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Professor Emeritus

Gregory Mason

Gustavus Adolphus College

Gregory Mason is Professor Emeritus of English at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota. A native of England (a Man of Kent), Greg graduated from the University of Sussex, and then earned his PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There he met his wife Ruth, a Californian, and they moved to Minnesota, where Greg taught world literature, film, and peace studies at Gustavus, twice serving as Chair of the English Department, while Ruth had a career as the college’s Director of International Education.

Greg believes strongly in interdisciplinary approaches to learning. Outside his specialist training in literature, he has taught both film studies and peace studies. He introduced courses in film history, literature and film, and film and video production. He also inaugurated and directed his college’s peace studies program and served on the Board of the national Peace Studies Association. His research has been correspondingly wide-ranging. He has published in such refereed journals as Contemporary Literature, Modern Drama, Literature/Film Quarterly, East-West Film Journal, Peace Review, and Peace and Change. He is the producer of two films, Voices on the River (1976) and The Sandman (1981). Following from a personal friendship with the late Felix Pollak, Greg is also the author of Arrows of Longing: The Correspondence Between Anais Nin and Felix Pollak, 1952-1976 (1998).

A keen student of languages (German, French, Spanish) Greg is a lifelong practitioner and advocate of international education. He spent his junior year at The University of Munich; he has three times led high-school groups on extended tours of Europe; he has lived nine months in Kyoto, Japan, teaching English as a Second Language; he has designed and led January Term, interim courses to Hawaii (six times), Mexico (twice), and to London; and, he has participated in faculty study tours, to Cuba, to Guatemala, and to Mexico. Most significantly, he has held visiting professorships at Exeter University, England (1983, 1991), Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka, Japan (1997) and the European Peace University, Stadtschlaining, Austria (1998). In 2009, he taught American literature as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Montenegro. Greg currently serves as President of the Minnesota Fulbright Association, and for the past five years has taught English as a volunteer for the Minnesota Literacy Council, who named him a Literacy Leader in February 2011. In Fall 2013, Greg and Ruth sailed, he as a faculty member and she as Coordinator of Lifelong Learners, on Semester at Sea.  For recreation and enrichment, in no particular order, Greg loves tennis, film, cooking, hiking, chess, reading, swimming, jazz, birding, yoga, theatre, and—travel.