English Professor Ivan Marki Named Inaugural Recipient of LeFevre Chair
Marki's appointment will continue until December 2000. The LeFevre chair was established earlier this year as a $1.5 million charitable trust by Edmund "Ned" LeFevre, a 1946 graduate of Hamilton College, and his wife, Nancy.
Marki came to Hamilton in 1965 as an instructor in English. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1967, associate professor in 1976, and professor in 1982. He also held the Margaret Bundy Scott Associate Professor of English chair at Hamilton from 1978 to 1982.
Marki's fields of study are nineteenth-century American literature and literary theory. He has written a book on Walt Whitman, "The Trial of a Poet," (Columbia U. Press 1976) and lectured on Whitman and American poetry. From 1987 to 1997, he delivered a series of lectures in the "American Dreams Humanities Series in Public Libraries" at various libraries in New York State. Marki was also a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Debrecen, Hungary, in 1991-92.
Hamilton College is a highly selective residential college offering its 1,650 students a rigorous liberal arts curriculum. Students are challenged to think, write and speak critically, creatively and analytically, so that upon graduation they may distinguish themselves in both their professions and their communities.