The search is on for a scholar to fill the newly-approved Clement A. Price Chair in Public History and the Humanities at Rutgers-Newark.
The Rutgers University Board of Governors approved the creation of the chair on December 6th. It commemorates the late Dr. Clement A. Price, the lauded and beloved Rutgers-Newark history scholar and official Newark historian who passed away in November of 2014. The chair boasts a $3 million endowment, including $2 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
A program bearing Dr. Price’s name already exists at the university. The school renamed the Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience (IECME), for which Dr. Price was founding chair, to the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience to commemorate Dr. Price’s life and work after his passing. The institute was founded in 1997 and sponsors initiatives that facilitate public discussion on critical issues across the humanities disciplines at the local, national, and international levels.
With the late Giles Wright, Jr., Dr. Price also cofounded the annual Marion Thompson Wright (MTW) Lecture Series. Now entering its 37th year, the 2017 lecture to take place this coming February will discuss Black urban history since 1967.
Rutgers-Newark is searching for “a high-impact, senior scholar who will play multi-faceted roles as researcher, mentor, catalyst, and collaborator,” said Chancellor Nancy Cantor, according to a statement about the program. Describing the ideal candidate as a “public humanist,” she continued: “I can think of no more fitting and enduring tribute to our beloved Clem.”
Further, the scholar selected for the Price Chair will be expected to produce cross-disciplinary scholarship that informs the critical challenges that face communities like Newark, and help to mentor a new crop of scholars and civic leaders.
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