Doris Sommer

Doris Sommer

Guest Speaker 2017
Doris Sommer

Doris Sommer is Founder of Cultural Agents, an NGO dedicated to civic development through the arts. She is Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American Studies. Her academic and outreach work promote the humanities as training in judgment and innovation. And through Pre-Texts, a teacher training program in Literacy, Innovation, and Citizenship she builds capacity in Boston Public Schools, throughout Latin America, and beyond. Among her books are Foundational Fictions: The National Romances of Latin America (1991) about novels that helped to consolidate new republics; Proceed with Caution when Engaged by Minority Literature (1999) on a rhetoric of particularism; Bilingual Aesthetics: A New Sentimental Education (2004); and The Work of Art in the World: Civic Agency and Public Humanities (2014). Sommer has enjoyed and is dedicated to developing public school education. She has a B.A. from New Jersey’s Douglass College for Women, and a Ph.D. from Rutgers, The State University.