Robert L. Hess Scholar-in-Residence Program

The Robert L. Hess Scholar-in-Residence Program, established by Brooklyn College, is supported by the Robert L. Hess Fund. The program serves as a permanent tribute to the scholarly commitment of Robert L. Hess, exemplified during his tenure as president of Brooklyn College. It represents the ideal of the educated individual—knowledgeable, thoughtful, inquiring, alive to the shared purposes and concerns lining all intellectual pursuits. More particularly, it evokes the scholarly and academic virtues embodied in the curriculum at Brooklyn College.

The purpose of the program is to invite to the campus each year a distinguished individual representative of an academic discipline at the college, with the selection of such scholars being rotated through the disciplines. The distinction of the scholars in residence is based on their accomplishments and stature, not on their affiliation; they may be drawn from the academy, from the professions, or from public life. They must be able to speak to issues of their disciplines as well as significant issues of concern to the entire Brooklyn College community.

The scholar in residence engages in a variety of activities appropriate to the discipline, whether public lectures, performances, master classes, or guest lectures in undergraduate courses; participates in panels or symposia; and meets informally and socially with students, members of the faculty, alumni, and friends of Brooklyn College.

March 13-17, 2023: Hess Scholar-in-Residence Barbara Smith

Join us in a weeklong event with author, activist, and independent scholar Barbara Smith! She has played a groundbreaking role in opening up a national cultural and political dialogue about the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender. She has been defining African American women’s literary tradition and building Black women’s studies and Black feminism in the United States since the 1960s.

Ethiopian and African History Collection

The Brooklyn College Library has received the Ethiopian and African history collection from the library of Robert L. Hess. A portion of the Robert L. Hess Fund is set aside for the conservation and enhancement of this collection.

2022-2023 Robert L. Hess Scholar-in-Residence

The Wolfe Institute for the Humanities invites your nominations for the 2022–23 Robert L. Hess Scholar-in-Residence program. The strongest nominations will include a detailed letter—signed by multiple faculty in different departments—listing the nominee’s accomplishments and their appropriateness to speak to the Brooklyn College community.

Faculty, staff, and students may support multiple nominations. Note that nominees should not be contacted directly. To nominate a candidate to be the next Hess Scholar in Residence, submit a statement via e-mail explaining why that person would be the ideal Hess Scholar this year, along with a summary of his or her accomplishments and/or the nominee’s résumé or CV (pulled from the internet), by Monday, February 28, 2022.

Previous Robert L. Hess Scholars in Residence

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