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Susannah Heschel: To the Nth Degree
The College really does have faculty who can do it all: conduct innovative research, be a wonderful teacher, play a prominent public role, enrich the overall intellectual life of the College, mentor students — and accomplish all of these tasks with style. Professor Susannah Heschel is a good example.
Today Professor Heschel will receive an honorary degree from the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. This doctorate is in addition to the honorary degrees that she has already received from Colorado College and the Augustana Theologische Hochschule, a Protestant seminary in Bavaria, Germany.
Beyond her work in Jewish and Holocaust studies, Professor Heschel had done widely respected research into Jewish-Christian relations over the last two centuries, and her current work focuses on the history of Jewish scholarship on Islam. Her two-year sabbatical from the College is being financed by the Carnegie Foundation.
A few years ago, I audited Susannah’s course on the Historiography of the Holocaust, which she ran like a graduate seminar. The eight of us met once per week for three or more hours to discuss a different book. Susannah knew each of the authors well, and in fact, she had brought almost all of them to the College to lecture at some point in the past. Holocaust studies is a fast-developing field, and Susannah skillfully laid out for us the thread of argument between the contending schools of scholarly thought.
Not too bad for a mother who has two lovely kids with her husband, Earth Sciences Professor Jim Aronson. Perhaps the 24-hour clock does not apply to her?
A final point: Dartmouth has not seen such sartorial splendor in a faculty member since Peter Saccio bestrode the campus in a velvet cape!
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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