Spring 2022

From the Dean
1 From the dean The dean reflects on the University’s new president, interdisciplinary research, and supporting graduate students and recent graduates.
Alumni Spotlight
2 Aha! Paul Durica, AM’06, PhD’13, is a public historian at the Newberry Library and in the pubs.
4 Two perspectives on queering the text Two scholars explore texts through a queer lens via research and pedagogy.
Humanities at Work
6 Grit into grace Jeri Lynne Johnson, AM’05, defies and diversifies expectations of a musical maestra.
Young Faculty Focus
8 New angles Art History’s junior faculty look at the discipline from shifting perspectives.
Graduate Students
10 Ethics unleashed A philosophy PhD student explores ethical theory, therapy, and the bond between humans and dogs.
On Campus
12 How to read a book A course on bibliography and book history taught students to understand the entire book—not just the words.
In Memoriam
13 Excerpt: “Cruel Optimism” In memory of Lauren Berlant, here is an excerpt from her most famous book, “Cruel Optimism.”