Keats and Conan Doyle explored

An acclaimed American poet has been appointed as the first Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professor at the University.

Professor Marianne Boruch is to explore the links between literature and medicine as part of an exchange programme.

Respected literary critic

Professor Boruch, who is also a respected literary critic, will consider how the work of poet John Keats and Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle reflects each writer’s fascination with medicine.

During the six-month visit from January 2012, Professor Boruch will lead a series of lectures, research seminars and staff seminars within the host School and will be actively involved in the University’s Creative Writing programme.

Prestigious exchange programme

Professor Boruch, a Director in the Department of English at Purdue University in the US, will also spend time at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh to help her develop a new collection of her own poetry on the theme of medical history.

The visit is organised by the US-UK Fulbright Commission, which is part of the worldwide Fulbright Program - one of the world’s most prestigious academic exchange programmes.

Promoting leadership and learning

The Fulbright Program was set by US Senator J. William Fulbright after the Second World War to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange.

Notable alumni of the scheme include economist Milton Friedman, poet Slyvia Plath and Edinburgh based mathematician Sir Michael Atiyah.

We are delighted that the US-UK Fulbright Commission has selected the College to be host to a series of three Distinguished Chair appointments. The University of Edinburgh has been attracting international scholars and contributing to international debate for more than four centuries; having such scholars join us broadens and complements our research community. The University is proud to attract staff and students from all over the world and we are delighted to extend this through this prestigious Fulbright Distinguished Chair Programme.”

Vice-Principal Professor Dorothy MiellHead of the College of Humanities and Social Science