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Richard Neer

(773) 702-8274, JRL S-101

Richard Neer is Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Distinguished Service Professor of Art History, Cinema & 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 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, Pindar, Song and Space: Toward a Lyric Archaeology, co-authored with Leslie Kurke of UC Berkeley, is forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press in 2019.  An edited volume, Conditions of Visibility, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2019 as well.

Starting in 2019 he will be Director of the Franke Institute for the Humanities at the University of Chicago.

Margot BrowningMargot Browning
Associate Director
(773) 702-5657, JRL S-118A

"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 MA from Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, my Ph.D. is in the History of Human Sciences. I've taught in the Humanities Common Core as a Harper Instructor, and teach courses now on 'Codes, Cultures and Media,' and 'Human Intelligences: Animal to AI.'"

Mai VukcevichMai Vukcevich
Assistant Director
(773) 834-4827, JRL S-116

Mai is the Assistant Director for both the Center for Disciplinary Innovation and the Franke Institute for the Humanities. She manages programming, courses, and visitors for the Center for Disciplinary Innovation while overseeing the internal programs, collaborations with partner organizations, and Institute publications for the Franke. Mai received her M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago in 2002 and her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture from Scripps College in 2001. She has worked at the Institute since 2002. In her spare time, she plays drums and trains for triathlons.

Bertie KibreahBertie Kibreah
Programming Coordinator
(773) 834-3103, JRL S-119

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.

Rachel has been the Institute's part-time web and graphic designer for 15 years. She began her career in design 20 years ago at ABN AMRO after graduating from Oberlin College with a B.A. in English. She is a Chicago native, a mother of two, and a performing songwriter.

Harriette MoodyHarriette Moody
Project Coordinator
(773) 702-8274, JRL S-102

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. One of her greatest pleasures is being a "Nana," reading, singing and laughing with her granddaughter. Her hobbies are reading a good book and relaxing with a cold drink.

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