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Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence announced

January 29, 2001

Fiction writer and essayist David H. Bradley has been appointed to the Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts.

Bradley is teaching an undergraduate literature course, “Civil Rights and Literature,” and conducts a fiction-writing workshop for undergraduates and graduate students. He will deliver a lecture, “The Function of Lynching in Contemporary America: To Make Them Stand in Fear,” Feb. 8 in the African American Cultural Center and a fiction reading at 8 p.m. April 10 in the Gentry Auditorium.

Bradley also will participate in the annual symposium honoring the late Joseph Asanbe and will be responsible for inviting other writers to the campus through the Visiting Writers Series.

Bradley earned a bachelor's degree in creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania in 1972 and a master's degree in United States Studies at the University of London in 1974.

A professor of English at Temple University from 1976 to 1997, Bradley has been a visiting professor at many universities, among them the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Colgate University, the College of William and Mary and the University of Nottingham.

He has given readings and lectures throughout the United States and in Japan, Korea, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia.

He is the author of two novels, “South Street” (1975) and “The Chaneysville Incident” (1981), which was awarded the 1982 PEN/Faulkner Prize and an Academy Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

His non-fiction has appeared in the “Philadelphia Inquirer” magazine, “Esquire,” “Redbook,” “The New York Times,” “The Los Angeles Times,” “The New Yorker,” “The Nation” and elsewhere.

Bradley also has written several screenplays, a collection of short stories, “Raystown,” and co-edited “The Encyclopedia of Civil Rights in America” (1998).

A recipient of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the national Endowment for the Arts, he is completing a non-fiction book, “The Bondage Hypothesis: Meditations on Race, History and America,” and a novel, “The Book of Wisdom.”