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Five College Professorship Honors 40th Anniversary

As part 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.

Newbury joins 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.

Five Colleges, Inc., 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.

Newbury, whose 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.

Newbury’s 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.”

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