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Professor Donna Yarri lectures during annual Literary Festival

Date: 10/29/2010

Img: YarriDr. Donna Yarri lectured about her new book, Kafka’s Creature: Animals, Hybrids and other Fantastic Beings as part of the 2010 Literary Festival celebration at Alvernia University, on October 28.

In her book, Yarri discusses Fraz Kafka and his use of animals in his writings. During her presentation, she gave a short biography of Kafka, the works he completed, and Kafka as a writer. Dr. Yarri joked that, “If you’re looking for laughs, don’t read Kafka!” She concluded her presentation by taking questions from the audience.
In addition, Yarri was named Alvernia’s first Neag Professor — an endowed faculty position — on September 24, in a small ceremony in the university’s Franco Library. Named for Ray and Carole Neag, the appointment will help Yarri as she pursues further writing.

“Donna is a respected and accomplished teacher, diverse in her interests and versatile in the range of courses offered,” said Alvernia President Thomas F. Flynn. “She has an impressive and sustained record of disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship — with three books already to her credit, numerous shorter pieces, and, at all times, an array of new and emerging projects.”

  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
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  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
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