Shulamit Ran, who has served as the artistic director of Contempo since 2002, looks ahead to the 50th-anniversary season, which features world premieres of three commissioned works by luminaries John Eaton, Sofia Gubaidulina and Gunther Schuller.
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.
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.”