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Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch is a literary historian whose current research focuses on the reception of classical mythology and the classical tradition in American culture, a topic that stems from her work during an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship at Harvard University. Active in the Classical Receptions Workshop at NU and itsClassicizing Chicago Project,she has written on Athena as a cultural icon in the United States (inAmerican Women and Classical Myths, ed. Gregory Staley, Baylor UP, 2009). Her most recent published article is on the role of Rome in Henry James's early fiction and an introduction to the great Polish SF/philosophy writer Stanislaw Lem should come out shortly in a new History of Polish Literature. In the last few years Elzbieta has given papers at international conferences on literary Rome, on neo-classicism in the Chicago Columbian Exposition of 1893, and on literary legacies of the American 1960s.
Elzbieta is proud to have helped establish two scholarly centers at Northwestern University--the Center for the Humanities (now the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities) and the Center for Historical Studies (now the Chabraja CHS). She is the recipient of the 2011-2012 Clarence Ver Steeg award for supporting and mentoring graduate students.