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Humanities, arts, and social sciences digest for October 2010
Nobel laureate Peter A. Diamond, Institute Professor and Professor of Economics
Nobel laureate Peter A. Diamond, Institute Professor and Professor of Economics
Photo: Donna Coveney
Mary Fuller, professor of literature, recipient of the 2010 Levitan Award in the Humanities.
Mary Fuller, professor of literature, recipient of the 2010 Levitan Award in the Humanities.

Said and Done is the monthly publication of MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. For a photo-rich digest of current research, news, profiles and kudos, visit the complete October edition of Said and Done. A few highlights include:

Peter Diamond wins the Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences
Peter A. Diamond PhD '63, Institute Professor and professor of economics at MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences has won the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for 2010.
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Mary Fuller, Professor of Literature, receives the Levitan Prize in the Humanities
The $25,000 prize is awarded annually as a research fund to support innovative and creative scholarship in the humanities. In addition to the Levitan Prize, Fuller also recently received an NEH Fellowship.
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Alumni Baird and Saez win 2010 MacArthur "genius" grants
Two alumni of the School — linguist Jessie Little Doe Baird SM’00, and economist Emmanuel Saez PhD’99 — have been named 2010 MacArthur Fellows.
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Evan Ziporyn at Carnegie Hall
For Ziporyn, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music, the current season has emerged as an especially rich confluence of major musical events involving his works. Highlights include Boston and New York premieres of his opera, “A House in Bali;” an evening at Carnegie Hall; major international festivals, and the world premiere of "Tabla Concerto." In a video interview for Carnegie Hall's "Sound Insights" series, Ziporyn speaks about how Balinese music and culture has influenced his musical direction. A composer portrait of Ziporyn, spanning 20 years of work, will be presented by Carnegie Hall on October 30, 2010.
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Thomas Levenson appointed head of Writing and Humanistic Studies
"Tom’s extensive experience in documentary film-making and writing about science in both historical and contemporary contexts makes him a natural leader for this terrific program," said Dean Deborah Fitzgerald. "His boundless energy, imagination, and productivity inspire us all, and remind us of the deep connections between the many different forms of story-telling.”
Profile at Said and Done

Richard Locke appointed head of Political Science
Locke’s mission as the new head of Political Science is MIT’s mission: to bring knowledge to bear on the world’s great challenges. “I believe every single one of the units of MIT should be reinforcing that mission,” says Locke. “What, therefore, can Political Science do to tackle and address the world’s great challenges?”
Profile at Said and Done

James Paradis named interim director of Comparative Media Studies
“Jim is a first-rate scholar and crack administrator,” says Dean Deborah Fitzgerald, “as well as a splendid identifier of emerging directions in humanities scholarship and activity. For many years he has been cultivating new faculty who are on the cutting edge of their fields in writing and media. He will be an excellent Interim Head and wise counsel to students and colleagues alike.”
Profile at Said and Done

BSO begins two season cycle of symphonies of John Harbison

Beginning this month, and spanning two seasons, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will perform a complete cycle of Institute Professor John Harbison's symphonies—"an unprecedented opportunity,” says the BSO, “to experience these exciting contributions to the modern symphonic literature."
Interview at Said and Done

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