Paul Lauter

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Paul Lauter "is Allan K. and Gwendolyn Miles Smith Professor of Literature at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He has served as President of the American Studies Association (of the United States), and he is General Editor of the groundbreaking Heath Anthology of American Literature, now in its fifth edition.

"In the 1960s, Lauter served as Peace Education Secretary and Director of Peace Studies for the American Friends Service Committee, and executive director of the U.S. Servicemen's Fund. During 1964 and 1965 he worked in freedom schools in Mississippi, then in Roosevelt University's Upward Bound program, and in 1967 he became director of the first community school project in the nation, at Adams-Morgan in Washington, D.C. He was also active in the faculty and staff union at the State University of New York, serving as statewide vice-president for academics, as chapter president, and as grievance officer, among other positions. He was also one of the founders of The Feminist Press and its treasurer and an editor for fourteen years.

"Lauter has served as director of American Studies, as English department chair, and has for many years been the director of the graduate program in American Studies." [1] Cv

  • Co-founder, Treasurer, Board of Directors, Editor, The Feminist Press, 1971-1984.

Select Appointments

  • 2004 Visiting Fulbright Professor, American Studies, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
  • 1971-72 Executive Director, United States Servicemen's Fund
  • 1965-67 Peace Education Secretary, Chicago Region, American Friends Service Committee

Select Grants

  • 2004 Fulbright Senior Specialist award for teaching in Austria
  • 2003 Fulbright award for teaching in Russia
  • 2000-2006 Henry A. Luce and Ford Foundations, grants for project to create an American literature anthology for students in Asia
  • 1987-88 National Endowment for the Humanities, Research Fellowship
  • 1986 N.E.H. Grant for Travel to Archives 1987-88 National Endowment for the Humanities, Research Fellowship
  • 1986 N.E.H. Grant for Travel to Archives
  • 1981-1986 Reconstructing American Literature Project; grants from Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education; Lilly Endowment; Rockefeller Foundation
  • 1979-80 National Endowment for the Humanities, Research Fellowship
  • 1975 National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend
  • 1956-57 Junior Sterling Fellowship, Yale University

Other Select Educations Activities

  • Salzburg Seminar: Literature of Ethnicity of the U.S., 1995.
  • USIA Winter Institute, University of Delaware, 1997, 1998.
  • Fulbright Summer School, faculty, Yasnaya Polyana, Russia, 2003.

Selection Committees

  • Panelist, National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship program, 1994, 1995, 2009.
  • Panelist, American Council of Learned Societies fellowship program, 1995, 1996, 1997.
  • Panelist, Ford Foundation Minority fellowship program, 1998.
  • Fulbright selection committee for Vietnam, 2001-03.
  • Fulbright Selection Committee for Senior Specialists Program, 2006-08

Select Books

  • From Walden Pond to Jurassic Park: Culture, Activism, American Studies. Durham: Duke University Press, 2001.
  • The Conspiracy of the Young (with Florence Howe). New York: World, 1970.
  • Teaching About Peace Issues. Philadelphia: American Friends Service Committee, 1965.

Early articles

  • "Rising Opposition to the Draft" (with Florence Howe). New York Review of Books 10 (June 20, 1968): 25-31.
  • "Draft Reform and Draft Resistance" (with Richard Flacks and Florence Howe). Liberation 11 (January, 1967): 34-39.
  • "Reflections of a Jewish Activist." Conservative Judaism 19 (Summer, 1965): 12-21.
  • "Kissinger and Cousins: No Guarantees Exist." The Massachusetts Review 2 (Winter, 1961): 362-368.
  • "The Hero of Nothing" (on Rochefort's Warrior's Rest). The Nation 189 (Oct. 10, 1959): 216-217.
  • "The Jewish Hero: Two Views." The New Republic 139 (Nov. 24, 1958): 18-19.

Resources and articles

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  1. Paul Lauter, Trinity College, accessed April 16, 2010.