Dear friends and colleagues:
It’s my very great pleasure to bring to your attention the election of ethnomusicologist Philip Bohlman, the Mary Werkman Distinguished Service Professor in Music, the Humanities and the College, to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2011 class of fellows. As many of you know, Phil works on a number of different topics and in many area studies, most prominently relating to issues of music and modernity, particularly Jewish music and the politics of religion and race in the music of the Middle East and South Asia. He has written extensively about the Eurovision Song Contest in Music, Nationalism, and the Making of a New Europe and other publications. He is also is artistic director of the New Budapest Orpheum Society, a Jewish cabaret ensemble at the University of Chicago.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is a highly elite honorary society and a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy studies of science and technology policy, global security, social policy and American institutions, the humanities, and education.
Phil joins department faculty members Philip Gossett, Anne Walters Robertson, and Shulamit Ran, who are also elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Please join me in congratulating Phil on this special honor!