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Lecture on “Sir Walter Ralegh: Fortune’s Tennis Ball” by Christopher Armitage

when: Feb. 3, 2013

DVD recording of this talk is available in the gift shop fro $10 plus $5 shipping.
The Joel Lane Museum House was proud to announce a lecture on ““Sir Walter Ralegh: Fortune’s Tennis Ball” by Christopher Armitage of UNC-CH on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 2 pm in the Visitors Center at 160 South Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. Admission was $15 for the general public and $10 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. Refreshments were served. Seating was limited, and advanced payment was required. Please call 919-833-3431 with your MasterCard or Visa, or mail a check to P O Box 10884, Raleigh NC 27605. Be sure to include the names of all in your party; nametags will serve as tickets. Tickets were non-refundable unless we must cancel the event.

Christopher Mead Armitage is Professor of Distinguished Teaching and Adjunct Professor of Peace, War and Defense Deptartment and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Armitage will discuss the ambiguities and reversals in Raleigh’s life. Professor Armitage, who joined the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty in 1967, specializes in seventeenth- and twentieth-century English and Canadian literature. His lively style and personal interest in his students have earned him several awards for excellent teaching: UNC Board of Governors Award for career excellence in teaching in 2009, a Tanner Award for excellence in undergraduate instruction in 2003, his second Bowman and Gordon Gray chair (1986-1989, 2005-2010) for excellence in inspirational teaching of undergraduates, the first UNC Professor of Distinguished Teaching in 1995, and the Nicholas Salgo Award in 1981. Armitage earned a bachelor’s degree with honors (1954) and a master’s degree (1958) from Oxford University. He earned a second master’s degree from the University of Western Ontario in Canada in 1964, and a doctorate from Duke University in 1967.

Since 1970 Dr. Armitage has returned annually to England to conduct a six-week study program on “Shakespeare in Performance” for students and alumni. In addition, Armitage lectures frequently for the Carolina Speakers program. He appeared on horseback and in eighteenth-century costume to represent William R. Davie at UNC’s Bicentennial and on later occasions. His recent publications include The Poetry of Piety: An Annotated Anthology of Christian Poetry, which he compiled with UNC alumnus Rev. Dr. Ben Witherington; and “Blue China and Blue Moods: Oscar Fashioning Himself at Oxford” in Oscar Wilde: The Man, His Writings and His World, ed. Robert N. Keane. His latest publication is due out in the fall of 2013. He is editor of Literary and Visual Ralegh: Essays on Writings and Pictorial Representations of Sir Walter Ralegh to be published by the University of Manchester press.

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Thank you for giving us a tour of the Joel Lane House.  I liked the chamber pot.