November 17, 2005
Vol. 25 No. 5

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    David Bevington, the Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Humanities and the College, has been elected a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. In addition, he has been invited to deliver the Academy’s annual Shakespeare Lecture in 2007.

    Bevington is the author of Shakespeare, which explains Shakespeare’s appeal through his ability to see the entire cycle of human life, as well as several other books on Tudor drama. He also has edited numerous publications of or relating to Shakespeare’s works.

    The National Black MBA Association has recognized the University’s Graduate School of Business as the outstanding educational institution of 2005 for its successful efforts encouraging African Americans to enter the field of business.

    In 1964, Chicago GSB created the first scholarship program for minorities attending business school and students at the school founded the first national organization of African-American business students, the National Black MBA Association, in 1972.

    Today the GSB continues as an innovator in helping minority students. It is the only top-tier business school with an office of diversity affairs that supports admissions recruiting, and provides individual academic support and career services programming for African Americans, Hispanic Americans and other minorities, said Edward Snyder, Dean of GSB and the George Pratt Shultz Professor of Economics in the GSB.

    “We are delighted to be recognized for our efforts at educating the next generation of African-American business leaders,” Snyder said.

    “Getting to the best approach in any business setting requires that you leverage the full range of knowledge, experience and insight,” he added. “So, at Chicago, diversity enriches both our community and our core mission. We know that each voice should be heard.”

    In addition to support from the school, the student-led African-American MBA Association provides interaction between students of African descent, corporations, the city of Chicago and the school community.

    Dennis Pardee, Professor in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, will deliver the prestigious Schweich Lectures organized by the British Academy for 2007.

    Pardee, an expert in Northwest Semitic languages, Ugaritic and Hebrew poetics, epistolography, and ritual has taught at the University since 1972, and earned his Ph.D. from Chicago in 1974.

    Top scholars in the field consider Pardee to be one of the world’s leading scholars of Ugaritic, a language of the late second millennium B.C.E. attested only in the kingdom of Ugarit.

    The Schweich Lectures, held triennially, are a series of three public lectures on subjects related to the archaeology, art, history, languages and literature of ancient civilizations with reference to biblical study.