Carolyn ‘Biddy’ Martin
Former Chancellor, UW-Madison (2008-2011)
Humanities in the Public Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 4:14pm Chazen Museum of Art, Elvehjem Building (L160)
In this talk, Carolyn “Biddy” Martin will discuss how aspects of the humanities have been viewed outside the university over the past couple of decades and reflect upon how it might be possible to communicate the value of humanities scholarship to a larger audience. Martin was appointed UW-Madison Chancellor in 2008, leaving Madison for UMass-Amherst in the summer of 2011. As provost at Cornell University from 2000-2008, Martin served as the president’s first deputy officer and reported to the president as Cornell’s chief educational officer and chief operating officer. She was responsible for overseeing all academic programs, with the exception of those programs reporting to the provost for medical affairs in New York City. Martin received her Ph.D. in German literature from UW-Madison in 1985. That same year, she joined Cornell’s faculty full time as an assistant professor of German studies and women’s studies. In 1991, she was promoted to associate professor in the Department of German Studies, with a joint appointment in the Women’s Studies Program. She served as chair of the Department of German Studies from 1994-1997, and in 1997 was promoted to full professor in the department. In 1996, she was named senior associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. Martin was appointed as provost at Cornell University effective July 1, 2000.