FRANKE STAFF

Together, the Franke Institute’s staff has strong leadership in areas such as program development, event planning, grant development and stewardship, incubating collaborations, and interdisciplinary special projects that require working with different offices and centers, on campus and at other institutions.

RICHARD NEER

Director
(773) 702-8273 | JRL S-101 
rtneer@uchicago.edu

Richard Neer is Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Distinguished Service Professor of Art HistoryCinema & Media Studies and the College at the University of Chicago. From 2010 to 2018 he was the Executive Editor of Critical Inquiry, where he continues to serve as Co-Editor. He works at the intersection of aesthetics, archaeology and the history of art in multiple fields: Classical Greek sculpture, early modern French painting, theories of style, and mid-20th century cinema. His Ph.D. is from the University of California at Berkeley (1998), his A.B. from Harvard College (1991). He has received fellowships and awards from the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the J. Paul Getty Trust, and the American Academy in Rome. His most recent books are Pindar, Song and Space: Toward a Lyric Archaeology, co-authored with Leslie Kurke of UC Berkeley (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019), winner of a 2019 PROSE award from the Association of American Publishers; an edited volume, Conditions of Visibility, (Oxford University Press, 2019); the second edition of Art and Archaeology of the Greek World: A New History, 2500–100 BCE (Thames & Hudson, 2018); and Davidson and His Interlocutors, a special issue of Critical Inquiry co-edited with Daniele Lorenzini (Winter 2019).  His next book, Painting as a Way of Life, is forthcomig from the University of Chicago Press.

Neer is a member of the international advisory board of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) and the National Committee for the History of Art.

MARGOT BROWNING

Associate Director
(773) 702-5657 | JRL S-118A
mb31@uchicago.edu

The Franke Institute is a site for invention in Humanities, an interdisciplinary crossroads for people, ideas, and disciplines to mix. Managing interdisciplinarity is an oxymoron, but we provide possible pathways (like the 'Big Problems' curriculum in the College). I'm at home in interdisciplinary Humanities - an M.A. from Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, my Ph.D. is in the History of Human Sciences (UChicago). I've taught in the Humanities Common Core as a Harper Instructor, and teach courses now on “Digital Cultures” and “Media Ecology.”

MAI VUKCEVICH

Assistant Director
(773) 834-4827 | JRL S-106
mav@uchicago.edu

Mai is the Assistant Director for both the Center for Disciplinary Innovation and the Franke Institute for the Humanities. She manages proposals, courses, and stipends for the Center for Disciplinary Innovation (CDI) while overseeing the internal programs, Mellon grant-related projects, and Institute publications for the Franke. You might work with Mai if you are proposing a course to the CDI, giving a Franke Forum lecture, or working on a Franke Mellon grant. Mai received her M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago and her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture from Scripps College. Mai studies Improv at the Revival and voice/guitar at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

BERTIE KIBREAH

Programming Coordinator
(773) 834-3103 | JRL S-119
bmkibrea@uchicago.edu

Bertie manages the regularly occurring programs at the Franke Institute as well as lectures and events. He is an ethnomusicologist (PhD, 2019, University of Chicago) whose interests include devotionalism in the performance of Bengali Muslim song traditions, the cultural economies of shrine circuits in Bangladesh, music and migration, music and gesture, music and film, the intersections of performance and text, and Sufi feminism. Bertie sings in a variety of languages and plays a variety of instruments from South Asia, and is trained on the tabla drum in the tradition of the Lucknow Gharana. He has been directing the South Asian Music Ensemble in the Department of Music since 2015.

RACHEL DREW

Public Affairs Specialist
(773) 702-5157 | 5720 S. Woodlawn Ave.
rdrew@uchicago.edu

Rachel has been the Institute's part-time web and graphic designer for 16 years. She graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in English. She is a Chicago native and a performing singer, songwriter, and guitarist.

HARRIETTE MOODY

Project Coordinator
(773) 702-8274 | JRL S-102
hmoody@uchicago.edu

With more than 25 years of experience in finance and an A.A. in Accounting, Harriette is responsible for the administrative and financial aspects of the Institute's operations.

Top row: Mai Vukcevich, Harriette Moody;
Bottom row: Margot Browning, Rachel Drew, Bertie Kibreah

QUICK CONTACTS

For Events Calendar:

please contact Bertie Kibreah

For Franke Fellowships:

please contact Margot Browning

For Franke Forum Lectures:
please contact Mai Vukcevich and Bertie Kibreah

For Every Wednesday Luncheon Series:
please contact Mai Vukcevich and Bertie Kibreah

For Center for Disciplinary Innovation:
please contact Mai Vukcevich

For Big Problems curriculum:
please contact Margot Browning

For Franke Event Grants:
please contact Harriette Moody and Margot Browning

For Franke conference room:
please contact Harriette Moody

For Franke Newsletter and Website:
please contact Rachel Drew

1100 East 57th Street, JRL S-102

Chicago, Illinois 60637

 

773-702-8274

franke-humanities@uchicago.edu

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