Aerial view of Jodhpur, India, at night. Ayres has tracked the rise of India on the global stage.


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Global Impact

How Alyssa Ayres, AM’96, PhD’04, translated her academic work into foreign policy.
Marissa Fenley made her puppet Gordon—named for modernist theater pioneer Edward Gordon Craig—at a workshop hosted by theater company Rough House in 2016.


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Power Play

Marissa Fenley studies control dynamics between ventriloquists and their dummies.
Eric Elshtain, PhD'10 ponders a shark’s jaw.


Humanities at Work

A Poet and His Patrons

Eric Elshtain, PhD’10, translates museum visitors’ reflections into poetry.

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What Literature Can (and Can’t) Do for Us Now

Tableau spoke with Kenneth Warren amid nationwide protests over racial injustice in the spring.
Melvin (1929–2019) and Randy Berlin attend the 2019 Berlin Family Lectures.

A Literary Legacy

Berlin gift creates endowed assistant professorship in early modern literature.
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“Mediator” by Julia Phillips. Glazed ceramics, metal structure, granite tiles, slip cast ceramic microphone mesh

New Faculty 2020

The Division of the Humanities welcomes ten new faculty members, including nine former Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows.
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Anne Walters Robertson, Dean of the Division of the Humanities

From the Dean

In challenging times, humanistic inquiry offers comfort, critique, and enlightenment.