Arkansas’ flagship educational institution is establishing a new research institution.
The University of Arkansas has announced the formation of the Arkansas Humanities Center, an entity that is designed to foster research within the university’s J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. The center will specifically support research in humanities disciplines, including literature, philosophy, English, journalism and more.
University of Arkansas officials have named two individuals to lead the center’s operations, as well as a multi-disciplinary steering committee to guide the new institution.
Professor Tricia Starks has been appointed to serve as the center’s director. She is succeeding Kathryn Sloan, who oversaw the center’ creation. In addition, assistant professor Lissette Lopez Szwydky-Davis will aid Starks as the associate director for the Arkansas Humanities Center.
“I am excited to foster humanities scholarship and bring that research to the community,” Starks said in a statement. “Humanities research helps us to consider our actions informed by knowledge of the past, culture and context.”
The steering committee consists of nine U of A faculty members drawn from across the humanities spectrum. The committee includes: Sean P. Connors, Department of Curriculum and Instruction; Casey Lee Kayser, Department of English; Violeta Lorenzo-Feliciano, Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Amanda Kathleen McMullen, Department of Philosophy; Charles E. Muntz, Department of History; Ram Natarajan, Department of Anthropology; Niketa S. Reed, School of Journalism and Strategic Media; John Stanly Walch, Department of Theatre; and Ron Warren Jr., Department of Communication.