The Myron Marty Lectureship in the Arts + Humanities


The Annual Myron Marty Lectureship in the Arts + Humanities

The Center for the Humanities, in collaboration with the Departments of Art and Design, Music, and Theatre Arts, invite Nominations for the Myron “Mike” Marty Arts and Humanities Lectureship, supported by the Ralph and Sylvia Green Foundation. Nominations may be made for an individual or a group of practitioners/scholars working together.

The Lectureship offers a $5,000 award, inclusive of meals, travel and accommodation, to an established practitioner, or a collaborative team/troupe of practitioners of the interdisciplinary fine or performing arts and humanities from outside Drake. The individual(s) invited to accept this lectureship will spend up to five days at Drake during the following academic year, interacting with students and faculty, leading workshops or other interactive learning activities, and delivering a public lecture/performance.

Letters of nomination from Drake faculty should be sent to by April 1, and should provide the following information:

  • The name, institutional affiliation, and contact information of the nominee.
  • A brief (1-page maximum) overview of the nominees work in the fields of the fine and performing arts, humanities, and/or social sciences, with emphasis on the way his/her work integrates approaches or topics from more than one of these fields.
  • An explanation of how the nominee’s visit would advance the integrative study of the arts and humanities at Drake.
  • When available, links to online materials, such as images, work samples, reviews and other press, and the like.
  • Where applicable, disclosure of any prior or current connection the nominator has to the nominee.


The following criteria will guide the Select Committee on the Arts + Humanities in their deliberations:

  • The degree to which the nominees’ work engages across arts and humanities disciplines.
  • The relevance of nominees’ work to teaching, research, and creative activity currently represented at Drake.
  • The nominees’ expertise, accomplishments, and reputation.
  • Performances, workshops, lectures, demonstrations, or other activities the nominee(s) would be suited to engage in while at Drake.

Nominations will be reviewed by a select committee, including the Board of Directors of the Center and members of the fine and performing arts faculty, and will be held in confidence. Shortlisted nominees will be contacted by the Director of the Center before the final selection is made. To avoid miscommunication, nominators are strongly discouraged from discussing their nomination with their proposed nominee.

About Mike Marty

Myron “Mike” Marty served as Drake’s Dean of Liberal Arts from 1984-1986, when he oversaw the integration of the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Fine Arts. He continued to serve as Dean of the newly formed College of Arts and Sciences until 1994, at which time he joined the Department of History as the Ann G. and Sigurd E. Anderson University Professor, a distinction he still holds. He continued to teach and write until his retirement in 2002. In addition to uniting the Fine and Liberal Arts into a single College, Marty was instrumental in the founding and chartering the Humanities Center and the Friends of Drake Arts. Because of his dedication to sustaining Arts and Humanities scholarship and programming at Drake, The Ralph and Sylvia Green Foundation has named the Center’s Arts and Humanities Lectureship in his honor.

The Spring 2017 Marty Lecture

Dr. Tiffany Stern and Dr. Daniel Grimley are the joint recipients of the Myron Marty Lecturership in the Arts and Humanities for 2017. Dr. Stern is Professor of Early Modern Drama at Oxford University, where she serves as the Beaverbrook and Bouverie Tutorial Fellow in English at University College. Dr. Grimley is Professor of Music at Oxford University, with appointments as Fellow and Tutor at Merton College, and Lecturer at University College.

Drs. Stern and Grimley will collaborate and present the annual Marty Lecture on Wednesday evening, April 12th.

Dr. Stern is one of the world’s leading experts on the performance history of Shakespeare’s plays, and also specializes in the works of Ben Jonson, Richard Sheridan, and Thomas Nashe, among other seventeenth- and eighteenth-century playwrights and editors. She won both the Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year Award and the David Bevington Award for Best New Book in Early Drama Studies for two years running (2009 and 2010), serves as general editor for both Arden Shakespeare and the New Mermaids play series, and works on the editorial boards for multiple publications (including encyclopedias, journals, and the RSC Shakespeare series). Her scholarship effortlessly melds the disciplines of literature, history, and performance. Drawing upon documentary evidence, primary source materials, and literary analysis, she explains and illuminates the theatrical world of early modern England as a cultural phenomenon, not a purely literary or performative one, and brilliantly bridges studies in both the humanities and fine arts.

Dr. Grimley is a musicologist who specializes in the relationship between music, landscape, and cultural geography, particularly focusing on composers and sites from Scandinavia and England. He has written and presented extensively on music by the composers Edvard Grieg, Carl Nielsen—having completed a monograph for each—Jean Sibelius, Frederick Delius, Edward Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Much of his work focuses on ways in which landscape functions as both a mode of representation (that is, what are the musical signs and sounds that are associated with various geographical phenomena) and as a mode of performance that considers how our own physical surroundings—or perceptions of other types of geography, seen and unseen—affect our response to sound. He is currently Principal Investigator for the interdisciplinary Leverhulme Network “Hearing Music Critically,” and also serves as associate editor for The Musical Quarterly.

In addition to presenting on the evening of April 12th, Drs. Stern and Grimley will also speak to classes and offer workshops at Drake and in the broader Des Moines community, between April 10th and 12th as part of their lectureship.

Further details regarding Stern and Grimley’s time at Drake will be forthcoming. However, faculty planning to teach spring courses that intersect with their endeavors, and who would like for students to have the chance to interact with these esteemed scholars, should email the Center Director at

Past Marty Lecureships

Mazz Swift (violinist, activist, cultural ambassador, Brooklyn, NY), “An Evening with Mazz Swift,” Spring 2016

Mark Franz (Ohio University, Graphic Design), “Form, Content, Behavior,” Spring 2015

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