2017 Honors Convocation Keynote Speaker

Dean Heidi Bostic, College of Liberal Arts         

    A professor and scholar whose interests span French language and literature, the Enlightenment, feminist theory, and the liberal arts, Heidi Bostic is the author of “The Fiction of Enlightenment: Women of Reason in the French Eighteenth Century”(University of Delaware Press, 2010) as well as more than two dozen articles, chapters, and essays on such topics as friendship, gender, how women authors have engaged in philosophy through writing literature, the role of storytelling in shaping identity, translation, and academic leadership. She has also translated several books and articles from French to English. Her recent publications include “The Humanities Must Engage Global Grand Challenges” (The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2016). She is currently writing a book about bringing together STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and the humanities in order to address grand challenges. Under her leadership, the College of Liberal Arts has launched the Grand Challenges for the Liberal Arts Initiative, which underlines and promotes the crucial role of liberal arts disciplines in addressing grand challenges, or urgent, widely shared problems that call for large-scale, long-term, coordinated responses.

            Bostic, who holds a Ph.D. in foreign languages and literatures from Purdue University and a D.E.A. degree from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, is dean of the College of Liberal Arts and professor of French at the University of New Hampshire. Previously she taught at Baylor University (where she also served as inaugural director of Interdisciplinary Programs for the College of Arts and Sciences), Michigan Technological University, Concordia College (Minnesota), and Minnesota State University-Moorhead. As a Fulbright Scholar to Chile, she taught and conducted research at the Universidad de Talca in 2004. She currently serves as co-principal investigator on an $824,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to launch the New Hampshire Humanities Collaborative, an effort to promote the study of the humanities, support the transfer of community college students in the humanities to the university and develop a humanities curriculum focused on grand challenges.