Karla Mallette steps down as CES interim director


By Natasa Alajbegovic
Jul 02, 2012

Karla Mallette

Karla Mallette

Karla Mallette, associate professor of Italian and Near Eastern studies, is concluding her term as the interim director of CES, a role that she held for the 2011-12 academic year. Karla served during a challenging year for CES, in which the center began a new era after losing funding from the European Commission and its designation as a European Center of Excellence. Despite these challenges, under her direction CES continued its vibrant Conversations on Europe lecture series; started the “Eyes on Europe” blog where campus experts comment on events in Europe; continued offering funding for undergraduate and graduate students for summer projects; and expanded its curricular offering with the graduate certificate in European and European Union Studies.

Prof. Mallette leaves her position at CES to be the 2012-13 U-M Institute for Humanities Helmet F. Stern Fellow. During her fellowship, she will work on a project studying the literary lingua francas of the pre-modern Mediterranean for perspective on language as a marker of geographical and historical identity, and on the capacity of certain languages to transcend geo-historical specificity. 

We sincerely thank Karla for her leadership and wish her continued success.