Word and Image: An Introduction to Early Medieval
Art, by associate professor of art William
Diebold, was released in a paperback edition by Westview Press.
Herbert L. Kessler, art history professor at Johns Hopkins University,
wrote that The book is original in concept and offers brilliant
new observations on many important issues. Eschewing the usual history
of style approach, Diebold writes a history of one of the central problems
that theologians and painters had to deal with from c. 600 to c. 1150,
and he tracks the evolution of responses in a well argued and historically
grounded fashion. The book will surely be used by teachers of medieval
art; but it will also be read by everyone concerned with the field.
In the book Diebold describes the diversity and complexity of early medieval
art by examining the relationship of word and image and discusses the
function of (and audience for) medieval art. He also outlines the role
of artists and patrons in medieval society and explains arts institutional
and social status.
Hare, associate professor of economics, spent four months last
semester in Vietnam on a Fulbright research fellowship. She was based
in Hanoi and traveled to do her fieldworkto the northern mountainous region,
the Red River delta, the north central coast, and the Mekong River delta.
There she studied the process of implementing Vietnams 1993 Land
Law, which entitles farmers to long-term use rights of their agricultural
and forestry land and specifies that the rights are transferable. Hare
was also interested in any subsequent use rights markets (for sale, lease,
or mortgage) that had evolved. She found that while many farmers have
their certificates of use rights, very few use them to engage in formal
exchanges. Hare was also able to compare Vietnams system of land
management to that of China; she says that in Vietnam she was able to
observe a more privatized system in practice. In preparation for the trip
to Vietnam, Hare conducted quantitative data analysis last summer with
economics senior James Chavez, whose work was funded by a Levine Fund
Schiff, R.P. Wollenberg Professor of Music, has been added
to the latest edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
After a biographical sketch, the entry records that Perhaps his
most successful work has been the opera Gimpel the Fool, with a Yiddish
libretto by Isaac Bashevis Singer. . . . Gimpel is eclectic and written
with a shrewd grasp of language and theatre; it also draws upon the kaleidoscopic
variety of the Jewish musical heritage. He is described as a provocative
music critic and cultural commentator. Schiff also appearsin the
book as author of the entries on Elliott Carter and Leonard Bernstein.
Wasserstrom, Moe and Izetta Tonkon Professor of Judaic Studies
and the Humanities, recently spoke at two important conferences in Israel.
Wasserstrom, was on leave working at the Institute for Advanced Studies
at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, was a key speaker at a symposium
at the University of Haifa, discussing Fascism and the Study of
Religion: The Eliade Controversy in Historical Perspective. Wasserstrom,
who is editing some of Eliades controversial papers released by
the University of Chicago, also spoke this spring at a symposium devoted
to Politics, Ethics, and Method in the Study of Religion,
sponsored by the Israeli Association for the Study of Religion and Haifa
University. Wasserstrom worked on three major projects during the year:
finishing a collection of essays, now under consideration by the U. of
Chicago Press; editing a posthumous monograph by Marilyn R. Waldman for
Cambridge U. Press; and his major scholarly project, researching Jewish-Muslim
intellectual relations in the12th and 13th centuries.