The University announced today that it has received a $10 million gift from industrial magnate Anand G. Mahindra ’77 that will support the Harvard Humanities Center. The gift is the largest in Harvard’s history directed exclusively towards the humanities.
President and Director of the National Humanities Center Geoffrey Harpham explains "How America Invented the Humanities" at the Barker Center last night. His lecture was sponsored by the The Humanities Center at Harvard and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
National Humanities Center President and Director Geoffrey G. Harpham spoke about the evolution of humanities in America yesterday.
After two unsuccessful searches to replace Harvard’s two endowed professorships in Latin American history, the history department will, for the second consecutive year, rely on visiting faculty to fill the two positions.
Tomiko Yoda, an intellectual and cultural historian who focuses on Japanese literary texts, will be joining the East Asian Language and Civilizations Department as a full professor in the coming academic year, bolstering the department's faculty body after it sustained four losses over the last few years.
Professor of Government Eric M. Nelson ’99 has authored three books, speaks three languages, and reads five languages—all at the tender age of 32. To top it all off, the University has appointed Nelson, a political theorist, full professor in the government department.
Malika Zeghal, an expert in religion who focuses on Islam, has been named the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor in Contemporary Islamic Thought and Life, the University announced yesterday.
The Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies has laid out plans to adopt a more interdisciplinary focus as the renamed Department of South Asian Studies—a move, if approved, that professors hope would attract more concentrators and faculty affiliated with other departments.
In an unconventional twist on final exams, students in this semester’s English 156, “Crime and Horror in Victorian Literature and Culture” will find themselves conveying their academic insights not only through their word processors, but also face-to-face with teaching staff in an oral final exam.
After years dedicated to shedding light on the work of the late Harvard Egyptology Professor George A. Reisner, Class of 1889, Peter D. Manuelian ’81 will become the first egyptology professor at Harvard since his predecessor’s death 68 years ago.
The hiring of a new Chinese Language Program director for the upcoming academic year remains uncertain for the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, according to Department Chair Wilt Idema.