Faculty for the next generation

Faculty for the next generation

The Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis has won a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help transform doctoral training in the humanities.

Center for the Humanities announces new grant recipients

The Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis has awarded grants to a number of faculty and graduate students for seminars or focused reading and writing groups for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Washington People: Jean Allman

Jean Allman, director of the Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences, discusses The Divided City, the nature of the humanities and the health of the field today.

‘Divided City’ project to examine segregation from variety of perspectives

Legal segregation may be over, but segregation is hardly a thing of the past. This fall, the Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts will launch “The Divided City: An Urban Humanities Initiative.” The $1.6 million project — funded in part by a four-year, $650,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation — will examine segregation from a variety of perspectives.

​​Book idea gets boost from awards, faculty fellowship​

​Rebecca Messbarger, PhD, professor of Italian, has a great start to her next book. Not only did she win two awards for an article summarizing her book idea, next fall she will have more time and resources to devote to writing thanks to her faculty fellowship in the Center for Humanities.

Newly established McLeod Writing Prize awarded to first freshmen

The first-ever Dean James E. McLeod Freshman Writing Prize has been awarded, and the inaugural winners are Senit Kidane and Claudia Vaughan. McLeod was a longtime WUSTL leader who died in 2011. The Center for the Humanities provided funding for the contest, and any freshman in the College of Arts & Sciences could submit work for consideration. Original research papers exploring an aspect of race, gender or identity and created for a freshman course were eligible.

Filmmaker Burns to receive WUSTL’s International Humanities Medal​

Over the course of 30-plus years and more than 20 documentaries, Ken Burns’ films have illuminated the country’s past and brought history to life through techniques such as first person narration. For these lasting contributions, Burns will receive WUSTL’s International Humanities Medal. The event on Friday, Nov. 16, includes a preview and commentary of his upcoming films.
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