Dr. Peter T. Whelan to deliver 10th Moran Address
Francis Marion University professor emeritus of English Dr. Peter T. Whelan will deliver the 10th William C. Moran Address on Thursday, March 31, at 4 p.m. in the Lowrimore Auditorium (room 114) of the Cauthen Educational Media Center on the Francis Marion University campus. Admission is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in FMU’s Cottage, where a printed version of Dr. Whelan’s address will be available.
Dr. Whelan’s address is titled “Eve and the Monomyth: The Journey of a Neglected Hero.” In his address, Dr. Whelan will revisit the story of Eve by conducting a literary comparison between the famous story in Genesis and several folk or fairy tales similar in structure or intent, and in so doing examine the role and character of all involved, particularly Eve and Yaweh.
Dr. Peter Whelan was born in rural Gloucestershire, in the west of England, shortly after World War II. He attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and was commissioned as a lieutenant into the Royal Artillery before entering Durham University to study Middle Eastern languages and, later, the University of Exeter, where he finished his doctorate. He thereafter taught at the University of Oviedo, Spain; Kenyon College in Ohio; and the University of Mu’tah, in Jordan.
He came to Francis Marion University in 1992 as a specialist in world literature with a focus on the literature of the ancient and classical world and mythology. He is the author of many essays and articles and has spoken at professional conferences on British literature, comparative literature, myth and folk tales. He is a past president of the Philological Association of the Carolinas.
Dr. Whelan retired in May, 2015, but still lives in Florence with his wife Roberta. Their two children, James and Jasmine, are graduates of the IB program at Florence’s Wilson High School. The Moran Address exists thanks to a generous endowment from the family of William C. Moran, who was FMU’s Vice President of Academic Affairs from 1978 to 1992 and for eight years thereafter president of Lander University.
During his extraordinary career, Dr. Moran chaired or served on numerous civic, educational and charitable committees affiliated with the United Way, the Boy Scouts of America, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, the Peach Belt Conference, the South Carolina Association of State Colleges and Universities, and Kiwanis International.
Upon his retirement in 2000, Dr. Moran was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor, and accepted a post as Special Assistant to the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the United Arab Emirates. In 2008, in recognition of his many contributions to South Carolina’s cultural and intellectual vitality, he received the Governor’s Award in the Humanities. Dr. Moran died in 2009. He is survived by, among others, his wife, Margaret and their son Thomas, and is remembered fondly by his many colleagues.