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To: Colleagues

From: Bonnie Thornton Dill, Dean

Date: January 30, 2018

Re: 2018 Leadership Appointments

I am pleased to announce the following leadership appointments within the College of Arts and Humanities:

Samuel J. Kerstein is serving as as chair of the Department of Philosophy, effective January 1, 2018.

Samuel Kerstein’s research focuses on the moral philosophy of the German philosopher Immanuel Kant as well as normative ethics and bioethics. Several of his current projects stem from his book “How to Treat Persons” (Oxford University Press, 2013),  which explores the relevance of Kant’s thought to modern medical ethics and addresses issues in practical healthcare and policy making. He is currently developing a Kantian conception of the dignity of persons and exploring its implications for issues in bioethics, including the fair distribution of scarce, life-saving resources and moral constraints on medical research. He earned his doctorate in philosophy at Columbia University.

Anthony Colantuono is serving as interim chair of the Department of Art History and Archaeology, effective January 1, 2018, while Meredith J. Gill is on sabbatical.

Anthony Colantuono’s research examines issues of interpretation, criticism and theory in painting and sculpture, with a focus on the role of visual symbolism in literature and painting. His most recent book is a co-edited volume of essays, “Critical Perspectives on Roman Baroque Sculpture” (Penn State University Press, 2014). He is currently working on a study of the medieval and early modern iconographical advisors who counseled artists on how to depict complex narratives and symbols in their work. Additional projects include an English translation of Italian sculptor Orfeo Boselli's 17th-century treatise and a study of the relationships between baroque painting and modern film. He earned his doctorate in the history of art from Johns Hopkins University.

Please join me in congratulating our new leaders in the College of Arts and Humanities. I also offer my warm thanks and appreciation to Christopher Morris, who served as chair of the philosophy department for 5 1/2 years.