Quotes

First Herald
    Newes, newes, newes.
Second Herald
    Bold, and brave news!
1 Her.
    Newe as the night they are borne in;
2 Her.
    Or the Phant’sie that begot ’hem.
1 Her.
    Excellent newes!

—Ben Jonson, Newes from the New World

News

BUCH Director Professor Susan Mizruchi Installed as William Arrowsmith Professor in the Humanities

November 15th, 2017

© Bryce Vickmark. All rights reserved. www.vickmark.com 617.448.6758

On November 21st, Center for the Humanities Director Professor Susan Mizruchi will be installed by Dean Ann Cudd as the inaugural William Arrowsmith Professor in the Humanities in an event celebrating the installment of five newly appointed CAS endowed chairs at the university.

The gift agreement with the Arrowsmith family states that “the William Arrowsmith Professor should be a person of clear vision of education that grows out of a mastery of a traditional scholarly discipline in classics or the humanities, a mastery demonstrated both in teaching and in publications.” In her letter to Professor Mizruchi, Dean Cudd noted: “Your distinguished career has produced a considerable body of scholarship at the intersection of social, religious, and literary studies, including five acclaimed books and many articles in leading peer-reviewed journals. You have also been awarded some of your field’s highest honors, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Huntington Library, and the Fulbright Scholars Program. These achievements make you a very worthy inaugural holder of this distinguished chair.”

The titles of Professor Mizruchi’s books are: Brando’s Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work (Norton, 2015); The Rise of Multicultural America: Economy and Print Culture, 1865-1915 (UNC, 2008); Religion and Cultural Studies (Princeton, 2001); The Science of Sacrifice: American Literature and Modern Social Theory (Princeton, 1998); and The Power of Historical Knowledge: Narrating the Past in Hawthorne, James, and Dreiser (Princeton, 1985).

Fall 2017 CGS Poetry Reading Events

November 14th, 2017

The long-standing CGS Poetry Reading Series, which BU Center for the Humanities sponsors, presents the work of both renowned and emerging poets, and strives to make poetry a fundamental part of university and community life.

On October 24th, American poet Phillis Levin read with Irish poet Peter McDonald. Levin shared her poems entitled An Anthology of Rain and Grace with the audience. McDonald, who teaches at Oxford University, shared his most recent volume of poetry, Herne the Hunter, as well as an unprecedented personal poem regarding the recent death of his mother.

Peter McDonald and Bonnie Costello Phillis Levin

On November 2nd, Justin Quinn, a renowned Irish poet and translator, read from his work. Quinn has authored six collections of poetry, and most recently has been at work on a translation of Czech poet Bohuslav Reynek’s selected poems, The Well at Morning. Quinn read both from his own poetry and from his translations, providing a good sense of the scope of his work.

Justin Quinn

 

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Goodbye to longtime Center for the Humanities administrator Christine Loken-Kim!

November 13th, 2017

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We said goodbye last week to our much-beloved center administrator Christine Loken-Kim. Loken-Kim is retiring after being with the center for nine years, during which she ensured that BUCH ran smoothly and with the utmost efficiency and integrity. She was sent off in true Center for the Humanities fashion with a small party so that all of her friends and colleagues could let her know how much they appreciated the work she did and how much they will miss her presence at the university. We hope that she enjoys the sunny weather of her new home in Florida, and are pleased to announce that Loken-Kim has passed on her position as center administrator to Tamzen Flanders!

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Welcome, Dr. Xin Wei, to World Languages & Literatures and the BU Center for the Humanities!

October 13th, 2017

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Dr. Xin Wei is joining the Department of World Languages and Literatures this year as the Korean Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. The Center for the Humanities is happy to be able to provide her with office space during her Fellowship year. She completed her PhD in Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford, with a focus on Korea. After taking her undergraduate degree in China, she has had extensive experience studying and researching in Korea and Japan. Her work focuses on Korean hanmun literature delineated within a broader East Asian literary context. Her research interests include literary criticism, world literature, East Asian comparative literature, and the literary history of Korea. Her first book, co-authored with James B. Lewis, Korea’s Premier Collection of Classical Literature: Excerpts from Sŏ Kŏjŏng’s (1420-1488) Tongmunsŏn (forthcoming from Hawai’i UP, 2018) is part of the Korean Classics Library series, https://uhpress.wordpress.com/books-in-series/korea-classics-library/. She is currently preparing a book manuscript based on her PhD thesis, “The Literary Chinese Cosmopolis.” This research project, set against the backdrop of literary Chinese as the cosmopolitan written language across East Asia, examines two superlative literary Chinese writers of the ninth century, Ch’oe Ch’iwon from Silla Korea and Sugawara no Michizane from Heian Japan.

