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Video of the Ceremony

WRTC faculty member Dr. Ralph Cohen was honored for both his gift to the JMU Libraries and his receipt of the first James Madison University Provost's Distinguished Professorship.

Dr. Cohen's Gift Collection comprises more than 5,500 books representing diverse scholarly fields such as philosophy, aesthetics, art history, film studies, linguistics and literary theory.

The Provost's Distinguished Professorship recognizes outstanding individuals who bring distinction to the university through their own professional achievements in scholarship and academic leadership.

Dr. Cohen taught at UCLA and the University of Virginia, where he served as the William R. Kenen, Jr. Professor of English from 1968 until his retirement earlier this year. He also founded the journal New Literary History in 1969, and which edited until 2009.

Images from the Ceremony

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Dr. Ralph Cohen with JMU President Dr. Linwood Rose Dr. Ralph Cohen with the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication Director Dr. Larry Burton
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Interim Provost Dr. A. Jerry Benson presenting Dr. Ralph Cohen with the first James Madison University Provost's Distinguished Professorship Dr. Ralph Cohen making remarks to the audience
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Dean Of Libraries and Educational Technologies Dr. Ralph Alberico thanking Dr. Cohen for his gift.