Dear Friends,

For this issue of Tableau, I turn my traditional dean’s letter over to Karla Scherer, the chair of the Humanities visiting committee. This group, composed of thoughtful friends of the Division, helps me implement our immediate and long-term priorities.

As the UChicago Campaign gains momentum, I can think of no one better qualified to articulate the importance of coming together to define this institution’s future. I am indebted to Karla’s wisdom and generosity, and to the wisdom and generosity of all the visiting committee members, alumni, and friends who donate their time and energy to our shared mission.

With best wishes,

Martha T. Roth
Dean of the Division of the Humanities


This past fall saw the historic launch of the University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact, an initiative that calls upon all of us to invest in the University’s continued success. The campaign’s goals are ambitious, but then again, so are we. My experience as a graduate student in the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities shapes, and continues to inform, my life every day. As alumni and friends, we have the privilege and the responsibility now to help shape UChicago and its legacy, and the campaign offers us many opportunities to do exactly that: as philanthropists, as volunteers, as individuals who recognize the value of this remarkable place.

In the Division of the Humanities, supporting faculty research and expanding resources for students inform all our campaign priorities. There are many ways to participate, from joining us for a special Humanities Day celebrating the University’s 125th anniversary to networking with our students at career events or making a gift to underwrite summer research trips. This is a chance for alumni and friends to become more deeply engaged with Humanities students and faculty—and with each other—as a way of demonstrating our commitment to outstanding scholarship, now and for generations to come. Our community has so much to offer this institution, and together we can ensure that the distinctive humanistic research done at UChicago, by professors and young scholars alike, will endure.

I am honored to have the opportunity to present the latest issue of Tableau. The stories within, such as those shared by my fellow visiting committee members in “The Human Experience,” exemplify our dedication to the rigorous endeavors for which UChicago is celebrated. As you read about the work of our exceptional students, faculty, and alumni, I hope you will see the impact the Division has on humanistic scholarship—at UChicago and beyond.




Karla Scherer, AM’99
Chair of the Visiting Committee to the Division of the Humanities 



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