Global Development Studies in a Liberal Arts Curriculum - Humanisitc Approaches to Global Modernities

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 4:00pm
Event Location: 
1117 UCC (IP Commons)
Iowa City, IA 52242

This talk will be given by Professor Richard Handler, University of Virginia. About Professor Handler: 


While colleges and universities encourage interdisciplinary research and teaching, we seldom discuss the nuts and bolts challenges of collaborative, interdisciplinary work.  During his visit to the University of Iowa, Professor Richard Handler, Director of the Program in Global Development Studies and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Virginia will lead a discussion based on his career as a scholar, teacher, and administrator whose work cuts across the geographical and disciplinary boundaries.

Professor Handler’s experience includes being director of an international program, former Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, and a sociocultural anthropologist with interests in nationalism; ethnicity and multiculturalism; museum studies; cultural criticism; and connections among anthropology, history, and literature. Even a few titles of his publications suggest the breadth of his interests: Critics Against Culture: Anthropological Observers of Mass Societies (2005), The New History in an Old Museum: Creating the Past at Colonial Williamsburg (with Eric Gable, 1997), Schneider on Schneider: The Conversion of the Jews and Other Anthropological Stories.  Interviews with David M. Schneider, transcribed, edited and with an introduction by Richard Handler (1995), and The Fiction of Culture: Jane Austen and the Narration of Social Realities (with Daniel Segal, 1990. Rpt. 1999.)  He has recently been awarded funding from the Jefferson Trust to support a two-year pre-doctoral fellowship for the Global Development Studies program.