Arts, Science, and Culture Fellows and Collaborators Stretch Academic Boundaries

Six humanities graduate students received grants and fellowships from the Arts, Science & Culture Initiative to support their interdisciplinary research for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Three of those students won graduate student collaboration grants to explore trans-disciplinary research in the arts, social sciences, and the sciences. The grantees include:  

Marcelle Pierson (Music) will work with Geoff Brookshire (Psychology) and Kyler Brown (Computational Neuroscience) on the project “Syntax and Songbirds” to create music informed and constrained by the biological and cognitive systems supporting birdsong.

Carl Fuldner (Art History) will collaborate with Shane DuBay (Evolutionary Biology) on “Photographing Evolution,” a project exploring and communicating the utility of time-series in contemporary scientific inquiry.

Zachary Manning (Middle Eastern Studies) will work with Romit Chakraborty (Chemistry), Anthony Schlimgen (Chemistry), and School of the Art Institute of Chicago MFA student Neal Markowski on “Quantum Harmonics,” a project that will attempt to develop visual perception of the world of quantum mechanics.

In addition to graduate student collaboration grants, the Arts, Science, and Culture Initiative also named three humanities graduate students, Hannah Brooks-Motl (English), Andrew McManus (Music), and Richard Williamson (Visual Arts), as Fellows for the academic year. These fellowships recognize students for whom crossing disciplinary boundaries is essential to their research, writing, and artistic practice.

MLA Honors Steinberg for Work on Dante

Justin Steinberg highlighted the previously unexamined legal aspects of Dante’s 14th-century masterpiece in Dante and the Limits of Law, published by the University of Chicago Press. On Dec. 3, the Modern Language Association awarded the book the 22nd Howard R. Marrarro Prize. The prize will be presented at the MLA’s annual conference in Vancouver in January.

The Digital Humanities at UChicago

Global Literary Networks
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.

Faculty Members Honored with Named, Distinguished Service Professorships

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.


Lenore Grenoble has been named the John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor in Linguistics and the College. Grenoble specializes in Slavic and Arctic Indigenous languages, and her research focuses on the study of contact linguistics and language shift, discourse and conversion analysis, issues of language endangerment, and language attrition and revitalization. She authored Language Policy in the Former Soviet Union and co-authored Saving Languages: An Introduction to Language Revitalization.


Berlin Family Lectures: Lawrence Lessig on Institutional Corruption

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.

DoVA Faculty Members and Alumni Recognized as "Chicago's Artists' Artists"

Color Jam, Elizabeth Stockholder
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.”