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President's Lecturer Examines Literary Forensics

“Don’t write the line, if you can’t do the time.” This catchy phrase serves as a warning to criminals who write texts as part of the crimes they commit. It is also the title of Notre Dame College’s 2010 President’s Lecture to be held by Dr. Lynn D. Zimmerman in the College’s Great Room on Tuesday, March 23. That evening at 7 p.m., Dr. Zimmerman will talk about literary forensics and the analysis of writing to catch criminals.

Lynn D. Zimmerman is Notre Dame's second President's Lecturer.In the second annual President’s Lecture, Dr. Zimmerman explores how the close examination of writing style, grammar and orthography allows investigators to determine authorship when working with anonymous documents. This type of forensic analysis often leads to successful prosecution of criminals. 

Dr. Zimmerman’s paper was chosen from three submissions, which underwent a blind review and were judged by: Dr. Harriet Coeling, emeriti professor at the College of Nursing at Kent State University; Dr. George Matejka, chair and professor of philosophy at Ursuline College; and Dr. Jenny Marcinkiewicz, associate professor at the Department of Biological Sciences at Kent State University.

Notre Dame College President Dr. Andrew P. Roth instituted the President’s Lecture Series in 2008 as an ongoing venue for the College’s faculty to share with one another and the students the faculty’s scholarly activity. Each spring, faculty members are invited to deliver a presentation about a topic in their current research or of enduring professional interest to them. 

The event is by invitation only, but members of the media are welcome to attend. Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information and media inquiries, contact Karen Poelking, vice president for board and community relations, at 216.373.5239 or kpoelking@ndc.edu.