On Tuesday, March 29th, Douglas Wartzok, Provost and Executive Vice-President of Florida International University, gave his formal approval to the application by the Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment and forwarded it to the Board of Governors of the State University System. This marks the culmination of eleven months work by numerous individuals in the College of Arts and Sciences and across the University to bring the Center into existence. The efforts of Deans Kenneth Furton, Nicol Rae, and Gisela Casines and of Michael Heithaus, Director of the School of Environment, Arts, and Society were instrumental in the successful completion of the application process. Their endeavors were strongly supported by the President, the Provost, and the members of the staffs. Without the help of so many in the FIU community, this project would not have come to fruition.
The Center has already sponsored a highly successful series of lectures on the topic Why the Humanities Are Important, and we look forward to continuing and expanding our explorations of the inter-related experiences with the humanities on campus and in the South Florida community.