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Raising the Visibility of New Humanities Faculty

Lunch colloquia to introduce newest faculty to larger humanities community

December 5, 2011 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Starting winter quarter, the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities (AKIH) will add New Faculty Wednesdays to its popular Lunch Colloquia program on Wednesdays from noon to 1:30. The new initiative will introduce Northwestern’s newest tenure line faculty members in the humanities to the multidisciplinary humanities community headquartered at the Kaplan Institute.

“One of the biggest secrets on campus is the identity of new faculty hires in departments and programs other than your own,” said AKIH director S. Hollis Clayson. “At New Faculty Wednesdays, new hires will meet faculty and doctoral students, and networks can take shape. It’s ‘win win’ in every way.”

The Institute’s Lunch Colloquia program also includes the Fellows Lunch Colloquia and Guest Lunch Colloquia. The 90-minute mid-day Wednesday events include lunch, the presentation of a 20-minute paper and a question-and-answer session. Like the other AKIH Lunch Colloquia, New Faculty Wednesdays will take place at AKIH headquarters in Kresge Hall 2-360.

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Fellow in English Harris Feinsod will kick off the winter quarter New Faculty Wednesday series when he speaks on “Poetry and Interwar Americanism at Mid-Century” on Jan. 18. Other scheduled winter quarter presenters are Mira Balberg (religious studies, Feb. 1) and Matthew Johnson (anthropology, Feb. 8).

“The New Faculty Wednesdays colloquia will allow our new colleagues to form a circle of fresh acquaintances and create campus networks,” said AKIH director Clayson, who also is professor of art history in Weinberg. “They’ll give faculty and doctoral students from divergent corners of the University the chance to encounter the scholarship of the newest members of the Northwestern humanities community.”

To view schedules of all Lunch Colloquia and to RSVP to attend one or more New Faculty Wednesday presentations, visit http://www.humanities.northwestern.edu/. For more information, e-mail hum@northwestern.edu or call (847) 491-7946. 
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