Two UChicago Scholars to be Honored by Modern Language Association

Kerry Park in Seattle, Washington, courtesy of unsplash.com

For her perceptive interpretations of American literature, politics and culture, Berlant will receive the 2019 Hubbell Medal for Lifetime Achievement, making her one of two UChicago faculty members to be honored this week by the Modern Language Association.

On Jan. 11 at the MLA Conference in Seattle, Berlant will be joined by Asst. Prof. Edgar Garcia, who will be recognized for his recent article on Native American pictography.

Six Humanities Faculty Receive Named, Distinguished Service Professorships

Six faculty members in the Humanities received named or distinguished service professorships.

Of the twenty-three University of Chicago faculty members who have received named professorships or have been appointed distinguished service professors, seven were from the Division of the Humanities. Daniel Brudney (Philosophy), Martha Feldman (Music), Frances Ferguson (English Language and Literature), Armando Maggi (Romance Languages and Literatures), Christine Mehring (Art History), Mark Payne (Classics, Comparative Literature, and the John W. Nef Committee on Social Thought), and Robert K. Ritner (Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations) were recognized.

UChicago Humanities Professor Robert Kendrick Is Honored as Knight of the Italian Republic

Robert Kendrick

For his rigorous scholarship of previously unknown Italian sacred music from the Renaissance and early Baroque eras, Robert L. Kendrick was honored as Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, class VI, on Dec. 10 at the Italian Consulate in Chicago. This achievement is the highest ranking honor of the Italian Republic, and it is awarded for “merit acquired by the nation” in the fields of literature, the arts, economy, public service, and social, philanthropic, and humanitarian activities and for long and conspicuous service in civilian and military careers.

Theaster Gates: "Liverpool Has the Complexity of Race In Its DNA"

Theaster Gates

A work by Theaster Gates might be a performance, or a film, or a sculpture, or a song. It might also be a housing development, or a cinema or a library; in the South Side of Chicago where Gates lives (he’s a professor of visual arts at the University of Chicago), he has pulled off a remarkable transformation, taking over old buildings near his studio – including a former crack house – and transforming them into cultural hubs that celebrate and preserve black culture and its history. It breathed new life into his block, then his neighbourhood, then his city. “We brought some heat,” as Gates put it in his 2015 TEDTalk (for which he received a standing ovation).

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