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Wellbery and von Hallberg honored by American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The University of Chicago Chronicle reports that Robert von Hallberg, the Helen A. Regenstein Professor in Comparative Literature and the College, and David E. Wellbery, the LeRoy T. and Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson University Professor in Germanic Studies and Comparative Literature and on the Committee on Social Thought, are among nine University faculty members who have been elected 2009 American Academy of Arts and Sciences fellows. From the Chronicle article:

In the academy’s announcement, President of the Academy of Arts and Sciences Emilio Bizzi, said: “These remarkable men and women have made singular contributions to their fields, and to the world. By electing them as members, the academy honors them and their work, and they, in turn, honor us.” Fellows and foreign honorary members are nominated and elected by current members. A broad-based membership, which is composed of scholars and practitioners from mathematics, physics, biological sciences, social sciences, humanities and the arts, public affairs and business, gives the academy a unique capacity to conduct a wide range of interdisciplinary studies and public policy research.

Founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock and other scholar-patriots, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has elected as its members the finest minds and most influential leaders from each generation. The academy undertakes studies of complex and emerging problems, with projects that focus on science, technology and global security, as well as social policy and the humanities, culture and education.

The new class of fellows will be inducted at a ceremony Saturday, Oct. 10 at the academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.

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