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Arts Provost Brody Will Step Down

By Jenny Zhang

Associate Provost for the Arts Alan Brody will be returning to full-time teaching and playwriting at the end of this academic year, according to an MIT News Office press release. Brody has held the position of associate provost for 10 years, and is an “unswerving and passionate advocate of the arts at MIT,” Provost L. Rafael Reif told the News Office. Brody has also been an MIT professor of theater arts since 1988.

Reif said in the press release that he is meeting members of the MIT community as part of the process of finding a successor.

Brody “fostered a sense of community and identity among students and faculty engaged in the arts, through such activities as the creation of the Freshman Arts Seminar and Advising Program and the MIT Arts Scholars Program,” Reif said in the press release. Brody’s leadership also oversaw the expansion of the List Visual Arts Center and the Office of the Arts.

According to the press release, Brody’s most recent accomplishment among many is winning the Bloomington Playwrights Project Reva Shiner Full Length Play Contest for his work “The Housewives of Mannheim,” which deals with homosexuality and anti-Semitism. The Indiana-based BPP will show a production of Brody’s work from Feb. 9 to 25.

Nationally, Brody helped lead Teachers as Scholars, through which university faculty lead seminars for K-12 teachers on humanities, arts and sciences, and interdisciplinary topics.

President Hockfield said in the press release that “As associate provost for the arts, Alan Brody has fostered a climate where the talents and imagination of our faculty and students can find their fullest artistic expression.”