On campus and among students, Dr. Travis Curtright is known for a lively, engaging classroom and for teaching and directing Shakespeare’s plays. A popular professor, the class of 2012 elected him as their faculty speaker for graduation.
Also an active scholar, Dr. Curtright is author of a new book, The One Thomas More, which is forthcoming from the Catholic University of America Press. Advance reviews are promising. Richard Harp, editor of the Ben Jonson Journal, proclaims: “Travis Curtright has produced one of the most carefully nuanced and balanced portraits of Thomas More yet published.” So, too, Marie-Claire Phélippeau, editor of the international journal of More studies, Moreana, writes: “The One Thomas More is a convincing reappraisal of Thomas More's life and writings, coming after decades of contradictory critiques. Also of importance are Curtright's insights into aspects of More that have so far remained marginal in scholarship, such as More the moralist or More the philosopher, which here complete a portrait of the sixteenth century statesman, author and polemicist, in a particularly comprehensive study.” The book is scheduled for public release this October.
Dr. Curtright’s scholarship on More and Renaissance humanism made him a good choice to direct a new and creative program of interdisciplinary studies. The major in Humanities and Liberal Studies allows students to design their own overall schedule of courses with an advisor and emphasizes innovative humanist inquiry. In addition, the Humanities program is home to the prestigious Fortin Lecture Series and features a spring, 2013 “Homerathon,” which is a 24-hour reading and celebration of Homer’s epic poem, the Iliad. This event will include an Honors colloquium and the translator of the poem, Dr. Stanley Lombardo, will perform a reading of the last book. The Humanities program, finally, includes the productions of Dr. Curtright’s Shakespeare in Performance, which doubles as a course and as the University’s singular and talented acting troupe.