posted on 24 Aug 2012 16:57 by Elena Pinto Simon
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Welcome to my new blog. I hope to give you some sense of life behind-the-scenes at the BGC as we start the new academic year.

“It is only in the world of objects that we have time and space and selves.”
T.S. Eliot
Leave it to a poet to understand the way into making sense of the material world. Eliot’s words offer a useful insight into what the work of the BGC can offer: we look at things, and then draw from them the world.
Today is the last day of the first week of Orientation for the entering class. And so, we are poised to start again, and each time, I think we are closer, nearer, clearer in articulating where we hope to go.
We have a very full and exciting semester planned ahead. And, as always, it will be the surprises that will take us in new directions. BGC faculty have four large grants and projects on their plates: our first Mellon grant will see Dean Peter Miller lead the faculty in the development of a long-standing interest: conservation issues that surround the wide range of material objects we study. Prof. Aaron Glass and his team will explore, via an NEH grant, an annotated edition of an early Boaz text. Our American area gets a strong infusion from the Horowitz Foundation with a grant over four years which will strengthen our presence in the field of American material culture, and Prof. David Jaffee has received news of a second NEH grant to host an institute for college teachers here next summer on Visualizing New York. A lot of exciting new projects ahead…