Issue XI
Published by the Third Chapter Project, Inc.

Re: Feminist Perspectives on the Humanities and Higher Education
by Erin McCoy

Diversity and Inclusion: Elusive Goals or Complementary Values?
by Volker Frank

Gender as a Mnemonic Device: Trans Re-imaginings of History and the Body
by AC Panella

New NEH Fellowships Open Book Awardees

Introduction to the Open Research Library

Neilson Library Renovation

New Collaboration Between Howard University and Columbia University Press

Germany’s Return of Benin Bronzes Could be a Game Changer


Ongoing Call for Articles for OTH

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Diversity and Inclusion: Elusive Goals or Complementary Values?
by Volker Frank

Has the University managed to address a central problem of modern times? And has the University not only addressed it, but arrived at a “good enough” conclusion or recommendation among its teachers and with its students? I am not so sure. In other words, while a lot of Universities and Colleges, and especially those who teach the Humanities, have recently – and rightfully so - engaged more intentionally with issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, frequently we are still not addressing a fundamental question: what are our values and beliefs, why do we have the values and beliefs we have, and what’s so unique about the Humanities in their attempts to clarify values for us?
Re: Feminist Perspectives on the Humanities and Higher Education
by Erin McCoy

After considering the subject “Feminist Perspectives on the Humanities and Higher Education,” the first question that flitted across my mind was: “What do women and the humanities have in common?”

Scrawled across my Snoopy notepad, my answer: “They have to fight to be heard.”

Gender as a Mnemonic Device: Trans Re-imaginings of History and the Body
by AC Panella

Mnemonic devices are more than word play for remembering and retelling information; a
mnemonic device can be any system that uses recollection to quickly use complex information. Gender as it’s currently invoked in a U.S. context tends to function to quickly recalling the complex histories of bodies and the expectations those bodies.

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Knowledge Unlatched has released a new video depicting how the Open Research Library (ORL) works.

The decision by the German government to return hundreds of bronzes from the former Kingdom of Benin currently being housed in the Ethnological Museum in Berlin to Nigeria will put considerable moral pressure on institutions such as the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford and the British Museum, both of which hold significant collections of looted Benin bronzes.

Howard University has announced a new book series in the field of Black Studies called “Black Lives in the Diaspora: Past / Present / Future,” to be published by Columbia University Press in partnership with Columbia University’s African-American and African Diaspora Studies Department. Howard University said that the collaboration “represents the first step in a larger partnership between the two universities to publish more robustly in Black studies and to recruit and support a cohort of editorial fellows to provide an entryway for recent HBCU graduates to begin careers in the publishing industry.”

Architect and sculptor Maya Lin, most well-known for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, has completed a stunning redesign and renovation of the Neilson Library at Smith College.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced that ten new books have been added to the Fellowships Open Book Program, a special initiative for scholarly presses to make recent monographs freely available online. The awardees are Rutgers University Press, State University of New York Press, University of California Press, University of Florida Press, University of Michigan Press, and University of North Carolina Press. 

"Artificial intelligence has infiltrated our daily lives—in the ways we conduct business, govern, provide healthcare and security, and communicate. The large-scale cultural and societal implications of these changes—and the ethical questions they raise—pose a serious challenge as we embrace a future increasingly shaped by the implementation of AI technology.

Join us for a series of virtual events—presentations, conversations, webinars, film screenings, and an art exhibition—highlighting perspectives from leading humanists, scientists, engineers, artists, writers, and software company executives collectively advancing inquiry into key emerging questions. With events and convenings spread out over three weeks, this series of events is intended to foster future cooperation and exploration. All events will be live-streamed and archived for future dissemination.

From the Third Chapter Blog
Many of us may have wondered what it would be like to live in a world where the majority of women were the leaders, lawmakers and CEOs. What would change? In an interview this month with HBCU Buzz, Suzanne Elise Walsh, President of Bennett College, has some insights into what that culture might be like.
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