Sara Berry Named New Chair of The Academy

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Dr. Sara Berry, professor emeritus of history, has been named the new chair of The Academy. The chair typically serves a two-year term. Berry, who joined the Hopkins faculty in 1990, was a member of the Academy’s inaugural class.

“During its first two years, the Academy has provided a congenial space for retirees from across the arts and sciences to get to know one another and learn more about our respective fields of research,” says Berry. “We hope to continue that tradition in 2014–15, and also continue to sponsor occasional symposia bringing scholars from outside the university to share their expertise with the Hopkins community.”

The first such event this year is a symposium organized by Professor Richard Kagan on the life and work of the famous Spanish painter, El Greco, to be held on Friday, October 24.

Initially trained in economics, Berry has specialized in using micro-historical research to promote interdisciplinary analysis of social and economic transformations, and to bring comparative and historical perspectives to bear on understanding contemporary African political economies. She holds a BA in history from Radcliffe College and a PhD in economics from the University of Michigan.