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Hanrahan, Jarman to be featured in Lectures & Libations April 14

ISSUED: 2 April 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s Lectures & Libations continues on Sunday, April 14, at 5 p.m. at the Town Run Tap House and Community Pub, 202 E. Washington St., with talks by Dr. Heidi Hanrahan, professor of English, and Dr. Lois Jarman, director of international affairs.

Hanrahan will give a short lecture titled “‘The Black Cat’: Edgar Allan Poe and Pets in Nineteenth-Century America” and Jarman will discuss “A Happy, Productive Brain: Effectively Using Brain Research to Support Learning at Any Age.” A question-and-answer session will follow the lectures, inviting the community to engage in the conversation.

“Both speakers come from different areas of expertise and will offer the community an eclectic, lively, and thought-provoking experience,” said Dr. Matt Kushin, a member of the L&L Committee that organizes the events.

Kushin said Lectures & Libations is meant to be a bridge between the university and community that raises the profile of Shepherd and Shepherd faculty and provides an opportunity for faculty to offer educational and entertaining lectures to the public. Kushin said the first event in the series drew 100 people and the second had 80.

“We’re thrilled with the reception the community has given to this speaker series,” Kushin said. “Past speakers have been dynamic and powerful and have come from an array of academic disciplines. They have brought forth different challenges, perspectives, and insights on various issues. We look forward to building on that foundation with the exciting line up we have for April 14.”

The Tap House kitchen closes at 4:30 p.m., so those wanting to order food will need to arrive early. This is the final event for the spring semester. New events will be planned for the fall. For more information visit

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