The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University is pleased to announce that Lauren E. Shohet, Ph.D., a professor of English at Villanova, has been appointed the first holder of the Luckow Family Endowed Chair in English Literature. The Chair is designed to support a nationally recognized scholar and highly-regarded teacher, enhancing the scholarly reputation of the department, college, and university, as well as advancing the education of Villanova literature students, both undergraduate and graduate. Dr. Shohet will hold the chair for five years.
"The Luckow Family's vision in endowing this Chair acknowledges literature and literary studies as a vibrant resource for coming to grips with today's proliferating media, writerly voices, and belief systems," Dr. Shohet said.
Dr. Shohet specializes in early-modern English poetry and drama, the history of material texts, and the theory of literary form. She is the author of Reading Masques: The English Masque and Public Culture in the Seventeenth Century (Oxford University Press, 2010), and of many articles and essays on adaptation, form, reading, and works of Milton, Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, and early-modern women poets. She is the recipient of fellowships and prizes from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, and the Shakespeare Association of America. Read more.
About the Luckow Family
Through their personal interest and The Luckow Family Foundation, Robert W. and Audrey Luckow have distinguished themselves as philanthropists who have generously supported a variety of worthy causes. In addition to providing critical resources to Villanova through endowing the Chair in English and supporting the University's Annual Fund, their gifts have touched the lives of many in significant ways, from ensuring access to top-quality health care to providing spiritual, recreational, and educational opportunities for children in need.
Beyond their kind financial support, Mr. and Mrs. Luckow have contributed to the vitality of the University through their former service on the Parents Executive Committee, the lead parent volunteer group within University Advancement's Parent Program, which works with Villanova's Office of Student Life, Career Center, and Enrollment Management to create strategies to reach more parents and involve them more closely in the life of the University.Through the establishment of The Luckow Family Endowed Chair in English and The Luckow Family Endowed Fund for Scholarships in Education, the Luckow family has bolstered the innovative, mission-driven programs that serve to define the Villanova experience, distinguish the College and the University, and provide students with a solid foundation of Augustinian values and knowledge.