Diane Krumrey, associate professor of English at the University of Bridgeport, has been selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute in Concord, Massachusetts, on the topic of “Transcendentalism and Reform in the Age of Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller.”

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers are offered by the NEH to provide college and university faculty members and independent scholars with an opportunity to enrich and revitalize their understanding of significant humanities ideas, texts, and topics.

Krumrey will study with 12 senior scholars, including two Pulizer Prize winners.

“Teaching American literature over the years, I’ve come to realize the primal influence of the Transcendentalists on American self-knowledge and spirituality. If anything, their legacy resonates even more in the 21st century,” said Krumrey. “At this seminar I’ll be able to work with the foremost scholars in Transcendental literature and history and do archival research in Concord and Amherst. This will tremendously enrich my teaching, of course, as well as my own research on Henry David Thoreau’s intellectual development.”

Krumrey teaches survey courses and advanced courses in American Literature at UB, including Women in Literature, New Styles of Storytelling, and Transcendentalism. Her areas of specialization include Early American Literature, Multicultural Literature, Contemporary Immigrant Literature, and Native American Literature. She is currently at work on a book entitled The Eloquent Savage in Early American Literature.

In 1997, she was Fulbright Professor of American Studies at Dortmund University in Dortmund, Germany.

She received the B.A. cum laude in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut.

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu