Josephine "Dodie" Detmer '52, P'79, who majored in history and taught the subject for three decades, has always placed great value on education, languages and culture, which she instilled in her daughter, Zareen Taj Mirza '79, a Russian studies major. So when the alumnae decided to make a gift to WE DO, The Campaign for Bucknell, the humanities were a natural fit for the duo, who will soon be permanently honored for their generosity. Following a renovation, Demosthenean Hall will emerge in spring 2018 as Hildreth-Mirza Hall, a home for the University's Humanities Center.
The women also endowed the Josephine Hildreth Detmer & Zareen Taj Mirza Professorship in Islamic Studies, Bucknell's first faculty position dedicated to the religion.
"The humanities broaden students' minds and their outlook on the world," Detmer says. "The world is a global place now, and if we don't have some understanding of each other, how can we all exist together?"