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Dr. Erik Liddell

  • Honors Faculty Fellow; Assistant Professor of Humanities

Bio  •  Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

  • Department: EKU Honors Program
  • Office: University 137A
  • Mailing Address: University 137
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  • Phone: 859-622-2267


Having come to EKU from an interdisciplinary liberal arts college, I was delighted to take up an initial profile in Comparative Humanities, and over the course of several years to become increasingly involved with the Honors Program, where creative, experimental, team-taught courses are the norm, and where interactive teaching and learning are essential ingredients of the process. I really value the open-ended and searching inquiry that takes place in Honors courses, as well as the collaborative spirit that reigns. In my new position as Honors Faculty Fellow, I have really enjoyed becoming a more full contributor to the program, serving on the advisory committee, and coaching the Quick Recall team. Another hat that I wear on campus is that of Chautauqua Coordinator, ushering EKU's distinguished lecture series into its sixteenth year.  

My college career began with a year as an engineering and physics major at Kansas State, where I took a full semester course focused entirely on the first millisecond after the Big Bang! But I also took Honors courses in English and French, and this experience led me seriously to consider the humanities as an alternate path. After a change of focus, I completed a Liberal Studies degree in the Great Books program at Brock University in Ontario, Canada, where I also focused on French literature, Latin and Philosophy. From there, I went on to earn an MA and a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto. Prior to arriving at EKU, I taught at several other universities, in Ontario, Georgia, and Nova Scotia. My scholarly interests, which remain very broadly interdisciplinary, include aesthetics, critical theory, the study of narrative, adaptation and translation studies, Latin literature, the Classical age, Early Modern Culture, especially French Renaissance and Enlightenment studies, and the work of Marcel Proust. I have presented and published work on writers and thinkers such as Voltaire, Rousseau and Goethe, authored the first English translations of essays by Emilie du Chatelet and Alexandro Malaspina, and contributed a number of translations to the Collaborative Translation Project of the Encyclopedia of Diderot and d'Alembert.  

Currently, my teaching in Honors includes Rhetoric, Opera: from Page to Stage, and Revolutions in the Arts: the Avant-Garde. 

In my free time, what I enjoy most is playing music (guitar, fiddle, trumpet, drums, and more). I used to be in an alt-rock band that recorded and released both a cassette tape and a CD (way back in the day!), receiving some college and national airplay in Canada, and doing some limited touring from Buffalo and Toronto to Ottawa and Montreal. I continue to experiment with songwriting and home recording, and I love to get out and play when I can with the EKU Appalachian and Bluegrass Organization. I also enjoy walking and hiking, and especially birdwatching. I have participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count, and one year I was a volunteer with the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas, identifying around 100 different species of mating pairs in a 100 square kilometer area of Niagara Peninsula. I am married to KellyAnn, who has degrees in Philosophy, teaches part-time at EKU, is co-coach of the Quick Recall team, and has put up with my quirks and quarks for 20 years now. 

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