Three faculty members of the University of Chicago Division of the Humanities are among the 228 members elected to the 2017 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences: Profs. Lenore Grenoble, Jonathan Lear, and W. J. T. Mitchell.
Anne Walters Robertson, the Claire Dux Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Music and the Humanities in the College, has been appointed dean of the Division of the Humanities. President Robert J. Zimmer and Provost Daniel Diermeier announced the appointment, which will begin April 1, 2017. Robertson has served as interim dean since July 2016.
A new $25 million gift from the Neubauer Family Foundation, the largest in the University’s history for PhD education, will provide enhanced resources to recruit PhD students in the divisions of the Humanities, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences.
The Department of English Language and Literature will offer a new undergraduate major in creative writing, beginning in Autumn Quarter 2017. First-, second- and third-year students will have the option to major in creative writing, or take on a double major in creative writing and any major they wish to pursue, including English. A minor in English and creative writing also will be open to students outside those programs.
The Transmedia Story Lab (TSL) has been awarded a $110,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create a historical transmedia project that illustrates how a climate of structural violence has impacted the health and wellbeing of black adolescents on Chicago’s South Side.
Peggy Xu, AB’17, has been awarded the Lionel Pearson Fellowship from the Society for Classical Studies. The Pearson Fellowship is awarded annually to one student among nominees from Classics departments in the United States and Canada.
Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures awarded fellowship to pursue his research project on the simultaneous rise of legal procedure and realism in fourteenth-century Italian literature.
Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer, the Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Classics, has received a Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit for her book Persius: A Study in Food, Philosophy, and the Figural, published by the University of Chicago Press.