"Suzanne Preston Blier, a historian of African art and architecture at Harvard University, has been elected president of CAA for a two-year term, beginning in May 2016. A member of the board since 2012, Blier has served as vice president for publications (2013–15) and vice president of Annual Conference (2015–16), and has served on task forces related to the development of CAA’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts and Guidelines for the Evaluation of Digital Scholarship Read more about Suzanne Preston Blier Is the New CAA President
AAAS Professors Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Elizabeth Hinton, Walter Johnson, and Brandon Terry headlined a discussion on #blacklivesmatter on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, convened by professor Kirsten Weld and brought to you by the Harvard University Department of History and History Design Studio.
Professor Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham's book, Righteous Discontent, and conception of the term "politics of respectability" were discussed in a recent Boston Globe editorial, "The new face of civil rights."
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has just received a major grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to increase excitement about STEM education and fields of study via his longtime interest in family genealogy. The program involves the creation of genealogy and genetics summer camps and will involve several college and university partners including Spelman College, Morehouse College, and North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.
Professor Jacob Olupona has been awarded the Reimar Lust Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award is in recognition of “outstanding humanities scholars and social scientists from abroad who, as multipliers in and through the field of academic studies, have made an exceptional contribution to the enduring promotion of bilateral relations between Germany and their own countries.”
Ten distinguished humanities recipients to receive honor on Sept 10 in East Room ceremony
WASHINGTON (September 3, 2015) — The White House today announced the distinguished recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal. The awardees include historians, writers, a philosopher, scholar, preservationist, food activist and an education course. President Barack Obama will confer the medal in a September 10 ceremony in the East Room. The First Lady will also attend.
Professor Suzanne Blier's new book, Art and Risk in Ancient Yoruba: Ife History, Power and Identity, was featured twice in The Guardian this past week:
Ife coronation rituals and the primacy of history
By Editor on August 28, 2015
As the process leading to the emergence of a new Ooni of Ife gathers momentum, Prof. SUZANNE PRESTON BLIER, in her latest seminal work, Art and Risk in Ancient Yoruba: Ife History, Power and Identity, undertakes an excursion into the coronation rituals that the king-elect will undergo to transform him from a mere mortal into a god (orisa Read more about Professor Suzanne Blier's new book featured in The Guardian