Dr. William Keach, English professor at Brown University and Robstown native, will give a lecture at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in the building named for his grandfather.

Keach will speak at noon, Friday, April 16, in the Blue Room in Sam Fore Hall. His topic is The Ruins of Empire. A question and answer session will follow the lecture. He also will be honored at a reception in the lobby of Fore Hall at 11 a.m.

"It is important to showcase scholars such as Dr. Keach that graduated from small schools in South Texas communities like Robstown to demonstrate that our area graduates can compete with the best in the world," said Dr. Rumaldo Juarez, professor and president emeritus. "His accomplishments in literature are internationally recognized and appreciated. These bring notoriety and pride to Robstown High School and other smaller schools in our region.

"Dr. Keach is a role model to other high school graduates who follow in his footsteps and will very likely serve to motivate them to succeed in school and pursue their dreams," Juarez said.

"It is important to have someone like Dr. Keach speak to our faculty and students, not only for the intellectual enlightenment he can give, but also for the inspiration he provides to our students," said Dr. Susan Roberson, professor and chair of the language and literature department. "Dr. Keach was raised in Robstown and has made a prestigious career as an English professor at a top-notch university."

Sam Fore was Keach's grandfather. He is a 1961 graduate of Robstown High School, just two years ahead of Juarez, who also was a Cotton Picker.

This event is sponsored by Texas A&M-Kingsville, the office of the vice president for student affairs, the Southwest Borderland Research Center, the department of language and literature and the Nueces County Keach Family Library in Robstown. The library, just off US 77 in Robstown, was named after the Keach family for all the work they did for the betterment of the city.

Keach will take part in a second event in the area from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Saturday, April 17, at the Keach Family Library's Multipurpose Room. He will present lecture and have a reception in his honor.

About Dr. William Keach

Keach has been teaching at Brown University since 1986. His research interests include 18th and 19th century British literature and culture, including Blake, Wollstonecraft, Coleridge, Bryon, Shelley, Keats and other writers in the romantic tradition as well as literary theory, historical materialism and Transatlantic literary culture.

Prior to working at Brown, Keach taught at Rutgers University. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas, his master's from Oxford University and his doctorate from Yale University.

Keach received the Rhodes Scholarship, the Yale University Sterling Fellowship, the Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching from Rutgers University, the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Keats-Shelley Association of America.