Dr. Xin Wei’s full profile can be viewed here

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Susan Mizruchi named William Arrowsmith Professor in the Humanities

July 24th, 2017

© Bryce Vickmark. All rights reserved. www.vickmark.com 617.448.6758

The Center for the Humanities is pleased to announce that our Director, Susan Mizruchi, has been named the inaugural William Arrowsmith Professor in the Humanities.

The gift agreement with the Arrowsmith family states that “the William Arrowsmith Professor should be a person of clear vision of education that grows out of a mastery of a traditional scholarly discipline in classics or the humanities, a mastery demonstrated both in teaching and in publications.” In her letter to Professor Mizruchi, Dean Cudd notes: “Your distinguished career has produced a considerable body of scholarship at the intersection of social, religious, and literary studies, including five acclaimed books and many articles in leading peer-reviewed journals. You have also been awarded some of your field’s highest honors, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Huntington Library, and the Fulbright Scholars Program. These achievements make you a very worthy inaugural holder of this distinguished chair.”

The titles of Professor Mizruchi’s books are: Brando’s Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work (Norton, 2015); The Rise of Multicultural America: Economy and Print Culture, 1865-1915 (UNC, 2008); Religion and Cultural Studies (Princeton, 2001); The Science of Sacrifice: American Literature and Modern Social Theory (Princeton, 1998); and The Power of Historical Knowledge: Narrating the Past in Hawthorne, James, and Dreiser (Princeton, 1985).

NEH Summer Stipend Deadline

May 22nd, 2017

 

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All BU pre-application material for NEH Summer Stipends should be received by July 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm for internal review. Click here for complete information about NEH Summer Stipends, found on BUCH’s Outside Opportunities tab under Awards.

NEH Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars in the amount of  $6,000. Summer Stipends support full-time work on a humanities project at any stage of development for a period of two months. These are faculty fellowship applications requiring official institutional nomination. An initial application must be submitted to the BUCH office rather than through the OSP. 

Internal Review Process: This program allows two applications per institution and requires that faculty candidates be nominated by their institution. Faculty who would like to be considered for nomination should provide the following proposal material to the Center for the Humanities for internal review process (through the Center and the Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research).

BUCH Annual Gift to Our Colleagues

May 2nd, 2017

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On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, BUCH hosted its annual Gift to Our Colleagues event. This year, the theme was “Reflections on Motown.”

Professor John Thornton (African American Studies) opened with a talk on Motown in the 1960s, followed by a presentation by Professor Victor Coelho (Musicology) on Marvin Gaye.

Between the talks, BU student group BU on Tap danced to “Sound and Color,” “What’s Going On,” and “Smooth Criminal.”

The reception following the presentations featured some of iconic foods of Detroit in honor of the occasion.

BU Today featured this close-up on Professor Coelho on their website on May 1st. View it here: “Reflections on Motown,” photo by Olivia Nadel.

A Sense of Inexhaustibility: A Colloquium on William T. Vollmann

October 28th, 2016

 

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On October 7 2016, Professor Christopher Coffman hosted “A Sense of Inexhaustibility: A Colloquium on William T. Vollmann” to devote scholarly attention to a writer with a publication record and accolades rivaling many major authors of our time. Five speakers who have published on Vollmann’s books delivered prepared remarks. The presenters included Daniel Lukes, of Indiana University-Bloomington; Christopher Coffman, of Boston University; Michael K. Walonen, of St. Peter’s University; Bryan Santin, of the University of Notre Dame; and Priscilla Juvelis, a rare book dealer who serves as sales agent for Vollmann’s limited edition artist’s books. Robert Chodat, professor of contemporary American fiction, served as Moderator.

Following the presentations, there was a roundtable conversation and open discussion with the audience of BU faculty, library staff members, and local and non-local academics. Other campus bodies coordinated with the colloquium during the weeks before and after the event; the bookstore assembled an in-store display of books by and about Vollmann for their fiction section and the Mugar Memorial Library mounted an exhibition of Vollmann rarities from the Howard Gotlieb Archives.

