Monica Miller ’92 to Present Third Annual William W. Cook Lecture



Award winning author Monica Miller ’92, associate professor of English at Barnard College, presents the 2011 Cook Lecture on May 3. (courtesy Monica Miller)

Monica Miller ’92 will present the Department of English’s third annual William W. Cook Lecture on Tuesday, May 3, at 4 p.m. in the Sanborn Library. The lecture is held in honor of William W. Cook, the Israel Evans Professor of Oratory and Belles Lettres, Emeritus. Miller, associate professor of English at Barnard College, specializes in African-American and American literature and cultural studies. Her book Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity, which will be the subject of her lecture, was awarded the Modern Language Association’s 2010 William Sanders Scarborough Prize for outstanding scholarly study of black American literature or culture.

“Monica was a student with a lot of range; she did classics and early modern literature before writing a thesis on women writers from southern Africa,” says Alexandra Halasz, associate professor of English, who served as Miller’s thesis advisor. “It’s a deep pleasure to be able to bring Monica back to campus for the Cook Lecture. I’m sure faculty—those who taught her and those who are her colleagues—and students will enjoy hearing about her work on the black dandy.”

This event is free and open to the public.

Lauren Dowling