Core Humanities at the University of Nevada

April 2014: Distinguished Teaching Assistants
Congratulations to these three outstanding graduate teaching assistants who have been chosen as Distinguished Teaching Assistants in the Core Humanities Program for the 2014–2015 academic year: Jamie Farley (History), Lisa Madura (Philosophy), and Andy Ross (English). The Distinguished Teaching Assistants organize the orientation for new Core Humanities instructors before the start of the Fall semester, advise and mentor other graduate teaching assistants, and teach classes of their own.
April 2014: Empire, Immigration, and France
Crowley Distinguished Professor Charles Tshimanga-Kashama will give a public lecture titled “The Empire at Home: The African Market and Neighborhood in Paris” on Wednesday, April 9, at 4:00 pm in AB 106. The lecture is free and all faculty, students, and interested community members are welcome to attend.
March 2014: Distinguished Professor
Dr. Cathy Chaput from the Department of English has been named the Sanford Distinguished Professor in the Core Humanities program for 2014–2016. Dr. Chaput is an experienced researcher and teacher whose background in rhetoric promises to add a fresh perspective and new expertise to the program. We congratulate Dr. Chaput and look forward to her courses and public lectures.
March 2014: Saving Walker Lake
Fitzgerald Distinguished Professor Leah Wilds will give a public lecture titled “Saving Walker Lake” on Thursday, March 27, at 4:00 pm in WRB 2003. The lecture is free and all faculty, students, and interested community members are welcome to attend.
March 2014: Student Survey Results
The results of the Fall 2013 Student Survey have been compiled and a summary report is now available in the Assessment section of the website. Thanks again to everyone who participated in the survey!
February 2014: Core Humanities Essay Prize Winner
Connor Farrell has won the 2013 Core Humanities Essay Prize. Congratulations Connor! Connor's essay, "A Comparison of the Philosophies of Maalouf, Hitler, and Goethe," was written in Dr. Charles Tshimanga-Kashama's CH 202 class, with discussion leader Geoff Scott.
January 2014: Student Survey Winner
Congratulations to Cecilia Bustos Duarte, winner of the first ever Core Humanities Student Survey prize! We would like to thank Cecilia and the 571 other students who took the time to participate in the survey. We will survey students every semester, so if you didn't get a chance to complete the survey in Fall 2013, be sure to look out for the survey again at the end of this semester. The results of the survey will be available on the website in the next few weeks.
November 2013: Zombie Apocalypse
Sanford Distinguished Professor Justin Gifford will give a public lecture titled “The Politics of Apocalypse: Why Zombies Matter to the Future of the Humanities” on Tuesday, November 19, at 4:00 pm in JTB 100. The lecture is free and all faculty, students, and interested community members are welcome to attend (if you dare!)
November 2013: Hip Hop Culture in France
Crowley Distinguished Professor Charles Tshimanga-Kashama will give a public lecture titled “Hip Hop Culture and Its Contribution to the Ongoing Conversation on French National Identity” on Thursday, November 7, at 4:00 pm in LLC 141. The lecture is free and all faculty, students, and interested community members are welcome to attend.
October 2013: “Saving Pyramid Lake”
Fitzgerald Distinguished Professor Leah Wilds will give a public lecture titled “Saving Pyramid Lake” on Wednesday, October 30, at 4:00 pm in AB 102. The lecture is free and all faculty, students, and interested community members are welcome to attend.
July 2013: Why Study the Humanities?
A recent report by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences highlights the centrality of the humanities in preparing young people for twenty-first century careers and challenges. You can read the report or a summary of it on their website, linked here. The report is accompanied by a short film produced by Ken Burns and George Lucas featuring prominent Americans talking about the value of the humanities in the lives of individuals and societies.
July 2013: New Postdoctoral Fellow
The Core Humanities program welcomes Eda Dedebas Dundar as our new postdoctoral fellow beginning in Fall 2013. Dr. Dundar holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Connecticut. Her research examines adaptations of the female wanderer and storyteller figure in Middle Eastern literature, and she has taught courses in world literature, languages and cultures, and writing at the University of Connecticut and the State University of New Jersey. We look forward to working with Dr. Dundar and hope this will be a rewarding and enriching experience for her and for our program.
April 2013: Distinguished Teaching Assistants
Congratulations to these four outstanding graduate teaching assistants who have been chosen as Distinguished Teaching Assistants in the Core Humanities Program for the 2013–2014 academic year: Paul Boone (History), Jonathan Cummins (History), Jennifer Forsberg (English), and Rachel Watts (English). The Distinguished Teaching Assistants organize the orientation for new Core Humanities instructors before the start of the Fall semester, advise and mentor other graduate teaching assistants, and teach classes of their own.
March 2013: Distinguished Professors
Dr. Charles Tshimanga-Kashama from the Department of History and Dr. Leah Wilds from Political Science have been named as Distinguished Professors in the Core Humanities program for 2013–2015. Dr. Tshimanga-Kashama holds the Crowley Distinguished Professorship and Dr. Wilds is Fitzgerald Distinguished Professor in the Humanities. Both professors will teach in the Core Humanities program every semester and offer one capstone course in their own discipline each year of the professorship, and they will also give one public lecture each semester. We congratulate Dr. Tshimanga-Kashama and Dr. Wilds and thank them for their long service and excellent teaching in our program.