In 2012 a group of students in the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH) founded the online journal Colloquium to highlight the work and scholarship of current students, alumni, and friends of MAPH. Two years and five issues later, the editors of Colloquium have condensed that scholarship and creativity into a printed 132-page anthology.
The admixture of scholarship and computing has become an accepted element of humanities research, as essential as the once-novel technologies of print media, image reproduction, and audiovisual recording. While there’s fluidity to the term “digital humanities”—it can refer to anything from research that relies on computation to scholarship that examines technology itself—its broad scope provides fertile ground for some of the most exciting and innovative work being done throughout the humanistic disciplines.
Three faculty members within the Division of the Humanities—Victor A. Friedman, Lenore Grenoble, and Larry F. Norman—have been recognized for their service and scholarship with named and distinguished professorships.
Victor A. Friedman, director of UChicago’s Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, has been named the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities. Friedman, PhD’75, works on the languages of the Balkans and Caucasus, and focuses on grammatical categories, contact linguistics, as well as sociolinguistics issues related to standardization, ideology, and identity. He has published more than a dozen books and edited works, as well as more than 300 scholarly articles and book reviews.
Brenda L. Johnson, an internationally respected leader in the field of library science, has been appointed Library Director and University Librarian, Provost Eric Isaacs announced Oct. 16. Her five-year term begins Jan. 1, 2015.
How do you save a language?
That question has occupied linguist Lenore Grenoble since the early 1990s, when she made her first trek to a remote area of Siberia to study Evenki, the rapidly disappearing tongue of a Siberian indigenous group.
For many, the term “institutional corruption” evokes memories of American scandals ranging from Watergate to the downfall of Bernie Madoff.
But Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig expects to complicate that perception when delivering the 2014-2015 Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Family Lectures, a five-week series that begins Oct. 16 in Mandel Hall.
Seven faculty members and alumni from the Department of Visual Arts appear in Newcity’s 2014 Art 50. Newcity publishes the list every other year “…to celebrate the accomplishments of a few people who work hard and smart, and who happen to call Chicago their home,” billing the artists as “Chicago’s Artists’ Artists.”
This summer at UChicago Richard Strier led sixteen scholars through the works of two masters of lyric poetry in "George Herbert and Emily Dickinson," a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers.
Donning lab coats and pretending to be a group of time-traveling scientists in contact with the future would never qualify as a traditional teaching tactic. Nor would acting out a three-week sci-fi role-playing game along with 70 teenagers. But the team behind the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab believes such games can impart knowledge in ways that ordinary lectures can’t.
“Researching Mexico” explores the University's century-long tradition of research and exploration in Mexico by displaying documents, photographs, and artifacts of various expeditions made by UChicago scholars.
Anthony Cheung’s formal mathematical training essentially ended with high school calculus. But as a musician and composer, he has explored mathematical phenomena in new ways, especially through their influence on harmony and timbre.