Assistant Professor of English
Office Phone: 903-233-3383
Office: HHH 126
Lesley-Anne Dyer Williams devotes her teaching and research to the history of the classical liberal arts as received in the Western Christian tradition. She teaches Introduction to Literature, World Literature, and Composition here at LeTourneau University.
As the daughter of an Air Force engineer who worked at NASA and an artist inspired by literature, she loves both poetry and mathematics. She enjoys having engineering, science, and humanities majors in her classes. Most recently, she has become interested in drawing parallels between modern technological advances and the invention of writing and the printing press.
Her most recent book, Translating Eternity in the Twelfth-Century Renaissance: How Concepts of Time Influence Theological Attitudes towards Platonism and the Liberal Arts, culminates with a study of Bernard Silvestris, a Latin poet whose work on the creation of the world influenced Dante, Boccaccio, Milton, and C.S. Lewis. It is under contract with the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies university press in Toronto.
After hours, you will find Lesley-Anne experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes or swimming with her husband, Will Williams. Their most recent joint-reading interest alternates between the “Peanuts” cartoons and fairy tales from Denmark.
- PhD in Medieval Studies(June 2007–Aug. 2011) - Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
- Dissertation: “Translating Eternity in the Twelfth-Century Renaissance from Anselm to Thierry of Chartres.”
- MMS in Medieval Studies (Aug. 2005–May 2007) - Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
- Thesis: “Being, Truth, and the Place of Wyclif’s De Ente Predicamentali”
- MPhil in Theology and Religious Studies (Oct. 2004–July 2005) - Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, UK
- Thesis: “Wyclif’s Theology of Time and Eternity” (Mark of Distinction)
- BA University Scholars in Classics and Religion (Aug. 2000–May 2004) - Baylor University, Waco, TX
- Thesis: “The Hermeneutics of Augustine on the First Chapter of Genesis.
|2013 - 2015
||Green Scholars Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow in Manuscript Research
Baylor University, Waco, TX
|2012 - 2013
||Postdoctoral Fellow, Thomas Jefferson Center for Core Texts and Ideas
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
|2011 - 2012
||Visiting Assistant Professor, Program of Liberal Studies
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN