Guild of St. George Commends UAM Professor For Her Service To Education Outreach

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MONTICELLO, AR — The Guild of St. George, an educational trust supporting the arts, crafts and rural economy of England, has commended a member of the University of Arkansas at Monticello faculty for her work with the Guild’s educational outreach programs.

            Dr. Kay Walter, a professor of British literature at UAM, has made 12 trips to England with small groups of UAM students to study the work of the Guild’s founder, John Ruskin. Ruskin was a polymath (an expert in multiple fields) who founded the Guild in 1871 to right some of the social wrongs of the day and make England a better place to live and work. Ruskin was a writer, art critic and art patron, a skilled draftsman, talented watercolorist and a fierce critic of prevailing social and political norms. Ruskin championed fair housing for the poor, the education of women and setting aside land for public use.

            Walter and her students have toured numerous historical sites administered by the Guild, including Ruskin’s home in Brantwood, England. Walter has written several articles about traveling with students in England. Her most recent article will be published on the Guild’s website at

            A member of the UAM faculty since 2006, Walter is a UAM graduate and holds a master of arts degree from the University of Central Arkansas as well as a Ph.D. from Texas A&M.

            For more information, contact Jim Brewer, director of media services, at (870) 460-1274.


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