Philosopher to Head NEH


William D. “Bro” Adams, a philosopher who taught at Santa Clara University, UNC Chapel Hill, and Stanford, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become the 10th Chairman for the National Endowment of the Humanities. Here is some background about him:

Adams earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy at Colorado College and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Cruz History of Consciousness Program. He studied in France as a Fulbright Scholar before beginning his career in higher education with appointments to teach political philosophy at Santa Clara University in California and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He went on to coordinate the Great Works in Western Culture program at Stanford University and to serve as vice president and Secretary of Wesleyan University. He became president of Bucknell University in 1995 and president of Colby College in 2000.

The rest of the story is here. (via the APA)

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Stuart MacDougall
Stuart MacDougall
6 years ago

Yes, this is all great, but shouldn’t he drop the name “Bro” in his capacity as president, so as to not give the impression that he tacitly endorses the ‘boys-club’ mentality that is already problematically pervasive in the humanities?Report

Who Is It
Who Is It
Reply to  Stuart MacDougall
6 years ago

I have no idea if the comment above is a joke or not. Damn you, academia.Report

HappyPhilosopher
HappyPhilosopher
Reply to  Stuart MacDougall
6 years ago

Dear god I hope this is a joke.Report