Webb Keane has received the very distinguished award of a College Professorship.  He formally takes his Collegiate Chair on July 1 of this year, joining an array of scholars within LSA (and our department) who exemplify the best in scholarship, contributions to their discipline and the university, teaching, and service.  


Professor Keane has chosen to name his Chair after George Herbert Mead who taught at Michigan from 1891 to 1894 before moving to the University of Chicago along with John Dewey, who also taught here at Michigan.  With Dewey, Mead's reputation grows out of his contributions to philosophy, sociology, and psychology and, most significantly, his association with the pragmatist circle of philosophers that did so much in developing semiotics as a an approach to social and cultural formation.