Appointment of Professor Carrie Preston as the next Director of the Kilachand Honors College

September 27th, 2016

Preston_PPPSeptember 27, 2016 Announcement by Jean Morrison, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer

This past spring, Professor Charles Dellheim, who has served as Director of the Kilachand Honors College since its inception in 2011 and as the College’s inaugural Arvind and Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Professor, announced his plans to step down from his administrative position at the end of 2016.

In the intervening months, we conducted an internal search for the next Director of the Kilachand Honors College. We sought candidates who would bring the intellectual leadership, strategic vision, and track record of excellence in interdisciplinary scholarship essential to map the future of this signature liberal arts program for some of Boston University’s highest achieving undergraduates. After a rigorous search that considered several strong candidates, and extensive consultation with our Search Advisory Committee, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Carrie Preston as the next Director of the Kilachand Honors College.

Professor Preston is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program in the College of Arts & Sciences. For nearly a decade, she has brought highly original, prize-winning scholarship on modernist literature, gender theory, and modern drama and performance into the classroom. She has likewise energetically led the growth of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies into a program of distinction as a producer of important scholarship and a diverse and wide-ranging catalog of dynamic programming and events.

The author of two acclaimed books and numerous widely cited articles on modernism and dance, Professor Preston is the past recipient of a Peter Paul Career Development Professorship, the College of Arts & Sciences’ Wisneski Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the De La Torre Bueno Prize, one of the highest national honors for a book in the field of dance studies. She has served as a Provost’s Faculty Arts Fellow, and in 2015 was selected as Boston University’s United Methodist Scholar/Teacher of the Year. Professor Preston holds a doctorate and Master’s degree in Literatures in English, with a Women’s Studies Certification, from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor’s degree in English and Dance from Michigan State University.

Through extensive conversations about her ambitions for Kilichand Honors College, it was immediately evident that Professor Preston’s scholarly credentials, enthusiastic and innovative record of leadership, and passion for the interdisciplinary programming at the heart of the College’s mission make her exceptionally well suited to serve as its Director. Moreover, Professor Preston has demonstrated her ability to work collaboratively with faculty and deans across schools and departments, connect well with students and their families, and project a bold, creative vision for the College and its continued pedagogical growth as a liberal arts living-learning community within a major research university.

Professor Preston will assume the directorship of the Kilachand Honors College on January 1, 2017. We hope that you will join us in congratulating her as she prepares to take on her new role. We hope you will also join us in thanking Professor Dellheim for his exemplary intellectual leadership and administrative service to the Kilachand Honors College and in wishing him well as he returns to his responsibilities as a member of the faculty.

Finally, we want to express our gratitude to the members of the Kilachand Honors College Director Search Advisory Committee, whose considerable efforts and unwavering standards were vital to the success of the search. We look forward to building on the accomplishments seen at the Kilachand Honors College over the last five years and to an exciting future that further advances its standing as a premier intellectual destination and living-learning community for Boston University’s finest faculty and for top students from around the world.

 

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New Offices, New Initiative From The New Director

July 7th, 2016

© Bryce Vickmark. All rights reserved. www.vickmark.com 617.448.6758The Center for the Humanities  will be undergoing many exciting changes this academic year. I will be following James Winn as the new Director of BUCH, for a five-year term starting in July 2016. Christine Loken-Kim will be continuing as the head administrator, and we will be hiring a new halftime administrator to help with the many duties generated by our vibrant center.

The Center will also be moving to temporary quarters at the end of December 2016: a new office suite in CAS (BO1, BO2 and BO3 that formerly housed the CAS administrative staff during the renovation of their offices). While our current space, CAS 105, has been a significant improvement over our previous location, it remains inadequate to the needs of a major humanities institute. Our goal is to find a donor to underwrite the renovation of an existing BU building so that the Humanities Center will have a permanent home on campus that fulfills the requirements of a center with greater public visibility.

The New Initiative for BUCH is to build on the many achievements of Professor Winn’s directorship, by expanding outward into the community, and more nationally. Taking advantage of BU’s unique location in the center of Boston, in walking distance to the Longwood Medical Area and major municipal offices, we hope through our programming and partnerships over the coming years to make the humanities at BU more central to the civic, state, national, and global communities.

Susan Mizruchi

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