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 Tuesday, May 18, 2010 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


Muller-Sievers Named Director of the Center for Humanities and the Arts
by Merlyn Holmes, publications and Web cordinator

Professor Helmut Muller-Sievers of the CU-Boulder Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures has been named director of the Center for Humanities and the Arts. During his term as director, he will also hold the Eaton Professorship, an endowed faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Muller-Sievers joined the Boulder faculty in the fall of 2009, after a distinguished two-decade career at Northwestern University where he was a professor of German literature and classics, and also served at different times as director of the Program in Comparative Literary Studies and director of the Alice Kaplan Center for the Humanities. He earned his doctorate in German from Stanford University, and he has a masters from Freie Universitat Berlin. He did his undergraduate work in German and Latin literature and philosophy at the Universitat Dusseldorf.

He is the author of four books, including the recently completed “The Cylinder: Kinematics of the 19th Century,” and has also published 30 articles. His scholarly interests include science, technology, and literature in the 18th and 19th centuries; philosophy and literature; philology and hermeneutics; and classical cultures. He has spoken around the world on a wide variety of topics and has won grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the Max-Planck-Institut fur Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin, among others.

“I’m honored and delighted,” said Muller-Sievers. “When I decided to come to CU-Boulder last year, the strength and promise of its humanities faculty and the culture of interdisciplinary collaboration were main attractions. I hope faculty and students will bring their best ideas to the center, and continue to avail themselves of the many opportunities we offer.”

Professor Muller-Sievers was selected after an internal search, conducted by a faculty committee chaired by Professor Thomas Zeiler of history. He will assume the directorship on July 1, 2010, succeeding Professor Michael Zimmerman of philosophy, who served as director 2006-2010.

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