J. Hoberman named Gelb Professor in the Humanities
October 04, 2011
The Cooper Union is pleased to announce that for academic years 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 Professor J. Hoberman will be the first Gelb Professor in the Humanities at the Cooper Union. Through a deeply appreciated gift, alumnus Morris Gelb (CHE'67) and his wife Amanda have chosen to support humanities teaching. Their generosity allows us to recognize not only an outstanding teacher but a writer and critic who has been part of the Cooper Union Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences for two decades.A distinguished film critic for the Village Voice, Jim is the author of numerous books on film history — including Vulgar Modernism, Home Made Movies, Midnight Movies (coauthored with Jonathan Rosenbaum), and Bridge of Light: Yiddish Film Between Two Worlds, which will be reissued in an expanded edition by Temple University Press later in 2010. Jim’s courses in film history have introduced two decades of Cooper Union students to the masterpieces of American, European and world cinema, from the silent era to the present.The Gelb Professorship gives us a way to acknowledge Jim’s excellence as well as the importance of film studies within the humanities, and the humanities as a vital component of a Cooper Union education.