On July 7, 2009, President Obama announced his intent to nominate two new members to the National Council on the Humanities. The vacant seats were previously held by Celeste Colgan (for a six-year term beginning 7/31/2003) and Manfredi Piccolomini (for a six-year term beginning 8/16/2006). The most recent nominees are Rolena Adorno and Marvin Krislov.
The biographies below were included in yesterday’s press release from the White House.
Rolena Adorno is the Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Yale University, where she focuses her study and teachings on Colonial Spanish American literature and history, manuscript culture and textual transmission in colonial Spanish America, and the nineteenth-century origins of Hispanism in the United States. Her most recent published books include The Polemics of Possession in Spanish American Narrative and De Guancane a Macondo: estudios de literatura hispanoamericana. She has also been the recipient of numerous awards for her works in the humanities, including the Graduate Mentor Award of the Graduate School of Yale University and a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Iowa, her alma mater. She has held fellowships from the National Endowment of the Humanities and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and is an Honorary Associate of the Hispanic Society of America and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Marvin Krislov has served as the President of Oberlin College since July 2007. Prior to that, he spent nine years at the University of Michigan as the Vice President and General Counsel. In addition, he served as an adjunct professor during his time at Michigan, teaching two undergraduate courses: a seminar in the university’s law school and a course in its Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy Summer Program. He has also served on various academic boards within the university and was a co-chair of the Univeristy’s Initiative on Ethics in Public Life. Mr. Krislov has also served as Deputy Solicitor for National Operations at the U.S. Department of Labor and an Associate Counsel to the President in the White House Counsel’s Office. He is a graduate of Yale University and a Rhodes Scholar. He was awarded a master’s degree from Oxford and his Juris Doctor from Yale.
The Council is a board of private citizens that meet quarterly to advise the Chairman of the National Endowment of the Humanities on grant awards. Council nominations are subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate. A current list of council members is available here.