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Catherine Bryson Professor: Jean Howard

Dr. Jean Howard has been named to the Catherine Bryson Professorship, SAS Dean Samuel H. Preston has announced. Dr. Howard received her B.A. from Brown University in 1970, her M.Phil. from the University of London in 1972, and her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1975. She began her career at Syracuse University in 1975, where she received the first university-wide Wasserstrom Prize for excellence as a teacher and mentor of graduate students. A prestigious scholar, she has also received Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, Mellon, Folger, and Newberry Library fellowships. Before joining Penn's faculty this fall, Dr. Howard was a professor of English at Columbia University. She served as director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and president of the Shakespeare Association of America. Her teaching interests include Shakespeare, Tudor, and Stuart drama; early modern poetry; modern drama; feminist and Marxist theory; and the history of feminism.

She has published five books, including: Shakespeare's Art of Orchestration: Stage Technique and Audience Response; The Stage and Social Struggle in Early Modern England; and, with Dr. Phyllis Rackin of the Penn faculty, Engendering a Nation: A Feminist Account of Shakespeare's English Histories. She is the co-editor of The Norton Shakespeare and the general editor of the Bedford Contextual Editions of Shakespeare.

The Catherine Bryson Professorship was established by Natalie I. Koether, Esq., CW'61, L'65, a generous supporter of the School of Arts and Sciences. As a long-standing University Charter Trustee, founding member of the Trustees' Council of Penn Women, and chair emerita of the SAS Board of Overseers, Mrs. Koether is actively involved as a volunteer leader at Penn. She established this chair in 1989 to honor her high school English teacher, Catherine Bryson, ED'22, G'47. Miss Bryson was committed to the Aristotelian precept that knowledge is sufficient justification for learning. Mrs. Koether is counsel to the law firm of Rosenman and Colin and president of Pure World, Inc., one of the world's foremost manufacturers of botanical extracts.

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 11, November 6, 2001


November 6, 2001
Volume 48 Number 11

The Packard Foundation awards a fellowship to Dr. Max Tegmark of physics and astronomy.
Dr. Antonio Merlo is named director of the Penn Institute for Economic Research.
Dr. Jean Howard has been named the Catherine Bryson Professor.
Dr. Sheila Murnaghan has been named the Alfred Reginald Allen Memorial Professor in Greek.
A special section of Knowledge@Wharton, a Wharton web site, provides Survival Strategies for the Post -Attack Economy.
The University Council meets on Wednesday for the annual reports on the State of the University.
The Trustees approve resolutions and report on finances, facilities, external affairs, neighborhood initiatives, investments and more at their fall meetings.
The Code of Conduct for Penn Apparel Licensees is republished in accordance with its obligation for public accountability.
Respecting intellectual property rights is a responsibility taken seriously by Penn; allegations and infringements are investigated.
A Commitment to Our Community is the theme of the Penn's Way 2002 workplace charitable campaign which has a goal of raising $400,000.