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Congratualtions to Brent Hayes Edwards, who has won the 2019 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in Memory of Newton Arvin for his book, Epistrophies: Jazz and the Literary Imagination, released by Harvard University Press in 2017.
Congratulations to our esteemed colleague, Saidiya Hartman, who has been named a 2019 MacArthur Fellow for her outstanding work "tracing the afterlife of slavery in modern American life and rescuing from oblivion stories of sparsely documented lives that have been systematically excluded from historical archives."
The Committee on Global Thought welcomes two new faculty members, Nikhar Gaikwad and Joseph Slaughter.