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Rick Livingston

Paul ReitterDirector Paul Reitter




Associate Director

Rick Livingston



Paul Reitter is professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures.  His work has appeared in an array of venues, from Jewish Social Studies and American Imago to Harper's Magazine, Bookforum, The Paris Review, The Nation and The Times Literary Supplement, to which he is a regular contributor.  Reitter is the author of Bambi’s Jewish Roots: Essays on German-Jewish Culture (2015), On the Origins of Jewish Self Hatred (2012), and The Anti-Journalist: Karl Kraus and Jewish Self-Fashioning in Fin-de-Siècle Europe (2008). He recently collaborated with Jonathan Franzen on The Kraus Project, a widely discussed volume of translations and commentary.

Rick Livingston, senior lecturer, Ohio State's Department of Comparative Studies, has been with the Humanities Institute since its founding. He has research interests in environmental citizenship and ecocriticism, postcolonial and world literature, globalization studies, and literary and cultural theory.  Livingston teaches courses in world literature and culture, nature and technology. Livingston is a member of Ohio State's AWASH Focus Group (Animal Worlds in the Arts, Sciences and Humanities), in the Center for Ethics and Human Values, and he is currently working on project BioPresence: Bringing (Other) Animals into the Framework with an Ohio State Framework award. He serves on the board of the Ohio Humanities Council and on the steering committee of the Humanities Without Walls consortium. He is also actively involved in Ohio State's Second-Year Transformational Experience Program (STEP).

The Humanities Institute's double mission:    

To facilitate emergent research collaborations between humanities faculty and others across the university, and to enable the humanities to act as a significant bridge to the University and the city of Columbus as well as the broader public culture.

The Institute seeks to be an active community forum for exchange among scholars and citizens and a place where the University can think creatively about what it does.

Founded in 1997, the Humanities Institute has been underwritten by the College of Arts and Sciences, by an Academic Enrichment award from the Office of Academic Affairs, by generous special allocations from the Ohio General Assembly's Urban University Program, and by project grants and philanthropic gifts.

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