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Visiting Fellowships

Visiting Fellows are appointed by the Institute's Director, on the advice of the Organizing Fellows; the length of appointment varies with the needs of the project and the visitor's availability. Visiting Fellows participate in public events and in the project's Kahn Research Colloquium and work closely with Faculty and Student Fellows. The Kahn Advisory Committee, in cooperation with the Selection Committees for the Kennedy and Neilson Visiting Professorships, encourages faculty to design proposals that include prospective Kennedy or Neilson professors.

Kahn Liberal Arts Institute Senior Fellows 2008-2009

Senior Fellowships

Kahn Senior Fellows are appointed by the Provost/Dean of the Faculty of Smith College on the advice of the Institute's Director. These distinguished Fellowships allow each Senior Fellow to pursue opportunities stemming from his/her yearlong Kahn project. To qualify for a Kahn Senior Fellowship, you must be a senior member of the faculty, or recent emeritus, and have been an Organizing Fellow of a Kahn project.

The current Senior Fellows for the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute are:

  • Lester Little
    Kahn Liberal Arts Institute Founding Committe Member
    Dwight W. Morrow Professor Emeritus of History

Professor Little is a former Director of the American Academy in Rome, a past President of the Medieval Academy of America, and also a past President of the International Union of Institutes of Archaeology, Art History and History in Rome. From 2000 to 2005 he served on the Board of Directors of the Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange between Italy and the United States.

A specialist in the social history of religion and religious movements in the European Middle ages, his principal publications include: Nature, Man and Society: New Theological Perspectives in the Latin West; Religious Poverty and the Profit Economy in Medieval Europe; Liberty, Charity, Fraternity: Lay Religious Confraternities at Bergamo in the Age of the Commune; Benedictine Maledictions: Liturgical Cursing in Romanesque France; with Barbara H. Rosenwein, Debating the Middle Ages: Issues and Readings; and, most recently, Plague and the End of Antiquity: The Pandemic of 541-750.

In the spring term 2009 he is to teach at Dartmouth College an interdisciplinary course together with members of the Dartmouth Medical School faculty on the past, present, and future of bubonic plague.

  • Peter Pufall
    Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Donald Robinson
Charles N. Clark Professor Emeritus of Government and American Studies

Donald L. Robinson holds degrees from Yale (BA, 1958), Union Theological Seminary in New York City (MDiv, 1962), and Cornell (PhD, 1966). His academic research and teaching focus on American constitutional development.  He is the author of Slavery in the Structure of American Politics, 1765-1820 (winner of the Saturday Review’s Anisfield-Wolff Award in 1971); "To the Best of My Ability":  The Presidency and the Constitution;  For the Committee on the Constitutional System, he edited Reforming American Government (Westview, 1988) and wrote Government for the Third American Century (Westview, 1989). With Professor Ray A. Moore, of Amherst College, he co-edited The Constitution of Japan:  A Documentary History of Its Framing and Adoption, 1945-1947.  In 2002, he and Professor Moore published Partners for Democracy: Creating the New Japanese State Under MacArthur, a study of the framing of Japan’s postwar constitution.

From 1983 until 1990, he was director of research for the Committee on the Constitutional System.  He was an adviser to and a panelist for the seven-part PBS program, "The Presidency and the Constitution."   In 1983 he appeared in a series of programs on PBS entitled "The Constitution:  That Delicate Balance."  During the American Constitutional bicentennial, he was a consultant to The Ford Foundation on comparative constitutionalism and lectured widely on the Constitution (in Israel, Japan, China, Hong Kong and the UK, among other places). During the 1980s, he was director of Project '87, a project of the American Historical Association and the American Political Science Association to commemorate the bicentennial of the United State Constitution.  He has been a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions in Santa Barbara CA, and at Oxford and Yale universities. 

For nine years he was an elected member of the select board in Ashfield MA.  He is currently at work on a study of town-meeting democracy in rural Massachusetts.  He is co-chair of the editorial board that is preparing a third volume of the history of Ashfield, Massachusetts.  He writes a regular column, called “At Large,” for the Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton MA).

  • Peter Rose
    Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus Sociology and Anthropology
    Organizing Fellow, The Anatomy of Exile, 2000-2001

Peter Rose came to Smith in 1960 and retired in 2003. Over the years he also served as a visiting professor at Clark, Wesleyan, the University of Colorado, UCLA, Yale and Harvard, and as a Fulbright professor in the UK, Japan, Australia, Austria and the Netherlands. He is the author of They and We (1964, 6th ed.; 2006); The Subject Is Race (1967); Strangers In Their Midst (1977); Mainstream and Margins (1983); Temptest-Tost (1997), and Guest Appearances and Other Travels in Time and Space (2003), and editor of a number of volumes on race, ethnicity, immigration and refugee policy, including, most recently, The Dispossessed: An Anatomy of Exile (2005), a collaborative work resulting from the Kahn project on exile.

  • Marjorie Senechal
    Louise Wolff Kahn Professor Emerita in Math & History of Science, Mathematics & Statistics
    Founding Director (1998-2005) of the Kahn Institute
    Organizing Fellow, Visual Languages (2004-2005) and A Festival of Disorder (2008-2009)

Marjorie Senechal is the author or editor of 12 books, including Shaping Space; Quasicrystals and Geometry; Long Life to Your Children! a portrait of high Albania; Northampton's Century of Silk and, most recently I Died for Beauty: Dorothy Wrinch and the Cultures of Science. She was a founding member of the board of directors of the Washington-based Civilian Research and Development Foundation (now CRDF Global), which promotes and facilitates international scientific cooperation, and was co-chair of the Russian-American Governing Council of its program Basic Research and Higher Education. Marjorie directed the Northampton Silk Project (1998-2003) and is Editor-in-Chief of the international quarterly The Mathematical Intelligencer..

  • Richard Unsworth
    Professor Emeritus of Religion, College Chaplain, Retired
    Organizing Fellow, Ecologies of Childhood (1998-1999)

Dr. Unsworth holds a B.D. from Yale Divinity School and a Th. M. from Harvard Divinity School. He has also served as dean of the William Jewett Tucker Foundation and professor of religion at Dartmouth College, president and headmaster of Northfield Mount Hermon School, trustee of Mount Holyoke College and member of the Overseers Committee to Visit the Divinity School at Harvard University.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute at Smith College was one of fifteen humanities centers and institutes that participated in the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation's postdoctoral fellowship program in the humanities while it lasted. The fellowships were designed to expand the experiences and abilities of the next generation of scholar-teachers; jumpstart academic careers; and encourage good practices in graduate education by selection criteria that emphasized pedagogical experience, timely degree achievement, and meticulous scholarship.

We are in the early planning stages of developing our own external postdoctoral fellowship program.

Faculty Fellowships

Student Fellowships

Visiting, Senior & Postdoctoral

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