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Dr. Liza E Davis

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Dr. Liza E Davis

Dr. Liza Davis received her Ph.D. in English from Emory University in 1980 and subsequently taught literature courses at the University of Alabama in Huntsville before marrying, returning to Atlanta, and continuing her teaching career at Kennesaw State University. For 20 years she served as KSU's Undergraduate Honors Director, retiring in 2016. Now Professor Emerita of English, she has taught interdisciplinary courses on topics ranging from utopian/dystopian literature to the intersections between literature and science (a good excuse to teach Frankenstein). But she has also enjoyed offering classes on eighteenth-, nineteeth-, and twentieth-century British and American poetry; on Arthurian literature and film; and on "Great Books" in world literature.

Her first OLLI course was on the poetry of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey, who has shaped her experiences as a biracial Southern woman into remarkably accessible, thought-provoking, and beautiful verse. Dr. Davis hopes to teach this course to OLLI students again, as well as offer other classes in her repertory.