Author to Present Eckler Lecture at Mount Union

January 31, 2012

Philip GerardPhilip Gerard, chair and professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, will present the Mary W. and Eric A. Eckler Endowment in Literature and Drama at the University of Mount Union on Thursday, February 16 at 10:30 a.m. in Presser Recital Hall. He will present The Patron Saint of Dreams, which is the title of his newest book that will be released in March. Immediately following Gerard’s lecture, a book signing will be held in the lobby of Cope Music Hall. Many of his books are currently available for purchase in Mount Union’s University Store.
Gerard is the author of Secret Soldiers, Cape Fear Rising, Hatteras Light, Desert Kill and Brilliant Passage, among others. His work also has been published in numerous magazines including New England Review/Bread Loaf Quarterly, Creative Nonfiction, Hawai'i Review, Hayden's Ferry Review and The World & I.
At the University of North Carolina Wilmington, he teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the fine arts programs. He received the Faculty Scholarship Award, the College of Arts & Science Teaching Award, the Chancellor's Medal for Excellence in Teaching, the Graduate Mentor Award, the Board of Trustees Teaching Award and a Distinguished Teaching Professorship. Gerard also is a visiting faculty member at Goucher College, teaching creative nonfiction in its summer residency Master of Fine Arts Program. He and his wife, Jill, are co-editors of Chautauqua, the literary journal of the Chautauqua Writers’ Center.
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, he taught at Arizona State University and Lake Forest College as well as served as a writer in residence at Bradford College and Old Dominion University. Gerard also has taught at Sand Hills and Bread Loaf Writers Conferences, and conducted workshops at the Wildacres Summer Writers Retreat and Chautauqua Institution in New York.
He has written nearly 10 half-hour shows for Globe Watch, an international affairs program, for a PBS-affiliate TV station in North Carolina. Gerard also scripted River Run – down the Cape Fear to the Sea, an environmental documentary. This hour-long program won a Silver Reel of Merit from the International Television Association in 1994.
Gerard earned a bachelor’s degree in English and anthropology from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Arizona.
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The Eckler Lecture in Literature and Drama was established in 1981 through an endowment given by Mr. John A. and Mrs. Dorothy (Nelson ’29) Cummins in appreciation of the many years of service to the community and Mount Union by the Ecklers. Dr. Eric A. and Mrs. Mary Eckler were long-time faculty members in the Department of Education at the institution.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Presser Recital Hall is located in Cope Music Hall on the corner of Union Avenue and Simpson Street on Mount Union’s campus. For more information on the Eckler Lecture, contact the Office of Alumni Relations and University Activities at (330) 823-2030 or
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