Miriam Hansen, the Ferdinand Schevill Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities, Cinema and Media Studies, English Language and Literature, and the College, passed away on Saturday, February 5, after a long battle with cancer. Hansen made significant contributions to the study of American silent film and film theory and also founded the University’s Cinema and Media Studies program to transform students’ approach to the study of film.
“Miriam worked tirelessly to bring the Film Studies Center and the Cinema and Media Studies program from initial vision to national prominence. It’s hard to imagine that anyone else could care as passionately or attend as unremittingly to every detail of building a preeminent program,” said Elizabeth Helsinger, the John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor in English Language and Literature, Art History, and the College. “She also believed very strongly in the obligation to support students in every way: to engage them continuously in an intellectual and social community.”
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Miriam Hansen Fellowship Fund at the University of Chicago, 5801 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL 60637.
Update: The University of Chicago will hold a commemorative gathering to honor the life and accomplishments of Miriam Hansen on Monday, March 14, at 3:30, in the University’s Rockefeller Chapel.