Faculty Publications

Prof. Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer Elected to the British Academy

UChicago scholar Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer

Prof. Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer would like to abolish the siloed nature of knowledge and embrace the interdisciplinarity of the humanities and sciences. For the broad scope of her scholarship and innovative ideas, the University of Chicago classics scholar was elected on July 18 as a fellow to the British Academy.

Bartsch-Zimmer is well known for her books and articles on ancient Rome, on rhetoric and philosophy, and on the reception of the western classical tradition in contemporary China. Her book "Persius: A Study in Food, Philosophy, and the Figural" received the 2016 Goodwin Award of Merit, and her translation of the “Aeneid” was one of The Guardian’s best books of the year.

Lewis 'Alan' Longino, UChicago graduate student and scholar of postwar Japanese art, 1987‒2024

Graduate student Alan Longino at one of the exhibitions he curated at the Yale Union in Portland, Ore. Photo by Tayayoshi Nonaka-Hill

Lewis “Alan” Longino, a University of Chicago graduate student who studied and curated contemporary art around the globe, passed away on July 8 in Biloxi, Miss., after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 36.

A Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art History, Longino focused his research on postwar Japanese conceptual art and global contemporary art. In particular, he examined the Japanese artist Yutaka Matsuzawa’s approach to a dematerialized practice, which was based upon a system of quantum physics, non-Zen Buddhism and parapsychology. In 1988, Matsuzawa (1922‒2006) published his “Quantum Art Manifesto,” which set out directions, instructions, kōan and other meditations for readers to consider their connection to art on a quantum level.

Vanessa German brings open mind and Sun Ra to Exhibition at Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts

UChicago faculty member vanessa german

vanessa german knows how it sounds. Her metaphysical manner of speaking. Talking about magic. She feels eyes rolling.

“One of the things that people would say to me is they're not going to take you seriously; Black artists can't talk this way,” german (b. 1976, Milwaukee, WI), who spells her name in all lowercase letters, told Forbes.com. “They can't talk about love and their spirit because quote-unquote, they–the all-present, all-powerful ‘they’–will not take me seriously.”

Florence Illuminated project to receive generous NEH grant

A map of Florence shows key streets and points of interest.

Humanities Assoc. Prof. Niall Atkinson is spearheading a comprehensive, collaborative, multi-university digital research platform called Florence Illuminated: Visualizing the History of Art, Architecture, and Society. The National Endowment for the Humanities is supporting this crucial scholarship with a grant of $349,969. It’s one of 238 humanities projects in 2024 to “help preserve and expand public access to important historical records and humanities collections at archives, libraries, museums, and universities” nationwide, according to the NEH.

The NEH grant for this project will provide a model for other digital collaborations, which will allow individual projects in the digital humanities to grow and expand on their own while also seamlessly integrating scholarship. Through a public web-based interface, the Florence Illuminated project will consolidate data from five digital humanities projects focused on the cultural history of late-medieval and early-modern Florence, supporting even more research in many fields and prompting questions that scholars haven’t even considered yet.

The UChicagoGRAD Diversity Advisory Board Announced the Fourth Annual Diversity Awards.

Students Mehta and Sun, Diversity Awardees 2024
The University of Chicago’s Annual Diversity Awards recognize, honor, and celebrate the significant contributions of underrepresented students who have taken leadership roles or made exceptional contributions to the university's diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. The Division of the Humanities congratulates this year’s 17 awardees! Under the “Furthering" Diversity category, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within their division or school at UChicago, two Humanities graduate students were recognized, Shefali Mehta and Susanna Sun.

George Haley, acclaimed critic of the Golden Age of Spanish Literature, 1927‒2024

UChicago Prof. Emeritus George Haley

Prof. Emeritus George Haley, renowned University of Chicago author of many books and articles about Miguel de Cervantes and Vicente Espinel, passed away on June 6 at his home in Chicago. He was 96.

Known for his scholarship on Spanish and Portuguese literature of the 16th and 17th centuries, Haley covered the work of obscure poets to the enigmatic Don Quixote by Cervantes. His famous article “The narrator in ‘Don Quixote’: a discarded voice,” was published in the Modern Language Notes journal in 1965, has been translated in several languages and is still taught in classrooms today. The article was the first one on Spanish literature that embraced the New Criticism of the Chicago School.

Bridging Research and Public: Humanities Students Engage Diverse Audiences

Photo of Humanities students and staff
The 2024 UChicagoGRAD’s Research Speaks and Transcending Boundaries Symposium: Resilient Research: Diverse Approaches, Unified Solutions, provided essential forums for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to present their research to the university community, their peers, and the broader public. This year’s events featured presentations from students across campus, including notable contributions from four Humanities graduate students: Natalie Cortez, Caitlin Kropp, Yin Cai, and Yves Cao. Cortez, Kropp, and Cai gave presentations for Research Speaks, which was held in partnership with the Field Museum, while Cao spoke at the Sixth Annual Transcending Boundaries Symposium, organized by UChicagoGRAD’s Diversity Advisory Board.

How UChicago's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality 'is here for everyone'

Prof. Daisy Delogu photo by Erielle Bakkum

One could think of gender and sexuality in very contemporary terms—or that the terms relate only to a small fraction of the population. But for Prof. Daisy Delogu, the faculty director of UChicago’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality—it’s a misconception that she and the Center’s interdisciplinary approach aim to correct.

“In my opinion, there’s no realm of experience, or endeavor, or inquiry that remains untouched by questions of gender and sexuality,” said Delogu, a scholar of medieval French literature who took over as faculty director last July.

The Center was founded in 1996 after a decade of faculty and student self-organization. Over the course of its nearly 30 years of consolidating work and creating curriculum on gender and sexuality and in feminist, gay and lesbian, and queer studies, the Center also has engaged the campus and local communities with guest lectures, conferences, and other programming. This past year, the CSGS saw its largest undergraduate class with 19 fourth-year majors, and awarded 15 graduate certificates.

Meet the Staff: Trista Trone

Trista Trone

More than 100 staff members work in the Division of the Humanities. We’ll introduce you to our staff in this continuing series.

Trista Trone
Recruitment and Engagement Specialist
Student Affairs, Office of the Dean

What do you like most about your job?

The students! They are creative, bold, and passionately curious.

What was the last good book you read?

As an auditory learner, I listen to books! Just a few days ago, you may have seen me parked on the Midway before work listening to the final pages of the Thursday Murder Club series by Richard Osman. It’s got everything: mystery, British humor, and gang of loveable pensioners.

You might work with me if …

You are a prospective student interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Humanities, or a current student interested in serving as a student ambassador for the Division. I am available to meet with students to discuss graduate programs, admissions, visiting days, moving to Chicago, and more.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

Chicago might be my forever home, but I am a country girl at heart. One of my favorite seasonal activities is morel mushroom hunting. My family taught me how to find them when I was young, and now I love to visit home at that time of year, hike out to my secret spots (you never share where you find them so you can return the next year to an untouched patch), and search. While it may take hours to spot one, once you find one, you know there are more nearby. As I have gotten older, my cooking skills have greatly improved, so half the fun is coming up with new ways to prepare them each spring. Such a special treat!