The Center for the Humanities announces the award of its 2016-2017 Faculty Research Fellowships to four faculty members in support of their research:
Harriet Fertik (Classics, Humanities, and Italian Studies)
"Outside the Ideal Community: Spaces for Education and Politics in Greco-Roman Antiquity and W.E.B. Du Bois" will use questions raised in The Souls of Black Folk to investigate the relationship between education and citizenship in antiquity.
Nicole Fox (Sociology)
"Rebuilding from the Ashes of a Traumatic Past: The Everyday Complexities of Memory and Reconciliation in the Lives of Rwandan Genocide Survivors" will chronicle how narratives of the Rwandan genocide are told and re-told almost two decades after the violence.
Eliga Gould (History)
"Crucible of Peace: 1783 and the Founding of the American Republic" will look at the tensions between the terms imposed by the treaty-makers and the wishes of the people whom the treaty purported to bind in one of the least-studied of the United States' founding documents: The Treaty of Paris.
Subrena Smith (Philosophy)
"Developmental Systems Theory and Beyond" will be an interdisciplinary research project – drawing on philosophy, biology, and psychology – that will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of Developmental Systems Theory with a view toward expanding on its strengths and rectifying its weaknesses.
Funded by the Center's general endowment and the Ben and Zelma Dorson Endowment in the Humanities, the fellowships provide a semester-long opportunity for junior and tenured faculty to pursue humanities research with no teaching obligations. Awardees participate in the Faculty Fellows Lecture Series in the year following their fellowship.
The Center for the Humanities, established in 1986, supports humanities research by faculty from across the university. The Center hosts and sponsors faculty research fellows, faculty seminars, lecture series, and many public programs. By doing so, the Center endeavors to inspire and cultivate innovative research, excellence in teaching, and a commitment to public service as a means of expanding the relevance of the humane disciplines to the university and the world beyond campus.