Former CEAH Director
July 2010 - June 2013
From the Director's Desk:
The academic year 2012-2013 was a very productive time for the CEAH in general, as well as for our individual faculty in the arts and humanities at ISU's Colleges of Design and LAS. Several professors received prestigious individual or collaborative outside grants which include: the National Science Foundation, Howard Foundation, Fulbright-Hays, and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. We participated in the first Iowa Humanities Symposium at Salisbury House in Des Moines, which promises to be a productive annual event. Our Donald Benson Memorial Lecture in Literature, the Arts and Science was again very well attended in March 2013, and Provost Wickert offered poignant introductory remarks regarding the role of the humanities and arts at a land-grant institution. Dr. Ann Taves, of UC-Santa Barbara, gave a fascinating talk on the materialization of spiritual objects in American religious culture.
Our innovative interdisciplinary research clusters are expanding, and we added a new debt-crises group headed by Professor William Carter (WLC). We continue to sponsor our roundtable discussion panels on campus, which produce interesting topics such as the spring 2013 forum, organized by Professors Horwitz & Ringholz, on the "Aesthetics & Design of Food."
This fall 2013, we welcome Dr. Robert Fishman from the University of Michigan to give a keynote address on Jane Jacobs and Rachel Carson's legacy for urban sustainability, and we appreciate the work of Drs. Basmajian & Zarecor (College of Design) in helping to organize his talk and consult with our urban infrastructure group here at ISU. As departing director, after three year at the helm, I hope the interdisciplinary collaborative ventures and research clusters that I began serve as a catalytic template for further intellectual exchange and grant development.
James T. Andrews, Former CEAH Director, Professor of Russian History
Former CEAH Director,
Professor of History