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September 01, 2015

Humanities Center launches inaugural lecture series

Gerald Early
Gerald Early

Faculty and students will participate in research projects, seminars, and symposia—with many programs open to the University community—during the Humanities Center’s first academic year.

Activities will draw on the methods and insights of a variety of disciplines both within and outside the humanities.

The center’s inaugural lecture series kicks off with a September 24 presentation by noted essayist and American culture critic Gerald Early, the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, professor of English and of African and Afro-American studies at Washington University in St. Louis. He will discuss “Noon in the City: Race, Neighborhood, and an African American Festival in Philadelphia.” His talk starts at 5 p.m. in Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library.

Early is the founding director of the Washington University Center for the Humanities. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is the editor and author of several books. Early, recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award and a General Electric Foundation Award, is currently finishing a book about Fisk University.

Details on the lecture series and other Humanities Center events, are available at

Fellowship application deadline approaching

The center is looking for junior faculty fellows, external and internal, who will collaborate with Rochester faculty and students on research projects related to the first-year theme. Internal fellowships will be awarded to two members of the Rochester faculty at the level of tenure-track assistant professor. Applicants may be in any field of humanistic study, including anthropology, art and art history, English, history, modern languages and cultures, music, philosophy, or religion and classics. The deadline for applications is September 30.

Fellows will participate in a biweekly seminar and in the center’s other workshops, conferences, and programs. They are expected to be in residence in Rochester and to play an active role in the center’s community of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates. Fellows will present the results of their research at least once during their tenure at the center.

The fellowship period is January 13 to April 27, 2016. Details are available at

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