A feast of ideas
The study of the humanities is fundamental to any world-class university. And, with the help of its key benefactors, McGill’s Faculty of Arts has over the course of its historic fundraising campaign drawn renowned scholars to its classrooms to explore two important lines of investigation.
Thanks to a $1.495-million gift from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Faculty established the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, an initiative that created 13 two-year postdoctoral fellowships, valued at $55,000 each. Among the most recent fellowship recipients is Charles Sharpe, whose research explores the interplay of American diplomacy with the Chinese, Soviet, British and Canadian governments in the establishment of the United Nations. In addition, the Korea Foundation donated $1 million to the Department of East Asian Studies for a new Professorship in Korean Studies. The transformative gift will enable the Department to promote teaching, research and scholarship related to this fast-developing nation, as well as nurture collaborations between the University and other key institutions to further develop the discipline in Quebec and Canada.
“It will cement McGill’s place at the forefront this vital area of study, enrich our overall East Asian Studies curriculum and provide our best and brightest students with new areas for study and research.” says Christopher Manfredi, Dean of the Faculty of Arts. The importance of the humanities as a whole – and the gifts that sustain their study – can’t be overstated, Manfredi adds. “They are central to the University’s responsibility to cultivate the knowledge that gives meaning and substance to our lives.”