Retiring professor to present “last lecture”

Kenneth Ericksen, professor of English at Linfield College for more than 45 years, will present a “last lecture” Thursday, May 13, at 7 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

Ericksen has taught hundreds of Linfield students about Shakespeare, children’s literature and the great works by numerous authors. He’s led January Term classes to England and alumni groups to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. He’s given countless faculty lectures, organized lectures and visits by authors and poets, and played an active role in the life of Linfield College.

When asked what he would title his final lecture – if he only had one more lecture to give – he said: “Waiting for Godot or Obtain from the Brook or Jam Yesterday, Jam Tomorrow, but Never Jam Today.”

Ericksen will reveal the meaning during his “last lecture,” which is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

For more information, contact Debbie Harmon, director of alumni relations, 503-883-2607,