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Provost Lecture Series: English professor Shea to present Oct. 31


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – An Austin Peay State University English professor will present the next session of the Provost Lecture Series this week at APSU.

Dr. Daniel Shea, APSU associate professor of English, will present at 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31, in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. He will discuss his paper, “Time Travel by Bicycle: The Country, the City, and the Cyclist in Late-Victorian England,” which uses accounts of bicycling in Victorian novels to examine how people moved easily between antiquated rural communities and modern cities during that era’s agricultural depression.

All sessions of the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public.

Shea, an avid cyclist, earned his Ph.D. in British Victorian literature from the University of Oregon. He is the coordinator of the graduate program in English at APSU, and he has presented papers on bicycling in Victorian literature and culture at the International Cycling History Conference in Belgium (2012) and at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (2011). Shea also will present on this topic at the Victorians Institute conference in November 2013. He is currently co-editing, with Dr. Jeremy Withers of Iowa State University, a book that collects essays on bicycling in literature and culture. Shea also has published articles on Victorian authors William Morris, Olive Schreiner and Richard Jefferies.

In 2014, Shea will teach two study abroad London courses: a 4-week summer course on Sherlock Holmes' London, and a world literature course which travels to London over spring break. 

Sessions of the Provost Lecture Series can be viewed in real time via online streaming at Other sessions in the Provost Lecture Series also are planned for the academic year. All sessions are from 3-4:30 p.m. in the MUC, Room 303. To see a schedule of upcoming speakers, visit

The Provost Lecture Series seeks to foster a spirit of intellectual and scholarly inquiry among faculty, staff and students. The program will be used as a platform for APSU faculty members who are recent recipients of provost summer grants, who have been awarded faculty development leaves and who have engaged in recent scholarly inquiry during sabbatical leaves.

For more information about the Provost Lecture Series, call Dr. Brian Johnson, assistant vice president of academic affairs at APSU, at 931-221-7992 or email him at