Director, Center for the Arts and Humanities
Associate Professor and Chair of Spanish
Dean Allbritton is an Associate Professor of Spanish, teaching courses on Spanish cinema, culture, and gender and sexuality. His work analyzes representations of illness and health in contemporary Spanish culture as political metaphors of national wellbeing. His current book project, Feeling Sick: The Early Years of AIDS in Spain, explores the cultural history of HIV/AIDS in Spain through visual culture and ephemera of the time and is forthcoming from Liverpool University Press. He has published articles in The Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Revista de estudios hispánicos, and Hispanic Research Journal, among others.
Assistant Director, Center for the Arts and Humanities
Megan Fossa joined the Center for the Arts and Humanities in 2014 and serves as the Assistant Director. Megan is responsible for providing strategic direction and operational support for the Center, and coordinates and supports all faculty programs and courses that are associated with the Annual Humanities Theme. She is responsible for pre-event planning, on-site execution, and post-event follow-up for social, co-curricular, and community programs. Megan also processes finances, and supervises the student advisory board, along with student interns.
Megan received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Marketing / Public Relations at Thomas College, and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
Special Assistant to the Provost for Humanities Initiatives
Julian D. Taylor Professor of Classics
Kerill O’Neill is the former Director of the Center. His research interests range from love magic in Latin poetry to religious cult in Bronze Age archaeology. As Humanities Division Chair (2008-2012), Kerill chaired the committee that developed a successful proposal to the Mellon Foundation for the establishment of the Center for the Arts and Humanities in 2013. Kerill promotes a vision of the arts and humanities that is heavily student-focused, sharing the value of the humanistic disciplines as a rich, rigorous, intellectual pursuit but also as an excellent preparation for successful careers in a rapidly changing world.
Program Coordinator, Environmental Humanities
Ayla Fudala has served as the Environmental Humanities Program Coordinator since February 2019. She works closely with the EH Student Advisory Board to produce editions of FAUNA Environmental Humanities Literary and Art Magazin and helped to plan and run the Inaugural Colby Summer Institute in the Environmental Humanities.
She holds a Master’s in Environmental Culture and Communication from the University of Glasgow, and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies and English from the University of Pennsylvania.
Student Advisory Board
Students play a key role in shaping the programming and vision of the center, and the student advisory board (SAB) serves as a representative voice, a promotional agent, and an important liaison between the student body and the center. Current members of SAB include:
Faculty Coordinating Committee
- Dean Allbritton, Spanish
- James Barrett, Classics
- Valérie Dionne, French & Italian
- Sarah Duff, History
- Gary Green, Art
- Lareese M. Hall, Libraries
- Lydia Moland, Philosophy
- Elena Monastireva-Ansdel, German & Russian
- Laura Saltz, American Studies
- Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh, Religious Studies
- Mo Shabangu, Creative Writing and English
- Gwyneth Shanks, Theater and Dance
- Jacqueline Terrassa, Museum of Art
- Natalie Zelensky, Music
- Hong Zhang, East Asian Studies
2020-21 Humanities Theme Co-Sponsors
- A.B. Brown, Theater and Dance
- Audrey Brunetaux, French and Italian