Trump's Threat to Attack 52 Iranian Sites Draws Criticism, Concern from Humanities Professor Emeritus

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An expert on Iranian culture says he was “appalled” by President Donald Trump’s threat to attack dozens of Iranian sites should Iran retaliate against a U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani on Friday.

Beyond his years of research and teaching, professor emeritus Matthew Stolper of the University of Chicago’s Near Eastern Languages and Literatures and Oriental Institute has traveled to Iran numerous times to excavate Persepolis, an ancient city deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.

“I don’t know what the sites are,” Stolper said. “But of course, all of us who work on cultural heritage are fairly appalled by this.”

Two UChicago Scholars to be Honored by Modern Language Association

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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.

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