More than eighty students, faculty, and community members attended the 2009 Steinbeck Lecture given by Dr. Lauren Onkey, Vice President for Education and Public Programs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, Ohio.
Her topic was “Bruce Springsteen’s John Steinbeck.” The event took place on October 12, 2009 in Bracken Library. Dr. Onkey taught post-colonial literature and cultural studies in Ball State’s Department of English. She has published essays and book chapters on Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, U2, and Bruce Springsteen. Her book Celtic Soul Brothers: Blackness and Transatlantic Irish Identity will be published by Routledge Press later this year.
The Steinbeck Lecture Series was founded by Dr. and Mrs. Tetsumaro Hayashi in honor of Dr. Richard W. and Mrs. Dorothy Burkhardt and Dr. John J. and Mrs. Angeline R. Pruis, whose generosity has helped Ball State University to honor internationally prominent Steinbeck scholars and educators for nearly 30 years. Dr. Hayashi is a noted Steinbeck scholar, past president of the Steinbeck Society of America, and the founder of the Steinbeck Research Institute at Ball State University. Dr. Robert D. Habich, Professor of English, and Mr. John B. Straw, Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections in the University Libraries, serve as coorganizers for the Steinbeck Lecture Series. For more information, contact John B. Straw, JStraw@bsu.edu, 765-285-5078, or Dr. Robert Habich, RHabich@bsu.edu, 765-285-8407.