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New Book Explores 'Concept of the Ordinary'—100 Words at a Time

Lauren Berlant photographed by Whitten Sabbatini for The New Yorker

Prof. Lauren Berlant is a renowned thinker, one who has earned acclaim not only as a leading voice in the study of gender and sexuality, but as an incisive cultural critic. Still, the University of Chicago scholar considers herself first and foremost a teacher—a collaborative spirit whose classroom is driven by the interactions between diverse ideas. That same curiosity is what undergirds her new book The Hundreds, a collection of experimental poems written with longtime collaborator Kathleen Stewart, a professor of anthropology at the University of Texas.

Humanities Scholar Receives the 2019 Tagore Memorial Prize

Dipesh Chakrabarty

Rabindranath Tagore has greatly influenced Dipesh Chakrabarty’s scholarship, especially Tagore’s 1941 essay “The Crisis of Civilisation.” When the UChicago professor received the 2019 Tagore Memorial Prize from the Government of West Bengal for his collection of essays, The Crises of Civilization: Exploring Global and Planetary Histories (Oxford University Press, 2018), Chakrabarty recognized the honor and the irony of getting a prize named after one of his intellectual muses and the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913.

Two Division of the Humanities Faculty Members Receive Named Professorships

UChicago Campus Photo by Drone Media Chicago

Thirteen University of Chicago faculty members have received named professorships or were appointed distinguished service professors. László Babai, Joy Bergelson and Anil Kashyap received distinguished service professorships while Eric Budish, Ronald Burt, Christopher Faraone, Nick Feamster, Zhiguo He, Boaz Keysar, Catriona MacLeod, Brent Neiman, Haresh Sapra and Azeem Shaikh received named professorships. In the Division of the Humanities, Christopher A. Faraone has been named the Edward Olson Professor in the Department of Classics and the College, and Catriona MacLeod has been named the Frank Curtis Springer and Gertrude Melcher Springer Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies and the College.

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