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Ross M. Lence Master Teacher Residency

2014 Ross M. Lence Master Teacher: Paul Cantor

WB AllenPaul Cantor, professor of English at the University of Virginia, will present "The Economics of Apocalypse: Flying Saucers, Alien Invasions, and the Walking Dead."

During the Master-Teacher Residency, Dr. Cantor will also take part in a session of this year's Lence Seminar, which is dedicated to Greek Political Thought.

Dr. Cantor will also deliver a lecture to Human Situation students on Hamlet. He wrote a book-length study of the play in 1989. Dr. Cantor's other books include Creature and Creator: Myth-Making and English Romanticism, Gilligan Unbound: Pop Culture in the Age of Globalization, and The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture: Liberty vs. Authority in American Film and TV.

Join us for the 2014 Lence Residency events Feb. 20-21

  • Thursday, Feb. 20 (5:30 p.m.) - For the Lence Master Teacher Seminar, Dr. Cantor will explore the idea of comedy and tragedy in Plato's Symposium in his lecture "The Quarrel Between Philosophy and Poetry in the Symposium."
  • Friday, Feb. 21 (noon) - Dr. Cantor will present a lecture on Hamlet to Human Situtation students.
  • Friday, Feb. 21 (6:30 p.m.) -The Honors College presents the Lence Master Teacher Dinner, where Dr. Cantor will lecture on "The Economics of Apocalypse: Flying Saucers, Alien Invasions, and the Walking Dead in American Pop Culture." For more information or to RSVP, contact Peter Hyland at or 713.743.3220.

Ross LenceRoss M. Lence

I attempt to lead my students on a journey of the mind. Some days are good; some days are not so good. But every day I remind myself that teaching is like missionary work, and that I am the messenger, not the message. I constantly strive to bring others to see the excitement, as well as the limits, offered by the life of the mind. I encourage all students to be bold in their thoughts, moderate in their actions, and courageous in their pursuit of truth—wherever it is and however it can be known.

Dr. Lence’s career was marked by his commitment to the transformative effect of undergraduate education. He brought with him each and every day a profound energy and intense interest in books and young people. His mode of interaction was conversational, his style provocative, and his dedication to students relentless. He evoked from them an eagerness to work at their highest level, and he challenged colleagues to put aside old habits and conventional ways of looking at things.  

Each academic year, The Lence Master Teacher Residency Program invites a "master teacher" to the Honors College at the University of Houston to engage with students, faculty, alumni, and friends of the Honors College. This conference-like engagement spans the course of a week and features lectures for Honors College courses; workshops with faculty, students, and alumni on key texts in the Western intellectual tradition; informal small group discussions; lunches, receptions, and other social engagements. In particular, the Residency will provide a venue for an annual reunion of dedicated students and friends of Professor Ross Lence.

Reminiscent of the "writer-in-residence" model, the Lence Master Teacher Residency program invites a scholar to the University and the City to share the intellectual and personal characteristics of Professor Ross M. Lence, the man in whose memory this series is created.  

To make a contribution to the Honors College or for additional information, contact Peter Hyland in the Honors College at 713.743.3220 or