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Michael McGregor, professor of English and nonfiction writing at Portland State University, will give a lecture on poet Robert Lax at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, entitled “Robert Lax: On the Road in Search of an Authentic Life.”
McGregor’s talk, which will take place in the Rigas Family Theater of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, will draw from his friendship with Lax during the latter stages of the Olean native’s life.
Dr. Lauren Matz, professor of English, said she thinks McGregor’s talk will elucidate many fascinating things about Lax’s life as a traveling writer.
“Michael knew Lax well for the last 15 years of his life and visited him yearly in Greece, where Lax settled after decades of traveling,” Matz said. “He sees Lax as a man on a quest — a quest to live an authentic, simple life of faith and thought and love and poetry. He tells the story of how this man shaped this good life through his travels and his experiences, from New York to France to Greece, from magazine journalism to clowning in a circus.”
Dr. Wolfgang Natter, dean of the school of arts and sciences, said McGregor will help the St. Bonaventure community continue to reflect upon and celebrate Lax’s legacy.
“St. Bonaventure has an enduring and special relation to the work and legacy of Robert Lax,” Natter said. “I am delighted that Professor McGregor, who has recently completed a biography on Olean’s native son, will soon join us on campus and in the community to continue our reflections on Lax’s significance.”
Matz also said she thinks all members of the campus community can find something to enjoy in McGregor’s talk.
“I think members of the St. Bonaventure community who don’t know much about Robert Lax will be enlightened by Michael’s stories about this man who threw away the typical American materialistic dream and instead found a wonderful, real world of artistic freedom and a community of faith,” she said.
“And people who are well acquainted with Lax’s life and career will find much to savor in Michael’s stories about his own friendship with Lax and about what he has uncovered in his intensive research into Lax’s life and work.”
This event is sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences, the Visiting Scholars Program and the SBU English department.
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