Mass Humanities has re-elected Salem State professor Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello to a second three-year term on the Board of Directors.
Duclos-Orsello is currently a professor and chair of the department of interdisciplinary studies, the coordinator of American studies, and an affiliated faculty with the Center for Economic Development and Sustainability at Salem State.
“In my nearly twenty years of collaborating with and supporting Mass Humanities, I’ve been inspired and energized by the ways in which the organization blends my two passions: the wisdom and insights offered by the humanities and an imperative to act in the public sphere for social justice,” Duclos-Orsello said. “It is an honor to have been re-elected to the board because it is an honor to be able to serve the organization, and through it, to work alongside so many in the Commonwealth who seek a better future for us all.”
Among other accomplishments, Duclos-Orsello was the founding university fellow for service-learning and has led university initiatives related to civic engagement, strategic planning, general education and global studies. Her scholarly work relates to the intersections of gender, ethnicity, immigration, religion, place-making and the cultural construction of community.
A two-time Fulbright Scholar and Whiting Fellow, she holds bachelor’s degrees in history and in sociology-based human relations from Connecticut College and a PhD in American and New England studies from Boston University.
“Liz's unique combination of scholarly rigor, organizational expertise, and passion for justice has made her an extremely valuable member of the Mass Humanities board” said David Tebaldi, executive director of Mass Humanities. “She commands wide respect from her colleagues and is a pleasure to work with.”
Mass Humanities conducts and supports programs that use history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities disciplines to enhance and improve civic life in Massachusetts. Massachusetts Foundation for Humanities and Public Policy, now simply known as Mass Humanities, was established in 1974 as the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.