Visual Arts Alumna to Publish Work on Cloistered Nuns

While researching Dedicated to God: An Oral History of Cloistered Nuns, Abbie Reese, MFA'13, spent six years learning and recording the individual stories of a community of cloistered monastic nuns living in a 25,000-square-foot enclosure outside Rockford, Illinois. Those stories and Reese's accompanying photographs will be published in November as part of the Oxford University Press's Oxford Oral History series, and mark one of the first times an author has been allowed access to an enclosure where nuns observe monastic silence. Reese graduated from the Department of Visual Arts in 2013, and has included photos and video from the project on her website. Her photos were also shown in the 2013 MFA Thesis exhibition, which can be found here.

Robert Morrissey Named to French Legion of Honor

Robert Morrissey, Benjamin Franklin Professor in Romance Languages and Literatures, was recently named a Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur of the French Republic. In order to receive the distinction of Chevalier, one must have a minimum 20 years of public service or 25 years of professional activity, in addition to achieving distinction in one's field. Morrissey serves as Executive Director of the France Chicago Center and is the Director of the Project for American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language (ARTFL).

Janice Knight Featured on City-Wide "Lit 50" List

Janice Knight, Associate Professor in English Language and Literature, received the #11 spot on Newcity Lit's 2013 "Lit 50" list for her accomplishments as Chair of the Committee on Creative Writing as well as her work on Early American colonialism, religion, and gender. The annual list recognizes leaders in the Chicago literary scene, with a special focus this year on "celebrating not so much the writers who occupy the center stage, but those who operate behind the scenes to make sure the stage itself exists."

Humanities Teaching Award Winners Recognized at Spring Convocation

Two faculty and one graduate student in the Division of the Humanities were honored for their excellence and commitment to teaching at all levels. Aden Kumler, Assistant Professor in Art History, received the Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Christopher Wild, Associate Professor in Germanic Studies, received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring. Felipe Rojas, PhD student in Romance Languages and Literatures, received the Wayne C. Booth Graduate Student Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Teaching award recipients were honored in connection with the spring Convocation on June 15.

Read about the awards and the complete list of winners here.


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