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Glossberg Chair: Joseph Farrell
November 6, 2007, Volume 54, No. 11



Dr. Joseph Farrell has been appointed to the Joseph B. Glossberg Term Chair in the Humanities, SAS Dean Rebecca Bushnell announced. Dr. Farrell is a professor of classical studies who specializes in Latin literature and Roman culture, focusing on Augustan poetry. His books include Latin Language and Latin Culture from Ancient to Modern Times,Vergil’s Georgics and the Traditions of Ancient Epic: The Art of Illusion in Literary History. He is currently writing a book with the working title Juno’s Aeneid: Narrativity, Metapoetics, Dissent.

Dr. Farrell has been part of the Penn faculty for over two decades. He served as associate dean for arts and letters in the School of Arts and Sciences from 2003 to 2006 and as associate dean for graduate studies from 1999 to 2002. He has also chaired the undergraduate program in comparative literature and was director of the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classical Studies. Previously, Dr. Farrell was the holder of an Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Endowed Term Chair.

The Glossberg Chair was established in the late 1980s with gifts from Joseph B. Glossberg and Burton X. Rosenberg, both of whom earned undergraduate degrees in economics at Penn in 1963. Mr. Glossberg, a Library Overseer, is senior managing director of Gofen & Glossberg Inc., a firm of investment counselors in Chicago. He is a former Penn trustee who served as the 25th reunion gifts chair for the Class of 1963 and funded a scholarship for students in the College. Mr. Rosenberg, a partner in the Chicago law firm Seyfarth Shaw, has also given generously to the School over the years. He and his wife, Sheli Rosenberg, have recently funded the Sheli Z. and Burton X. Rosenberg Professorship in SAS. After a career in business, Mrs. Rosenberg is now co-founder and president of the new Center for Executive Women at the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School at Northwestern University.

Almanac - November 6, 2007, Volume 54, No. 11