Internationally renowned choreographer and artistic director Bill T. Jones will receive the 2016 International Humanities Medal on September 29. Granted biennially, the medal honors the lifetime work of a person who has made a significant and sustained contribution to the world of letters or the arts.

Navigating seven languages and myriad cultures on nearly every continent, sociologist Manuela Boatcă has an expansive research focus: inequality on a global scale. The mainstream analysis of social inequalities, she says, relies on an overgeneralization of the Western European historical experience and on the erasure of all others.

German film scholar Jennifer Kapczynski finds a reflection of West Germany's postwar project of democratization in the films of the era, such as Der 20. Juli. Her book-in-progress, "The Subject of Democracy: 1950s West Germany and the Politics of Film," explores the state's evolving ideologies..

Seasonal flooding in China's urban areas along its waterways, such as this 2013 flood in Sichuan Province, is an ancient expectation. China scholar Steven Miles tracks the impact of cyclical events such as wet-season floods and dry-season fires on urban dwellers of the 19th century.


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September 29, 2016