Story posted September 08, 2011
John Turner is a scholar of Renaissance Spanish literature and contemporary Latin American literature, and an authority on the works of Argentine author Julio Cortazar. He has published numerous papers and articles and is author of the book The Myth of Icarus in Spanish Renaissance Poetry.
Turner earned an M.A. at St. Andrews University, an A.M. degree at Indiana University and a doctorate at Harvard. He joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1971.
A superb teacher, Turner has mentored scores of Bowdoin students in his 40 years of teaching, many of whom still count him a personal friend. He was instrumental in establishing the Latin American Studies Program at Bowdoin in 1999, and helped to recruit many of Bowdoin's Latin American scholars.
Turner has made a lasting contribution to his profession in his many years of service with the College Board, serving as chief faculty consultant for Advanced Placement Examinations in Spanish. He chaired the curriculum committee of the Institute for the International Education of Students and is a longtime board member of the International Institute in Spain.
He has had many turns as chair of the Department of Romance Languages and is beloved of colleagues across campus. Turner also has given generously of himself on many College committees, including the Committee on Teaching, Student Affairs Committee, Sexual Bias Committee. He has chaired the committees on Diversity, Off-Campus Study, and Latin American Studies, and served as a member of the Judicial Board.
A superb teacher, Turner has mentored scores of Bowdoin students in his 40 years of teaching, many of whom still count him a personal friend.