We are excited to announce that Dr. Danielle Endres, Associate Professor in Communication, and Professor Jerry Root, Associate Professor in Languages & Literature, were awarded the 2016-17 Honors Humanities Professorships. A partnership between the College of Humanities and the Honors College, the Honors/Humanities-initiative calls for “professors who are challenging yet nurturing and who are committed to translating the classroom into a socially engaged platform that addresses major contemporary issues.
Dr. Danielle Endres's proposal, titled, "The Utes Nickname: Rhetorical Dynamics of the University of Utah's Use of Native American Symbols," focuses on the history of mascots, the specific history of the "Utes" moniker at the University of Utah, and the continuing issues associated with the use of the Utes as the University's officially designated nickname.
The research project Professor Jerry Root proposed focuses on the dialog between medieval images and texts, touching broadly on the theory of vision in the Middle Ages with a more specific application to individual literary and pictorial representations where vision plays an important role. The theorization would consist of an overview of scientific understanding of seeing and of image-objects, of theological commentary on the role of images and art, of literary metacommentary on the role of vision and images.
We are very impressed with their achievement and congratulate them both!