Tista Bagchi (Robert F. and Margaret
S. Goheen Fellow 2001-02) has been
named to a three-year term as a member
of the Indian Council of Social Science
Research. She teaches at the University
of Delhi, where in 2003 she became
a full professor in the Department of
Linguistics. She has recently been coeditor
of a volume of conference proceedings
published in India from a multidisciplinary
conference she helped organize
in April 2004 on the theme "The
Construction of Knowledge."
Harlan Beckley (Jessie Ball DuPont
Fellow 1995-96) has been named acting
president of Washington and Lee University
for the 2005-06 academic year.
Beckley, who has taught at Washington
and Lee for more than thirty years, will
serve in the interim position as the university
searches for a new president.
Leslie M. (Bud) Baker, Jr. has become
interim president of Old Salem, the restored
18th-century Moravian village at
the original site of Salem, North Carolina.
Christopher Celenza (Burkhardt Fellow of
the American Council of Learned Societies
2003-04) has been awarded the Phyllis
Goodhart Gordan Book Prize for 2005 by
the Renaissance Society of America for the
book he worked on during his fellowship,
The Lost Italian Renaissance: Humanists,
Historians, and Latin's Legacy (Johns
Hopkins University Press, 2004).
Lewis Dabney (GlaxoSmithKline Senior
Fellow 2001-02) received a page one
review in the New York Times Book
Review of his new book Edmund Wilson:
A Life in Literature. Louis Menand wrote
about it in the New Yorker, as did James
Wood in the New Republic. Although
he spent twenty years on his life of
Wilson, Dabney is not done with the
great man yet; next he plans to edit
a collection of Wilson's work for the
Library of America. For the text of the
interview Dabney gave to the News of the
National Humanities Center in 2002, visit
Denis Donoghue (Mellon Fellow 1991-92;
Distinguished Visitor, 1995-96, '96-97,
'98-99; Trustee) has published The
American Classics: A Personal Essay
(Yale University Press, 2005).
Jean Bethke Elshtain (Lilly Fellow in
Religion and the Humanities 2000-01;
Trustee Emerita) joined the National
Council on the Humanities, for the
remainder of a six-year term expiring
Jan. 26, 2010. The Council advises the
chairman of the National Endowment
for the Humanities.
Stanley Fish (Fellow 1991-92) has signed
a five-year contract to teach in the young
law school at Florida International University.
Fish retired last year as dean of
the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Monika Fludernik (Mellon Fellow 1990-91)
has recently edited two publications,
Diaspora and Multiculturalism: Common
Traditions and New Developments
(Cross/Cultures 66, Rodopi, 2003) and,
with Greta Olson, In the Grip of the
Law: Trials, Prisons and the Space
Between (Peter Lang, 2004).
Brad Inwood (Josephus Daniels Fellow*
1995-96) won the CHOICE Outstanding
Academic Title, 2004, for his book
The Cambridge Companion to the Stoics.
Jonathan Levin (NEH Fellow 1998-99)
has been appointed dean of the School
of Humanities at Purchase College, part
of the State University of New York.
Levin is currently completing the book
he worked on as a fellow, Cultivating
Nature: Essays in American Literary
Steven Marcus (Fellow 1980-81, '81-82;
Trustee) was the guest of honor at "The
Long Nineteenth Century," a symposium
in his honor at Columbia University
on October 14, 2005. Speakers with a
National Humanities Center connection
included Andrew Delbanco, James Olney,
Jonah Siegel, and Patricia Meyer Spacks.
Michael Peletz (Mellon Fellow 1999-2000)
is spending the 2005-06 academic year
at the Institute for Advanced Study, in
Princeton, completing work on a book
project titled Diversity, Legitimacy, and
Inequality: Gender Pluralism in Muslim
and Buddhist Southeast Asia Since Early
Modern Times, which was one of the
projects he was pursuing during his year
at the Center. Also at the Institute are
Louise McReynolds (NEH Fellow
1995-96; 1999-2000), Jeremy Popkin
(Delta Delta Delta Fellow 2000-01), and
Muhammad Zaman (Lilly Endowment
Fellow in Religion and the Humanities
2000-01). Once he completes his fellowship,
Peletz will be leaving Colgate
University to join the Department of
Anthropology at Emory University.
Piotr Sommer (Hurford Family Fellow
2004-05) received a glowing review
of his book Continued in the Guardian
(September 17, 2005), in which Mark
Ford writes that Sommer "is increasingly
coming to be seen as one of Poland's
most exciting and influential poets."
To hear Sommer readin both
English and Polishvisit:
Mary C. Sturgeon (NEH Fellow
1982-83) has published a new book,
Corinth IX.3: The Assemblage from
the Theater (The American School
of Classical Studies at Athens, 2004).
Charlotte Sussman (Burkhardt Fellow
of the American Council on Learned
Societies 2003-04) and her husband
Jeremy Green are both spending
2005-06 as visiting professors in the
Duke University Department of English.
They have also welcomed a new family
memberJacob Walter Green, who was
born June 14, 2005.
Maureen Warner-Lewis (Benjamin N.
Duke Fellow* 1993-94) has won three
prizes for her book Central Africa in the
Caribbean: Transcending Time, Transforming Cultures (University of the West Indies Press, 2003): the 2004 Caribbean
Studies Association Gordon K. and Sybil
Lewis Award; Best Academic Publication
in 2003 by the Book Industry
Association of Jamaica; and Best
Publication in the Faculty of Humanities
and Education of the University of the
West Indies, 2004.