Alison Darrow

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Timothy Billings awarded an NEH Enduring Questions grant

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Timothy Billings (English & American Literatures, Comparative Literature Program) has been awarded an Enduring Questions grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support the development of a new course on the topic of “What is lost (& found) in translation?” Students will explore the fundamental philosophical, sociological, and linguistic questions raised by translingual communication such as: How much does language determine how we think? How much of language is culture? What is unique to translating sacred texts, poetry, “exotic” languages, and dead languages? Is anything “untranslatable”? Are translators traitors, drudges, or artists? Can machines translate? Students will survey the history of theoretical writing on translation while comparing multiple translations of coherent sections from major works such as the Bible, Greek & Latin poetry, Tao Te Ching, and One Thousand and One Nights among others. The course will be offered twice during the next two years.

Erik Bleich awarded a Fulbright Scholar research grant

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Erik Bleich (Political Science) has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Program research grant and a fellowship through the European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) at the Collegium de Lyon (France) in support of his 2014-15 leave project titled Restricting Racist Speech in France: How Courts Draw the Line Between Free Speech and Hate Speech. He will work on a book examining how French courts distinguish between forms of racist speech that are protected and prohibited in this thorny area for liberal democracies. His fellowship in Lyon provides support and a home base for 10 months as he pursues this research. For the Fulbright, he will be affiliated with the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) in Paris.

Sandra Carletti awarded a Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation fellowship

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Sandra Carletti (Italian) has been awarded a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for a project titled The United Tables of Italy: Pellegrino Artusi and the Unification of Italy in the Kitchen. The grant will enable Sandra to travel to Italy during her 2014-15 leave to do research at the Pellegrino Artusi library in Forlimpopoli, Emilia-Romagna, which houses the archives for the iconic cookbook that Artusi published just thirty years after the official unification of Italy. She plans to examine documents and collect materials to enhance her teaching of Italian culture and history and to support creation of a new course on the intersection of literature, food, and language in the representation of Italian identity.

Laurie Essig awarded a Whiting Foundation fellowship

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Laurie Essig  (Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies) has been awarded a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for a project titled “Bury Their Hearts”: The Homosexual as foreign Pollution in Russia. The grant will fund a trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg, during which Laurie will meet with colleagues, experts, and LGBT and feminist activists to further explore how the figure of the homosexual is being used in nationalist politics and rhetoric as a sign of foreign pollution and disease. This trip will also  provide Laurie with the opportunity reacquaint herself with “all things Russian” including Russian academic culture, in an effort to prepare for doing research in Russia in the future and being able to update her work on sexual citizenship in Russia in order to expand her teaching to include global sexualities.

Sujata Moorti awarded a Whiting Foundation fellowship

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Sujata Moorti (Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies) has been awarded a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for a project titled Transnational Surrogacy and Feminism. The grant will enable Sujata to travel Bengaluru, India, during her 2014-15 leave to visit surrogacy centers that draw people from a wide variety of countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.    She plans  to witness interactions between all parties involved in the practice of surrogate parenthood  in her quest to better understand this transnational practice and the feminist responses to it. This experience will enable her to update her course “Mobile Women: Transnational Work Patterns” and will also affect other courses that touch on transnational feminism.

Eilat Glikman receives grant from Research Corporation

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Eilat Glikman (Physics) has received a grant from Research Corporation, a private foundation that aids basic research in the physical sciences. This research will study growing super-massive black holes (aka quasars) and the effects they have on their host galaxies. Since all galaxies are believed to grow a black hole at some point in their history, this research will help explain how the galaxies we see today, such as the Milky Way, formed their detailed structure. At least three undergraduates will be involved in this work over the next two to three years. The project is titled Quasar/Galaxy Co-Evolution Caught in the Act: Understanding the Physics of Feedback.

Michael Sheridan Receives Dumbarton Oaks Grant

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Michael Sheridan (Sociology-Anthropology) has received a Dumbarton Oaks Project Grant for a project titled Ethnobotany, symbolism, and property rights institutions in tropical agrarian societies. The grant will support his ongoing research on botanically similar plants that delineate property lines, mark graves, and symbolize peace throughout tropical Africa, the Caribbean and Oceania. During his 14-15 leave, he will revisit St. Vincent, Cameroon, and Tanzania for ethnographic fieldwork on these plants and expand the project to Polynesia. “Boundary plants” remain meaningful despite social and ecological change because they embed both property rights and social values into landscapes. The resulting work will describe the symbolic, social, and ecological commonalities of these plants in agrarian societies, and explore how these focal points of property, identity, and meaning shape tropical landscapes.