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Altman humanities professor named

Larry Peer, professor of comparative literature at Brigham Young University, has been appointed Miami’s John W. Altman Distinguished Professor in the Humanities.

The professorship, named for the 1960 Miami graduate who funded it, allows the university to bring a distinguished teacher-scholar to campus for a yearlong appointment. The Altman Distinguished Professor will teach an interdisciplinary humanities course with three Altman Teaching Fellows chosen from Miami’s faculty.

Peer, who heads the comparative literature section at Brigham Young, is the author, co-author or editor of six books on European Romanticism and has written numerous articles on Russian, Italian, German and English writers. He is the executive director of the American Conference on Romanticism.

Michael Bachem (German, Russian and East Asian languages), Robert Benson (architecture/interior design) and Elaine Miller (philosophy) have been appointed Altman Teaching Fellows and will collaborate with Peer on teaching a new interdisciplinary course, "Romanticism: Roots of Modernity."

The Miami Plan Foundation course, to be offered in fall 2000 and spring 2001, will examine not only the literature, but the philosophy and artistic expressions of European Romanticism.

In spring 2001 a new thematic sequence course will be offered probing ramifications of Romanticism in literature, philosophy and fine arts. Art exhibits and musical performances also are planned to reinforce the interdisciplinary event.

During his stay at Miami, Peer’s host department will be the department of German, Russian and East Asian languages.

Date Published: 12/09/1999
Volume: 19   Number: 19

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