At the beginning of this winter 2019 semester, IC is welcoming a new co-director in Prof. Marc Yamada (Comparative Arts & Letters). Prof. Yamada will replace IC Interim co-director Greg Stallings who has been invaluable in filling in at IC since the departure Prof. Daryl Lee in summer 2018 after he was named chair of the Department of French and Italian. We thank Prof. Stallings for his dedicated and energetic service over the past semester. His previous experience as IC co-director (2008-2011) allowed him to hit the ground running and he was an important part of planning all of the 50thanniversary celebrations as well as putting together the fall and winter schedules. His dedication, insights, and understated wit will be missed—although his office number is still on speed dial.
While sad to see Prof. Stallings leave the IC directorship, we enthusiastically welcome Prof. Yamada who is no stranger to us. Prof. Yamada regularly teaches media studies courses including courses on Japanese cinema and animé in the Interdisciplinary Humanities program and he is a regular lecturer at IC. During the fall semester, he was already generously assisting with the curatorship of the winter schedule. We look forward to the perspective and knowledge that he will bring to the program.