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Beginning January 18, 2018, the name of the Humanities Center will be Department of Comparative Thought and Literature.

The degree of Master of Arts in Humanistic Studies will not be offered in the 2018–19 academic year.

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Natacha Klein Käfer on German Charms

The Humanities Center announces a lecture by Natacha Klein Käfer (History and Cultural Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, and PCD Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities Center).

   "Rituals, Migrations, and Texts:
   German Charms in a Transcontinental

   Friday, October 6
   12:00 pm
   Gilman 208


Eric Naiman on Nabokov, Tolstoy, and Proust

The Humanities Center is pleased to announce a lecture by Eric Naiman (Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Professor and Bernie Williams Chair, Department of Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley).

   “Missed Connections: What Nabokov Saw
   and Didn't See in Proust and Tolstoy”

   Tuesday, October 24
   4:00 pm
   Gilman 208

Hent de Vries Appointed to the Chaire de Métaphysique Etienne Gilson

Hent de Vries has been appointed as the 2018 Titulaire de la Chaire de Métaphysique Etienne Gilson at the Institut Catholique in Paris. In that capacity, he will present six public lectures in March 2018, which will be published by the Presses Universitaires de France. The endowed chair and lecture series commemorates the work of the well-known twentieth-century medievalist and Descartes specialist, Etienne Gilson. Earlier chair holders include Pierre Aubenque, Alain de Libera, Jean-Luc Marion, Stanley Rosen, Stéphane Moses, Jean-Louis Chrétien, Francis Jacques, Jean Greisch, Jean Grondin, Rémi Braque, and Cathérine Chalier.

Michael Fried Decorated in France

The Humanities Center congratulates Michael Fried on his being honored by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. Professor Fried has been named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of his significant contributions to furthering the arts and literature in France and throughout the world. The award reflects a recognition of decades of important scholarship by Michael Fried in the areas of French painting, art criticism, and literature.


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