Executive Committee

Our Executive Committee is charged with determining pertinent themes, driven by our humanities departments and faculty. Made up of Department Heads and Center Directors, this committee works to mobilize existing faculty energy and to coordinate the Institute with graduate and undergraduate curricula. 

Kathryn Sophia Belle
Associate Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies
Interim Director, Africana Research Center

Caroline Eckhardt
Smeal Chair in Literary Theory and Comparative Criticism and
Professor of Comparative Literature and English

Michael Kulikowski
Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History and Classics
Head, Department of History

Daniel Purdy
Professor of German Studies
Head, Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures

Willa Silverman
Malvin E. and Lea P. Bank Professor of French and Jewish Studies
Head, Department of French and Francophone Studies

Pamela VanHaitsma
Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Interim Director, Center of Humanities and Information