Professor of English Vincent Odamtten presented the first Dr. Robert Milton Young Memorial Lecture in African American Literary and Cultural Theory on Jan. 27, at the University of Alabama. The recently established lecture series honors Robert M. Young ’90 who died in January 2010. Odamtten was Young’s mentor while Young was a student at Hamilton. In “The Pleasures of Influence and Reciprocity” Odamtten spoke about his professional relationship with Young.
A native of Upstate New York, Young taught courses in African American literature and literary theory at the University of Alabama from 1997 to 2010 and was promoted to professor shortly before his death. He served as the UA College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Fellow from 2004 to 2007.
Recently Odamtten reflected about Young, saying he was “the kind of student whose intellectual enthusiasm affirmed all your reasons for becoming a teacher” and “he was a delight to read and to hear in discussion groups where it was easy to recognize the emergent scholar-teacher he was to become.”