Title: Retired Director of the Center for Studies in Contemporary Culture
Company: University of Massachusetts
Location: Amherst, Massachusetts, United States
Dennis Porter, Retired Director of the Center for Studies in Contemporary Culture at the University of Massachusetts, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in foreign language and culture.
Dr. Porter became involved in his profession because he was interested in foreign language and culture. He studied French and German at Cambridge University, and because he was so interested in the culture of each country, he lived in Germany for a year, and then France for a year. Dr. Porter met his wife in Bordeaux, and together they relocated to the United States so he could pursue a PhD. Dr. Porter became a playwright through teaching French novels and theatre and decided to write critiques on European literature. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Cambridge University in 1967, and received a PhD from the University of California in 1966. While Dr. Porter retired in 1991, he has remained active as a playwright for the past decade. A highlight of Dr. Porter’s career was having his play, “All The Rest,” received first place in the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild’s Julie Harris Playwright competition in 2001.
Prior to retiring, Dr. Porter served as the Director of the Center for Studies in Contemporary Culture with the University of Massachusetts from 199 to 1991. He was a professor of modern European literature and theory with the University of Massachusetts and had previously served as an assistant professor at the University of California. His other plays include “Adele’s Way,” “Between Men” and “Surprised by Love Again.” In addition to the Julie Harris Award, he received the John Gassner Award. In his career, he maintained professional affiliation with the Humanities Research Center of the Australian National University, the National Endowment of the Humanities, the Modern Language Association and the Dramatists Guild of America. Furthermore, Dr. Porter served as a pilot officer in the Royal Air Force from 1952 to 1954.
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