In 1972, while going over a list of essays to include in his collection, Forewords and Afterwords, the poet W. H. Auden turned to the 26-year-old scholar assisting him and asked, “Why didn’t you include my essay on Romeo and Juliet?”
The seminar in 401 Hamilton Hall focused on classic literary texts, including Homer’s Odyssey, Shakespeare’s Othello, and W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk. But this was no ordinary summer school class, and its students were not traditional collegians.
They supervise academic departments and research centers. They oversee faculty searches and hires. They help set budget priorities and research funding. They manage allegations of conflicts of interest. They even get involved in renovations and space requests.
Sharon Marcus, (left) Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature, and Alondra Nelson, professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality.
Alondra Nelson and Sharon Marcus become divisional deans in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1. Nelson, professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, was named Dean of Social Sciences.
Marianne Hirsch began her presidency of the Modern Language Assocation last January, just months before the release of a report to Congress by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences defending the value of a liberal arts education at a time of reduced humanities funding and waning studen
Thucydides and Twitter are not an obvious pair. Classic authors and digital technology nevertheless clicked at an April celebration marking the 75th anniversary of the undergraduate Core Curriculum course, Literature Humanities.