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Spring Memo 2013

Spring Memo 2013

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Dear Humanities friends and colleagues,I look forward to this spring quarter as the quintessential time of renewal. I enjoyedteaching my first class here this week and the lively interaction of students from four different programs, an invigorating exercise in practicing our interdisciplinary aspirationson the ground. I've also been very impressed by the quantity and quality of the lectures,conferences and events many of you have worked hard, and continue to work hard, toorganize for our mutual enrichment. I am excited to work with all of you more closely aswe continue to strengthen the School of Humanities and build a bright future for thetransformative scholarship and teaching for which we are known nationally andinternationally.To help us move forward, I am formally announcing today a comprehensive planninginitiative for the School, with the aim of developing a strategic vision and plan for theSchool by the end of this quarter that can then serve as the basis for concreteimplementation and reconstitution in the next academic year. Building upon last quarter'sexternal review (whose final report I anticipate receiving imminently), we will reconsider the entire organization of the School from top to bottom. Are we organized in the best possible ways to advance our larger research and teaching mission in the swiftlychanging environment of contemporary higher education? Do we have the right mix of  programs and coursework for today's students? Where do we need to stand firm andwhere do we need to innovate? These are hard but vital questions if we want not merelyto survive as the liberal arts core of a major research university but to thrive as theleading edge of the campus in negotiating the future of education, in defining newdirections in scholarship, and in creating new models to integrate teaching, research andservice. I invite you all to participate in these discussions and be part of the School'sfuture development.The urgency of these discussions takes place, to be sure, against the somber backdrop of the ongoing budget crisis of the university, but the reconstitution effort we areundertaking is not simply to be understood as a passive response to financial uncertainty.The current crisis is far too great for further trimming or for shrinking with or withoutdignity. Rather the challenge involved is how to think and organize ourselves differentlyin a rapidly changed world, how to reclaim the relevance of humanistic investigation in asociety that all too often thinks only of the bottom line, and to reposition the School for maximum success down the line.To this end, I will be appointing an ad hoc advisory committee for the reconstitution of the School of Humanities. The committee will be charged with rethinking the basic

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