DAVID F. BRIGHT
David Bright received his B.A. (Hons.) in Classics from the University of Manitoba in 1962 and came down to the University of Cincinnati for graduate study (A.M. 1963, Ph.D. 1967). He taught at Williams College and then at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for two decades, during which, along with teaching, he was infected by a taste for academic administration, serving as department Chair, Director of the School of Humanities and Acting Dean of the College. He was Dean at Iowa State University before coming to Emory in 1991 as Vice-President for Arts and Sciences and Dean of Emory College. From 1997 to 2007 he taught in Classics and Comp Lit as well as serving as chair for two terms. He retired in 2007.
He has been named a Fellow by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Canada Council (declined), American Council of Learned Societies, and elected to the Society of Fellows of the American Academy in Rome; and was made Doctor of Canon Law (hon. causa) by St. John’s College, Manitoba.
His central research interest has been Latin poetry, including books on Tibullus, Statius and Dracontius; and articles and papers ranging from Homer to Ursula LeGuin. He also wrote, with Mary P. Richards, The Academic Deanship. Individual Careers and Institutional Roles (also issued in Arabic edition).
His current interests continue in the field of Late Antiquity, particularly the work of Hrabanus Maurus, and in a founding role of the International Society for Late Antique Literary Studies.
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