ALUMNI CLASnotes Fall, 1999

 

French Professor's Bequest Will Endow Visiting Professorship in Humanities


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William Calin"UF is my home," says French professor William Calin, explaining why he recently made a large bequest to CLAS. "I wanted to show my commitment to this fine university."

Dr. Calin has been a graduate research professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures since 1988, when he was hired from among the scores of outstanding international scholars who applied for the prestigious post. "He publishes and lectures widely and with distinction, is a superb teacher, and an unusually engaged professional citizen within the University of Florida and beyond it," says Geraldine Nichols, romance literature and languages department chair.

Calin's bequest will endow the "William Calin Visiting Professorship," which will rotate yearly among the six disciplines closest to its benefactor's intellect and heart: French, German, religion, Spanish, history, and English. "Visiting professors have been a rarity in CLAS, and more's the pity, since they benefit their hosts in so many ways," says Nichols. "They bring new ideas and standpoints to students and colleagues, and they take away a new appreciation for their host departments and universities."

"It's always a good idea to bring in fresh minds, distinguished scholars from the outside who can invigorate and enrich us," agrees Calin. "I'm also interested in forging more interdisciplinary connections within the humanities, to bring the humanities together so to speak. I hope this will encourage others to make gifts of a similar nature."

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