Council Announces Old Dominion Professors for 2020-2021

May 26, 2020

Yaacob Dweck, Elizabeth Harman, Melissa Lane, and Susan J. Wolfson will join the Humanities Council in academic year 2020-2021 as Old Dominion Research Professors.

They will participate in the year-long program which provides additional research time and enhances the humanities community more broadly. Additionally, they will serve as Faculty Fellows in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts.

During the year, this core group of senior faculty will contribute to the Council’s programs and events and engage colleagues and students from across the University in sustained discussions about their work:

Yaacob Dweck, Professor of History and the Program in Judaic Studies
Project: Rabbinic Reactionaries in the Sephardic Diaspora: Notes on a Social Type

Elizabeth HarmanLaurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values
Project: Morality Within the Realm of the Morally Permissible

Melissa Lane, Class of 1943 Professor of Politics and Director, University Center for Human Values
Project: Lycurgus, Solon, Charondas…Figuring the Legislator in Platonic Political Thought and its Aftermath

Susan J. Wolfson, Professor of English
Project: Romanticism’s Generative Reading

Old Dominion Professors are faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are full professors and who have been at the University for a minimum of five years. They are appointed for a term of one year, one semester of which would otherwise have been devoted to a regular sabbatical leave. The Professorship extends that leave to one full year.

The Old Dominion Professors will be introduced to members of the University humanities community on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at the 14th Annual Humanities Colloquium.

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