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Humanities awards recipients named

Eight faculty members have received 2006-07 LSA-OVPR Michigan Humanities Awards (MHA).

The awards are presented annually to tenured, full-time faculty members engaged in major scholarly and creative projects in relevant fields. The program is funded by LSA and the Office for the Vice President for Research (OVPR). The recipients' units receive replacement funds to support the appointment of visiting teacher-scholars, liberating the award recipients from teaching responsibilities for one term.

The LSA-OVPR Michigan Humanities Awards recipients and their projects for 2006-7 are:

• Sara Ahbel-Rappe, associate professor of Greek and Latin, "Cross-Examining Happiness: Reason and Community in the Socratic Dialogues of Plato."

• Yaron Eliav, the Jean and Samuel Frankel Associate Professor for Rabbinic Literature, "A Jew in the Roman Bathhouse: The Poetics of Cultural Interaction in the Roman Mediterranean."

• Julie Ellison, professor of American culture, "Specifying: The Cultural Project and the Public Good."

• Anne Ruggles Gere, professor of English and education, "Teaching Indians: Rhetorics of Survivance."

• Alaina Lemon, associate professor of anthropology, "Technologies of Intuition, Techniques of Empathy: Theater and the Aesthetics of Rupture in Millenial Moscow."

• Xiomara Santamarina, associate professor of English and CAAS, "Race, Class, and Respectability in Nineteenth-Century African-American Texts."

• Lawrence Sklar, the Carl G. Hempel and William K. Frankena Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy, "The Many Foundations of Newtonian Dynamics."

• George Steinmetz, professor of German and sociology, "A Theory of Empire: Heidegger, Schmitt, and Arendt."

The MHA is a highly competitive program that awards a faculty member a term free from teaching in order to develop a research project. Applications for the 2007-8 MHA competition are due Nov. 2.

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