translated into five languages. With an active interest in public affairs, Ferber has authored numerous articles related to war and peace studies and a book on the history of draft resistance, “The Resistance” (Beacon Press, 1971).

 Ferber earned his undergraduate degree at Swarthmore College and his master’s and doctorate at Harvard. He spent seven years as an assistant professor at Yale and five as a nuclear disarmament lobbyist and researcher in Washington before arriving in Durham. He was appointed associate professor at UNH in 1987 and promoted to full professor in 1993.