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Britain's First Stuart Kings, 1567-1642

Tim Harris, 2008-09 Faculty Fellow, has just had his new book Rebellion: Britain's First Stuart Kings, 1567-1642 published by Oxford University Press. The Munro-Goodwin-Wilkinson Professor in European History, Tim worked on the research for this book while he was a Faculty Fellow at the Cogut Center.

A review in the Sunday Times stated "It will be hard to better this multifaceted account of the events that led to the English Civil War... [Harris] has written one of the best accounts available."

Congratulations on your latest, Tim!

For more about the book and a video interview with Tim.

"What I Did on My Summer Vacation?
Well, sort of..."

For six weeks in June/ July of 2013 Brown graduate students Andrew Lison and Silvia Cernea Clark participated in the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University, as Cogut Center Tuition Fellows. When that summer session was over Andrew was asked by SCT director Amanda Anderson, to offer his reflections on his time at SCT for their newsletter, now available on-line here.

Congratulations, Andrew!


Tricia Rose, Director of the newly-invigorated Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA), celebrates with her staff at the opening of the department in their new digs in the Hillel complex at the corner of Brown and Angell Streets. Tricia stepped in as the Interim Director at the Cogut Center in the spring 2013 semester while Michael Steinberg was on assignment for Brown in Berlin. Tricia is also a member of the Cogut Center Governing Board. Welcome, CSREA and congratulations, Tricia!

(pictured, l - r., Michael C. Ruo, Department Manager; Tricia Rose, Director; and Caitlin Murphy, Program Outreach and Executive Assistant)

Fellowship Awarded to Cogut Center Alumna


Elizabeth S. Kassab, 2012 Visiting Professor in the Humanities, has been chosen for a prestigious year-long fellowship at Kaete Hamburger Kolleg, an advanced study center in Bonn, Germany.

Herzliche Gratulation!


"Brown Boys and Rice Queens:
Spellbinding Performance in the Asias"
Wins Fellowship Award

Eng-Beng Lim, 2012-13 Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, has been awarded the 2013 Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Fellowship for outstanding first book project for "Brown Boys and Rice Queens: Spellbinding Performance in the Asias" (New York University Press, November 2013).  Eng-Beng worked on this book while he was a Fellow at the Cogut Center and presented his work-in-progress to the Tuesday Fellows' Seminar.

Congratulations, Eng-Beng!

"Falling into the Fire:
A Psychiatrist's Encounters
with the Mind in Crisis"

Christine Montross '06MD, '07MMSc, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and 2011-12 co-coordinator of the Cogut Center's Creative Medicine lecture series, has a new book out about severe mental illness, told through stories about some of the people she has encountered and treated while in residency at Brown and in her early years on the faculty.

Falling into the Fire (Penguin Books, August 2013) was recently named a New Yorker Book to Watch Out For. About this new book Publisher's Weekly says"...[Montross's] intriguing analysis is anchored by the humble and empathetic voice of a psychiatrist working in a field wherein "every diagnosis is an act of faith." Read the New York Times review by Pauline Chen, MD.

Plan to attend Christine's talk and book signing at the November 22, 2013 SALON at the Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street.

"South Africa:
Voices of a New Future"

Cast your memory back to June 2011. Remember the two magical performances of "The Marriage of Figaro" by the University of Cape Town Opera School, brought to Brown campus by the Cogut Center?

Watch the moving new video about that ground-breaking opera program, including interviews with Thesele Kemane (Figaro), Linda Nteleza (Barbarina), as well as director Angelo Gobbato and head of the UCT Opera School, Kamal Khan.


And you can refresh your memory about those special performances here.

Teaching Medical Ethics Addressed on NPR

2011-12 Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine Jay Baruch, MD was interviewed by NPR reporter Kristin Gourlay on the emerging and challenging subject of teaching biomedical ethics to students at Brown's Warren Alpert Medical School. Jay is the director of the Ocean State Ethics Network and on the faculty of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at the medical school. He is also the convener of the Cogut Center's Creative Medicine lecture series that started in 2010-11, bringing professionals in the medical arena to campus to engage in examinations of creative and non-traditional uses of the arts and humanities in the practice of medicine.

Read the article and listen to the interview.

Elizabeth Kassab Wins Prestigious Award

Elizabeth S. Kassab, 2012 Visiting Professor in the Humanities, has just won the prestigious and much-coveted Sheikh Zayed 'Contribution of Nations' Book Award 2013.   Her book, Contemporary Arab Thought: Cultural Critique in Comparative Perspective, was first published in English by Columbia University Press and the Arabic translation was carried forward by Centre for Arab Unity Studies in Beirut in 2012.  

This award places the winner at the forefront of Arab thinkers and writers, something we knew about Elizabeth all along. The award will be presented officially in late April 2013 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre as part of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.

Congratulations, Elizabeth!

"Cities and the Shaping of Memory in the Ancient Near East"

Ömür Harmanşah, 2012-13 Faculty Fellow at the Cogut Center and Assistant Professor of the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, has had his book "Cities and the Shaping of Memory in the Ancient Near East" published by Cambridge University Press. Ömür's book investigates the founding and building of cities in the ancient Near East. The creation of new cities was imagined as an ideological project or a divine intervention in the political narratives and mythologies of Near Eastern cultures, often masking the complex processes behind the social production of urban space. This volume combs through archaeological, epigraphic, visual, architectural, and environmental evidence to tell the story of a region from the perspective of its spatial practices, landscape history, and architectural technologies.

Congratulations, Ömür!

Read more here.

"Grammatology and Literary Modernity in Turkey"

Nergis Ertürk, 2008-09 Visiting Professor in the Humanities at the Cogut Center, and currently Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Pennsylvania State University, has been awarded the Modern Language Association's Prize for a First Book for Grammatology and Literary Modernity in Turkey, published by Oxford University Press. The committee's citation for Nergis's book reads in part: "Nergis Ertürk's Grammatology and Literary Modernity in Turkey is a pwoerful and elegant study of literary, linguistic, and historical change in Turkey. Whereas dominant accounts of Turkey as the birthplace of postwar comparative literature privilege the writings of European exiles, Ertürk examines modern Turkish literature to revise our understanding of literary modernities, both national and global."

Congratulations, Nergis!

Read more here.

"Our Bodies Belong to God"

Sherine Hamdy, Kutayba Alghanim Assistant Professor of Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology, and 2006-8 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cogut Center, has had her book "Our Bodies Belong to God--Organ Transplants, Islam and the Struggle for Human Dignity in Egypt" published by the University of California Press. Sherine's book offers a fascinating description of debates over religious and medical authority in Egypt, in the context of a brutal political regime, the privatization of health care, the growing gap between rich and poor, and the increasing Islamization of the public sphere. Sherine first presented her book-in-progress at the weekly Cogut Center Fellows' Seminar when she was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow.

Watch a recent panel discussion on her book here.


Music is International

Sarah Wilbanks '12, alumna of our 2012 Berlin/Brown pilot program at the West-Eastern Divan Institute, announces that she just started work with the Nabeel Abboud Ashkar and the Polyphony Foundation. Among her interests are programs that emphasize an arts and humanities approach toward promoting coexistence and integration of socially marginalized groups. Sarah will be flying to Nazareth this fall for preparations for an October workshop.