College Professorship Honors 40th Anniversary
of the 40th anniversary celebration of Five Colleges, Inc.,
David Newbury, the Gwendolen Carter Professor of History at
Smith, is one of six faculty members from the consortium institutions
recently named to an honorary professorship.
The Five College
40th Anniversary Professorships recognize faculty members
at Smith, Mount Holyoke, Amherst and Hampshire colleges, and
the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, for their distinction
in scholarship and teaching. Each recipient will serve for
three years in the professorship.
Christopher Benfey, Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke
College; Barton Byg, professor in Germanic languages and literature
at UMass, Amherst; Austin Sarat, the William Nelson Cromwell
Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst
College; Ilan Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latina
American and Latino Culture at Amherst; and Daniel Warner,
professor in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural
Studies at Hampshire College.
, which was established in July 1965, is
one of the oldest and most successful educational institution
consortiums in the nation. The consortium promotes cooperation
among its member institutions, such as shared educational
and cultural resources and facilities, joint departments,
programs and faculty appointments, and inter-campus transportation.
In return for
an annual research allowance and release from teaching one
course at their home campus, the Five College 40th Anniversary
Professors will each teach a course at another member institution
in spring 2006, and offer a public lecture on a topic related
to their research.
research examines the historical dynamics between Central
and East Africa, will teach a course in the Amherst College
history department titled “Ecology and Imperialism in
Africa.” Newbury has conducted three major research
projects on the vast central and eastern regions of Africa,
focusing on the border area between Rwanda and Congo; the
consequences of a devastating famine in eastern Rwanda in
the 1920s; and the detrimental effects of colonial agrarian
policies in the 1930s on parts of eastern Congo. Recently,
he has studied the historical roots of political violence
in Central Africa.
books include Kings and Clans: A Social History of the
Lake Kivu Rift Valley; African Historiographies:
What History for Which Africa? and Paths to the Past:
Essays in Honor of Jan Vansina.
As part of the
Five College professorship, Hampshire College’s Daniel
Warner, a composer and electronic artist, is expected to teach
a course at Smith titled “SoundArt.”