WPI Names Patrick Quinn as Head of Humanities & Arts

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Worcester, Mass. - October 10, 2002 - Patrick J. M. Quinn has been appointed the new chairman of the Department of Humanities & Arts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Quinn joins WPI after ten years in England at University College Northampton, where he was head of the English department and later a professor of English literature.

As chairman of Humanities & Arts at WPI, Quinn will oversee more than two-dozen tenured and tenure-track faculty members teaching art history and architecture, German language and literature, history, literature, Spanish language and literature, music, philosophy and religion, and theatre & theatre technology.

At WPI, Quinn will also continue his research into the literature of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Quinn has written or edited ten books pertaining to the literature of the Great War and its aftermath on English and American society. He is the general editor of the 24-volume Robert Graves Programme being published by Carcanet Press in the United Kingdom; volume 13 has recently been released, and volume 14 is due in early 2003.

Having concentrated on British authors and poets while in England, Quinn's return to North America and WPI's proximity to great resources in the northeast will enable him to continue his studies in American literature which began with the publication of The Conning of America: The Great War and American Popular Literature (2001). He is currently working on an anthology of post-colonial short stories to be published in 2003, and is beginning to investigate the use of propaganda in Hearst newspapers between 1914 and 1918, as well as the poetry of the American decadent movement in the 1890s.

"WPI has a strong commitment to the humanities and arts as an integral part of the education of scientists, engineers, and managers as professionals and as citizens," says Lance E. Schachterle, WPI's assistant provost for academic affairs. "Patrick Quinn was attracted to WPI due to its unusual integration of the humanities and technology, and he understands the vital role the humanities play in transforming our students into well-rounded graduates."

Quinn earned a Ph.D. in English literature from The University of Warwick in Coventry, England where his dissertation dealt with the early war poetry and novels of Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon. He also holds a M.A. in English literature from the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada, and a B.A. in English and history from the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

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