Su Lian Tan (Music) has received a Discovery Grant from the Opera Grants for Female Composers program to support development of her opera composition Lotus Lives. The grant was announced recently by OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, and was made possible through the generosity of The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. This project was one of seven selected from among 61 applicants.
Cynthia Packert (History of Art & Architecture) 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 “Is Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?” The proposed new course will consider selected Asian and Islamic artworks in the Middlebury College Museum of Art’s permanent collection to explore this fundamental question. Through an intensive combination of close looking, critical analysis, and comparative consideration of diverse artworks and aesthetic traditions, students will ask how the act of beholding is entwined with cultural assumptions and conditioning and address those preconceptions by focusing on specific Asian and Islamic works. The course will be offered twice during the next three years.
Anne Kelly Knowles (Geography) has been awarded a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation for a project titled Telling the Spatial Story of the Holocaust. This project grew from her ongoing work with the Holocaust Geographies Collaborative, an international group of geographers and historians exploring the geographical dimensions of the Holocaust with spatial methods, notably GIS (geographic information systems). Knowles’ new project will incorporate corpus and computational linguistics as well as GIS, video, and manual methods of geovisualization to represent victims’ experiences of place and time during the Holocaust. Her research will take her to Poland, Lancaster University in the UK, Stanford, USC, and UCLA.
Jeff Munroe (Geology) has been awarded a Franklin Grant from the American Philosophical Society for a project titled Developing a Record of Holocene Environmental Change from an Idaho Ice Cave. The grant will cover field research expenses for Jeff and a Middlebury undergraduate to collect samples from the ice cave as well as the expense of acquiring radiocarbon dates for organic matter within the ice deposit. The goal of the project is to develop a record of winter snowfall and atmospheric dust deposition spanning the past several centuries.
Tom & Pat Manley (Geology) have received a grant from the Lintilhac Foundation for a project titled High-Resolution Bottom Mapping of Lake Champlain. This grant provides funding to begin a long term effort to update the 2005 bottom bathymetric map of Lake Champlain using multibeam technology which Middlebury acquired with a 2011 grant from the National Science Foundation. When completed, this new bottom map will provide a significant increase in the resolution of the lake bottom that is important to the recreation, research and management communities.
William Poulin-Deltour (French) has been awarded a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for a project titled The Debate over Same-Sex Marriage: Toward an Enhanced Understanding of Contemporary France. The grant will enable William to spend three months in Paris to study French reactions to same-sex marriage and collect ethnographic materials that he will incorporate into his introductory and advanced courses on France. In particular, he will be examining how attitudes on same-sex marriage reflect and shape notions of national identity, gender relationships, and the role of the Catholic Church in French culture.
David West (Geology) has been awarded a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for a project titled Exploring Iceland’s Active Geology. The grant will support ten days of field investigation in Iceland that will enrich his teaching of structural geology, tectonics, and volcanic hazards in both introductory and upper-level geology courses. The experience will also provide a springboard for organizing an Iceland field course for students during Middlebury College’s recently established Summer Term.