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 Dr. Helen Hennessy Vendler

Commencement Honorary Degree Recipient vendler Dr. Helen Hennessy Vendler is highly regarded for her writings on poetry, notably her studies of Shakespeare's sonnets, Keats' odes, and contemporary poetry in English. She has been poetry critic for The New Yorker since 1978, and her more than 300 essays and reviews have been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and The London Review of Books. She is the author and/or editor of 18 books, including "The Art of Shakespeare”s Sonnets," an illuminating poem-by-poem analysis of all 154 sonnets.

Dr. Vendler, who lectures frequently in both the U.S. and Europe, has received the Lowell Prize, National Book Critics Award, and Truman Capote Award. She has been a Fulbright Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, Overseas Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge, and Charles Stewart Parnell Fellow at Magdalen College, Cambridge. She has received honorary degrees from a number of schools, including Columbia University, Smith College, and Trinity College in Dublin.