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Hofstra Mourns the Loss of Dr. Joann Krieg

The Hofstra community is saddened by the passing of Dr. Joann Krieg, an alumna of the University and professor emerita of English, who served on the faculty for more than 30 years. She taught American literature and American studies. Dr. Krieg (pictured above, front row, white sweater) was a former president of the Walt Whitman Birthplace in Huntington and a Whitman scholar. She was the author of three books on Whitman, numerous articles and Epidemics in the Modern World (1992), which focused on the absence of epidemics and their effects on human populations in American literature.

Dr. Krieg was involved with Hofstra’s Long Island Studies Institute from its beginning in 1986. She organized conferences, wrote Long Island and Literature, and edited five Institute books on subjects ranging from Long Island Architecture to Robert Moses, as well as Long Island history. She also edited the proceedings of Hofstra’s presidential conferences on Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy. Professor Emerita Natalie Naylor, who served as director of the Long Island Studies Institute from 1986-2000, said, “Editing conference volumes with a dozen and more contributors can be a daunting enterprise, but she always successfully completed the books in record time. … She was an outstanding teacher, and a skillful and effective editor.”

Dr. Krieg was selected to participate in the Fulbright Specialist Program, which awards grants to US faculty and professionals to engage in short-term collaborative projects at academic institutions abroad.


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