KU selects new leader for Hall Center for the Humanities

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Richard Godbeer

The University of Kansas has selected a new leader for its Hall Center for the Humanities.

In a news release Thursday, KU announced the appointment of Richard Godbeer, who is currently a director of a similar center and a professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University. Godbeer is expected to take over the KU position July 1.

Godbeer will replace interim Hall Center director Marta Caminero-Santangelo, a KU English professor and director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. The last permanent director for the center was Victor Bailey, who retired in September 2017.

While at VCU, Godbeer served as the director for its Humanities Research Center since its launch in 2014.

He said he was excited to join the KU community.

“I look forward to continuing and expanding the Hall Center’s stellar record in supporting world-class humanities scholarship at KU,” Godbeer said, according to the news release. “The humanities have a crucial role to play as we head further into the 21st century, and KU’s Hall Center for the Humanities can lead the way.”

The Hall Center is a research center on KU’s campus focusing on the humanities, arts and social sciences. Along with his duties as director, Godbeer will also serve as the Charles W. Battey Distinguished Professor in the Department of History.


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