As of January 1, 2018, the name of the Humanities Center will be the Department of Comparative Thought and Literature. The new name recognizes the department’s ongoing commitment to serious interdisciplinary study, with a focus on questions at the intersection of literature, philosophy, and aesthetics. It also represents the various literatures, philosophies, religions, political systems, cultures, and methodologies that its faculty studies and applies. A search is currently underway to fill the Boone Chair in the newly named department. Until then, Betsy Bryan, vice dean for humanities and social sciences, will continue to serve as interim chair.