Faculty Deans

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Welcome to Mather House!

We very much look forward to getting to know you during your years at Mather.  We are in the Dining Hall often—at lunch, for coffee or dinner or just having a chat.  We hold Open Houses with lots of food and good cheer in our residence; the dates are on the Mather Calendar.  We hope that you will come to them often, and please do keep reminding us of your names since we are only two people and there are 400+ residents at Mather.  Do contact us for any questions or concerns about house life.

Christie McDonald grew up in New York City. Having spent summers during her youth in Montana, she reveled in the western mountains as muchas in the cultural life of the city.  During her third year in college, she studied in France where her love of the French language and cultureblossomed into a career of teaching and writing. She earned her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and her Ph.D. from Yale University. At Harvard, she is Smith Professor of French Language and Literature in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and Professor of ComparativeLiterature, and twice chaired the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. She is the author or editor of many books and articles on literature in an interdisciplinary context.   A literary historian, as well as cultural critic and theorist, her research and teaching focus on eighteenth andtwenty to twenty-first century literary and philosophical thought, primarily in French. She has also published in the areas of ethics, feminist theory, and the arts. Her books include The Extravagant Shepherd (1973, 2007)Dispositions (1986)The Dialogue of Writing (1986), and The Proustian Fabric(1991).  She has also published books on American painters in her family:  Images of Congo:  Anne Eisner's Art and Ethnology, 1946-58 (2005);Painting My WorldThe Art of Dorothy Eisner, 2009).   Recent co-edited books include Rousseau and Freedom with Stanley Hoffmann (2010; 2012),French Global:  A New Approach to Literary History with Susan Suleiman (2010; 2011; 2014 in French), and with François Proulx, Proust and the Arts(2015).


Michael Rosengarten is from Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Education: B.Eng (Electrical), McGill University, 1966. M.D., University of Ottawa, 1974. 

Experience: Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist at the McGill University Health Center where he created the first McGill invasive electrophysiology lab, established ambulatory rhythm monitoring, transtelephonic pacemaker follow-up for the far North, and headed the team that implanted the first implantable defibrillator in Canada. He was the acting director of the Division of Cardiology at the Montreal General Hospital and the Associate Dean of Continuing Health Professional Education at McGill University. He introduced and built Webcasting for CME, authored Web sites and created the Canadian Portal for CME.

Currently: He remains connected to McGill University as an Adjunct Professor of Medicine and a reviewer of research protocols for the McGill University Health Center.

Interests: He is interested in Graphics, Web imaging and Web site programing, interactive Web based learning and the use of technology in medicine and the arts.


Moving on:

We all move on, and as we bid farewell to the class of 2017 so we too will bid farewell to Mather. Every day we enjoy, and have enjoyed the wonderful richness of this community, which has been our home for seven years. All of you, who make up life in our intergenerational community are extraordinarily important to us. But there is a time for everything, and for us June 2017 will be the time to retire. 

We are proud to have contributed to Mather and the community we share within the marvelous residential system here at Harvard: from creating new and transforming old spaces (the multi-media room, the woodturning studio, the lower lounge, and the sunken courtyard for outdoor events), new programs (Fast Pass, the Sophomore Welcome Pilot, Mather Connect) to sponsoring events (Mather Meets, High Tables for seniors), supporting the arts (exhibitions in the SNLHTC Gallery, concerts, the chamber music, pottery and wood turning programs), and much more.  We are grateful to those we have brought to the Mather staff (Luke Leafgren, John Heine, Maura McCarthy, and a long list of distinguished former and current tutors), along with everyone on the HUDS team, Miguel Casillas’ custodial team, and  HoCo, who all work to make Mather a special place. There is much more, but in the end, we feel most privileged to have accompanied Matherites on their journey through college.

This fall has been a difficult time in our nation through a campaign that has not only been acrimonious but emboldened rhetoric and acts of hate.  We at Mather feel a special responsibility to support all of our students, tutors and staff, and to protect a respectful and inclusive community that is home to all who live and work here. We strongly believe that Mather embodies the values of diversity and inclusion, as part of the mission of the College to make life at Harvard transformational. 

As Faculty Deans, we stand on the shoulders of our predecessors, those Masters (as they were called) going back to the beginning of Mather in the 1970s.  Mather’s concrete will endure, and so will our community.  We will  ensure a smooth transition, and look forward to Mather welcoming the next Faculty Deans when they are chosen. There is still much to do during the spring semester, and we look forward to continuing to build, enjoy and strengthen our community, and to “graduating”.

It has been and is an honor.

Christie and Dr. Mike