Faculty of arts and sciences

New collaborations and connections in the Humanities Quadrangle

The Humanities Quadrangle, formerly the Hall of Graduate Studies, opened in late February after 30 months of renovations. It will house more than 15 FAS academic departments and programs, and the Whitney Humanities Center, which were previously located in buildings across the Yale campus.  The building has been completely renovated and restored, preserving its historical character but with a new layout that enables scholars and students to work alongside one another in a space designed to facilitate learning, exploration, and conversation. Tamar Gendler ’87, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, called the new space transformative: “It will foster new connections across departments and programs; it will enable faculty and students to share knowledge; and it will cultivate new ideas and approaches.” 

Five named Sterling Professors

The Sterling Professorship, Yale’s highest academic rank, is reserved for faculty members of exceptional accomplishment. Five FAS faculty, representing excellence across academic disciplines, have been appointed to this rank in recent months. The work of Francesco Casetti, Sterling Professor of Humanities and Film and Media Studies, has played a central role in establishing the study of film and the moving image as a field of study. Ronald Coifman, Sterling Professor of Mathematics, has made fundamental contributions to pure mathematics and digital computing. Menachem Elimelech, Sterling Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, founded Yale’s program in environmental engineering in 1998 and is a pioneer of wastewater reclamation, desalination, and reuse, as well as the environmental applications of nanomaterials. Christine Hayes, Sterling Professor of Religious Studies and Professor of Judaic Studies, is an authority on early Judaism with a focus on early Jewish law. Matthew Frye Jacobson, Sterling Professor of American Studies and History and professor of African American studies, has transformed understandings of race in America through his work on histories of ethnic identity. 

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