Humanities News

  • The Humanities Center is pleased to announce the recipients of winter break SRA awards. Congratulations to all!

    Palmar Álvarez Blanco (Spanish) and Jesse Rothbard '17 (Spanish) will work on the presentation of new entries and images for the blog Artivism, which is an open, reflexive, plural and interdisciplinary space for the study of contemporary Spanish culture.

    Roger Bechtel (Theater and Dance) and Brian Gordon '17 (Studio Art/CAMS) will be looking at media repositories that compliment or counterpoint the text and music for "Chinglish" - a collaborative narrative project they have in progress with Gao Hong.

    Adriana Estill (English and American Studies) will work with Amairany Fuentes '19 (Und.) on plot segmentation and character arcs in the Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen, as part of a larger project that examines the way in which Latin American telenovelas are gaining visibility and legibility in U.S. television.

    Michael Flynn (Linguistics) and Catherine Fortin (Linguistics) will take Yitong Chen '19 (Und.), Jordan Kobbervig '19 (Und.), Eliot Schwartz (Und.) and James Smith '19 (Und.) to the Lake Traverse Reservation to learn about Dakota language and history. The trip is part of a long-term collaboration between Carleton's Linguistics Department and the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Dakota Tribe to produce a "pedagogical grammar" of the Dakota language.

    Shaohua Gao (Asian Languages and Literatures) and Madeline Geitz '17 (Asian Studies/WGST) will be analyzing recent publications on media commercialization in East Asia, as part of a book project that looks at the history of the Internet in China.

    Pierre Hecker (English) and Alexandra Pozniak ’18 (English) will continue to work on the dramaturgy of  "The Merchant of Venice" scheduled to open on campus during winter term 2017. They will be working with Carleton's Special Collections in the Gould Library.

    Susan Jaret McKinstry (English) and Adriana Smith '18 (English) will continue with the project of locating ekphrastic or intermedial paintings and drawings by British artists (1850-1915) in the collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum, the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

    Amna Khalid (History) will work with Nate Grein '17 (History), who will spend three weeks at the India Office Records archive at the British Library, as well as the Wellcome Trust, identifying and photographing primary sources on medical topography in nineteenth Century India.

    Anna Moltchanova (Philosophy) and Laura Soter’17 (Cogntive Science/Philosophy) will find and discuss readings in ecological psychology and cognitive science that deal with epistemic affordances and do them, as part of a larger project on the social ontology of non-distributive subjects. 

    Juliane Schicker (German) and  Rachel Everett ’18 (Cinema and Media Studies) will continue with the project of the transcription, translation, and subtitling of interviews with conductor Kurt Mauser. The project is part of Juliane Schicker's research project on the cultural politics of music in Leipzig during the years of the German Democratic Republic.

    Thabiti Willis (History) will work with Zofeida Chaffee-Valdes ’19 (Und.) examining current heritage sites on the island of Bahrain, once the center of a robust pearling economy from the late 18th to early 20th centuries. Zofeida will be cataloguing images from various locations in Bahrain, including the Bahrain Museum.

    *Awards are made possible by generous gifts from Alison von Klemperer ’82.

  • On Friday, October 21, several Humanities Center Research Assistants presented the results of their summer research collaborations at the annual Student Research Symposium and Celebration held at the Weitz Center.

    Congratulations to Elizabeth Budd ’19, Briannon Carlsen '17, Madison Chambers '18, Jackie Culotta '19, Shayna Gleason '17, Lauren Kempton '18, Mairead Koehler '17, Julia Miller '18, and Bard Swallow '18.

  • Jillian Banner ’17

    On Friday, October 23, several Humanities Center Research Assistants presented the results of their summer research collaborations at the annual Student Research Symposium and Celebration held at the Weitz Center.

    Congratulations to Jillian Banner ’17, Camille Braun ’16, Alexandra Chang ’16, Abby Easton’16, Carolyn Friedhoff ‘17, Noah Scheer ’18, Tyler Spaeth ‘16 and Florence Wong ’16!

  • Undergraduate Journal of Humanistic Studies

    The very first issue of the Carleton Undergraduate Journal of Humanistic Studies is officially out! To access the journal, visit We are very excited to present eight pieces of scholarship from across the humanities disciplines. This project was the result of many hours of hard work and collaboration.

  • Profs David Tompkins, Adeeb Khalid, and Peter Balaam at the HC's Dialogos "In Search of the Secular"

    Spring Term Dialogos

    April 14, 2015

    Read The Historian's recap of the 2014-2015 Dialogos, sponsored by the Humanities Center and entitled, "In Search of the Secular."

  • The Humanities Center is pleased to announce the faculty fellows for the academic year 2015-2016.

  • Austin Mason

    Welcome Austin Mason

    February 19, 2015

    Introducing Austin Mason, a postdoctoral fellow in the digital humanities.

  • Serena Zabin

    Serena Zabin, Associate Professor of History, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowship for 2015-2016 to finish her book on the Boston Massacre, Occupying Boston: An Intimate History of the Boston Massacre.

  • Alison Kettering

    Midwestern Arcadia is a recently launched "Festschrift," a volume of essays published in celebration of Alison Kettering’s rich contributions to the teaching and practice of art history. The Midwestern Arcadia website was launched in coordination with a retirement event held for Alison on May 17.

  • Sunday, May 18, Weitz Center 236 ~ EVERYONE WELCOME!

    Northfield Reads: Veterans' Voices took place on Sunday, May 18 at the Weitz Center. It was a community reading project featuring literature written by war veterans, about their war experiences. Many war veterans, Carleton students and faculty, and members of the Northfield community attended the event. Many said afterwards that they were very eager to participate in the future events that are already being planned to discuss veterans' experiences and wider issues. Learn more about the event.

  • FRIDAY, APRIL 11 3:45, Athenaeum, REFRESHMENTS!

    Serena Zabin (History), Nancy Cho (English), and Kelly Connole (Studio Art)

    "We explainED why thinking about the relationship of the humanities and the public mattered to our work, what we learned from an interdisciplinary faculty seminar, and how participating in this seminar reshaped and revitalized our creative and scholarly projects."

    Gould Library Athenaeum, Friday, April 11, 3:45-5:00 pm

    Refreshments event.

    Serena Zabin    Nancy Cho    Kelly Connole