Welcoming Matteo Ricci Institute to the College of Arts and Sciences

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
July 19, 2018

Matteo Ricci Institute, formerly Matteo Ricci College, joined the College of Arts and Sciences on July 1.

Dr. Paulette KidderDr. Paulette Kidder and Dr. Dan Washburn – appointed inaugural Director and Associate Director, respectively – will lead Matteo Ricci Institute.

Dr. Kidder, who served as Interim Dean of MRC since 2016, expressed enthusiasm for taking on this role, "It's an honor to be selected as the first director of the Matteo Ricci Institute. The Matteo Ricci community is a vibrant group committed to inclusive humanities education and community engagement, and I am proud to continue to be a part of it."

Faculty, staff and students have been working on improvements to the program since the Matteo Ricci Coalition sit-ins in 2016. Their work, and that of the Matteo Ricci Task Force, informed and shaped change, while maintaining Matteo Ricci Institute’s strong foundation in the humanities and interdisciplinary scholarship.

Dr. Washburn teaching a class

The Matteo Ricci Institute will continue to serve students through its degrees in Humanities, Humanities for Teaching, and Humanities for Leadership.

”These programs are a great fit with the humanities and broader liberal arts programs in the College of Arts and Sciences,” said Dean David V. Powers, PhD, “”and we are happy to have the faculty, staff and students of the Matteo Ricci Institute joining our academic community.