Goodbyes and New Beginnings from Associate Director Kathy Wallerstein

Goodbyes and New Beginnings from Associate Director Kathy Wallerstein

It’s hard to believe that the year 2021-22 is coming to a close, and with it the departure not only of Jaimey Fisher, but also of Stephanie Maroney, whose extraordinary work building and leading the Mellon Public Scholars program put the DHI on the map in the field of public humanities nationally, and Amanda Kong, our wonderful GSR of the past year. A humanities institute is by nature always in flux, touched and changed by the faculty, students, staff, and fellows who rotate through its doors both literal and virtual. At the DHI we have had the incredible gift of Jaimey’s vision and leadership for the institute as a whole, and of Stephanie’s for the Public Scholars program and its many facets. Amanda breathed life into our newsletter and was invaluable in helping with a range of programmatic work. Earlier this year our Events Coordinator Gina Nunes moved on. She too left an indelible mark on the DHI. Thanks to all of you—and to Webmaster Elliott Pollard and GSR Emily Rich who are staying on—for your tremendous service and unique gifts, and for paving the way for new teams to come. This summer and fall we welcome Archana Venkatesan as our new faculty director, along with an ACLS postdoctoral fellow, a new events coordinator, and a new GSR, all of whom we will introduce in our fall newsletter.

Until then, have a good summer, everyone, and stay well!