MHC Appoints New Directors to Three Centers

Posted: July 14, 2009

There will be new leadership in three key positions at the College this fall: the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts, the Center for the Environment, and the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives.

James Harold was appointed to a four-year term as the director of the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts as of July 1. An associate professor of philosophy, Harold has been at Mount Holyoke since 2002, specializing in aesthetics and ethics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and has published articles in American Philosophical Quarterly, the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Journal of Social Philosophy, Philosophical Explorations, and elsewhere.

"I'm thrilled to join the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts as it moves into its second decade," Harold said. "The center serves both to draw the campus together and to radiate it outwards, into classrooms and the larger world. It promotes innovation and leadership training in classrooms, and encourages students, teachers, and community members to argue thoughtfully about and engage deeply with contemporary social issues."

Timothy J. Farnham will become the Leslie and Sarah Miller Director of the Center for the Environment as of September 1. Most recently a tenured faculty member in the environmental studies department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Farnham is a graduate of Williams College and earned a Ph.D. from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 2002. His research has been focused on environmental values, the history of environmental thought, and biodiversity conservation. He is the author of Saving Nature's Legacy: Origins of the Idea of Biological Diversity (Yale University Press, 2007) and coeditor of The Good in Nature and Humanity: Connecting Science, Religion, and Spirituality with the Natural World (University of Chicago Press, 2002).

Farnham is not new to Mount Holyoke. He has spoken here in the past, and he is the son of Anthony Farnham, professor emeritus of English. 

As previously announced, professor of politics Kavita Khory has agreed to take over as interim director of the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives while Eva Paus takes a sabbatical leave. Khory is a 1984 graduate of Mount Holyoke and earned her master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. She is a specialist in international relations and comparative politics; her work ranges from analyzing political violence in South Asia to exploring forms and patterns of migration in global politics and questions of political identity and citizenship in multicultural societies.

"Please join me in welcoming Tim, James, and Kavita and in thanking them for agreeing to serve in these ways," Mount Holyoke president Joanne V. Creighton said." Thanks, too, to outgoing Weissman Center director Lois Brown for her extraordinary service these last four years and to Beth Hooker for her service as interim director of the Center for the Environment this past term."

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