Prof. Kathryn Kalinak to deliver Thorp Lecture, Nov. 30

Kathryn Kalinak
This year’s Thorp Lecture – “Scoring the West: Notes on Dimitri Tiomkin, Howard Hawks, and the Western” – will be given by Kathryn Kalinak on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 4 p.m. in Alger Hall 110. A reception will follow at 5 p.m.


Kalinak, a RIC professor of English, is the 2011-12 Mary Tucker Thorp College Professor, which is awarded each academic year to a full professor with at least six years of service at the college who has demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship and/or professional and collegial service.

The professorship honors the contributions of Mary Tucker Thorp, whose career at the college spanned the time period of 1926-1967.

Kalinak teaches in the English Department and the Film Studies Program at RIC. She has published the books “Settling the Score: Music in the Classical Hollywood Film” (1992), “How the West Was Sung: Music in the Westerns of John Ford” (2007), “Film Music: A Very Short Introduction” (2010), and her most recent work, “Music in the Western: Notes From the Frontier” (2011).

Funds to support the Thorp College Professorship were provided by a generous bequest in the will of Mary Tucker Thorp and are held in the Tucker Thorp Fund, which is administered by the Rhode Island College Foundation.