The Alumni Chair in Humanities provides leadership in establishing the humanities in the curriculum and in the broader intellectual life of the community; assists other humanities faculty in developing interdisciplinary courses; organizes humanities symposia; conducts research in the humanities; manages the humanities library fund; and maintains a visible presence for the humanities on campus.

The current chair is Professor Ellen L. Fleischmann (History). The previous five chairs are Professor Eugene August (English), Professor Michael Barnes (Religious Studies), Professor Richard Benedum (Music), and Professor John Heitmann (History), and Professor Patricia A. Johnson (Philosophy).

Each chair has traditionally chosen to focus a large part of her or his endeavors on a broad-ranging theme that is of critical interest to the university community. Dr. Fleischmann, whose research specialty is Middle East history, is strongly supportive of internationalization and diversity at UD and will build upon that commitment as Alumni Chair. In particular she aims to deepen student and faculty engagement with the curriculum and with new currents in scholarship in ways that foster informed and responsible citizenship in intercultural and transnational contexts. Working collaboratively with faculty and students, she plans to draw upon the resources of the humanities in ways that will make all in our community 'at home in the world.' Dr. Fleischmann is dedicated to working with the university community in multiple areas of interest that promote and deepen understanding of the values of the humanities.

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Ellen L. Fleischmann
Professor of History
Alumni Chair in Humanities