The Humanities Council
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The role of the Humanities Council is (1) to support the interests of the humanities and to promote the intellectual vigor of the humanities at Cornell; (2) to serve as advisory body to the Director of the Society for the Humanities; and (3) to advise and assist the Dean and the Provost in designing and implementing special projects such as the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.
The Humanities Council election procedure is as follows: After soliciting names from the humanities faculty, the co-chairs of the Humanities Council and the Director of the Society submit a slate of candidates to the Dean's Office. They consider the representation of departments, disciplines, and fields of continuing and outgoing members of the Council. One of their major concerns in composing a slate of nominees is to arrive at as broad a representation as possible. After the Dean has approved the slate of candidates, a ballot is to all faculty in humanities departments.
Members of the Humanities Council serve three-year terms.
Current members of the Council are:
- Anne M. Blackburn (Asian Studies) - term ends 2021
- Ananda Cohen-Aponte (History of Art) - term ends 2019
- Oneka LaBennett (Africana Studies) - term ends 2021
- Patty Keller (Romance Studies) - term ends 2020
- Benjamin D. Piekut (Music) - term ends 2019
- David Stephan Powers (Near Eastern Studies) - term ends 2020
- Lucinda E.G. Ramberg (Anthropology, FGSS) - term ends 2021
- Robert Travers (History) - term ends 2021
- Claudia Verhoeven (History) - term ends 2020
- Sara L. Warner (Performing & Media Arts) - term ends 2019
- Marina Andrea Welker (Anthropology) - term ends 2020