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Champagne named Penn State Laureate

'I want people to have a clearer historical sense of the often vexed and contradictory relationship between art and politics,' says John Champagne, professor of English and chair of Global Languages and Cultures at Penn State Behrend.
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John Champagne leans on a chair in Lilley Library

John Champagne named 2018-19 Penn State Laureate

John Champagne, professor of English and chair of the Global Languages and Cultures program at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, has been named Penn State Laureate for the 2018-19 academic year. As laureate, he will tour Pennsylvania to ask probing questions about — and offer a historical perspective on — the role of the artist in times of political turmoil.