Spring 2013 Kudos


Dickinson was awarded a $700,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a digital-humanities initiative to further infuse the liberal-arts curriculum with the latest digital technologies. The grant will fund a postdoctoral fellowship in digital humanities, internal grants for faculty and student work, workshops for faculty committees and a virtual studio to publish and showcase digital projects. For more information about the programs being supported by the grant, visit http://dson.co/digitaldickinson.

Provost Neil B. Weissman published "Sustainability & Liberal Education: Partners by Nature" in the fall 2012 issue of Liberal Education, the flagship journal of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. To read the article, visit www.aacu.org/liberaleducation/le-fa12/weissman.cfm.

Melinda Schlitt, professor of art history and William E. Edel Professor of Humanities edited Gifts in Return: Essays in Honour of Charles Dempsey. Published by the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at Victoria University in the University of Toronto, the volume brings together new scholarship in Italian art and culture from the 13th to the 18th centuries first presented during April and May 2007 at two conferences celebrating Charles Dempsey on his retirement from teaching at The Johns Hopkins University. The authors—among the most noted scholars in their fields—address a wide range of issues, including patronage, style, iconography, reception, textual sources and cultural context.

Stephen Weinberger, Robert Coleman Professor of History, published "From Censors to Critics: Representing the People" in the fall 2012 issue of Film and History.

Ben Edwards, associate professor of earth sciences, received a $25,000 grant from the National Science Foundation RAPID Program to conduct research on a volcano in the Kamchatka Peninsula. The award is part of a collaborative research project with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, the University of Oregon and the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia.

Matthew Pinsker, associate professor of history and Brian C. Pohanka '77 Chair in American Civil War History, developed the Emancipation Digital Classroom as part of his House Divided project, which provides a host of digital resources for K-12 educators. The Emancipation Digital Classroom's "Unofficial Teachers' Guide to Spielberg's Lincoln" features a scene-by-scene summary of Tony Kushner's Oscar-nominated script, analysis of artistic license taken by the filmmakers and historians' reaction to the work. The guide also features side-by-side comparisons of historical figures and the actors who play them in the film and is being used in classrooms across the country. For more about the House Divided project, visit http://housedivided.dickinson.edu.

Jacob Sider Jost, assistant professor of English, received $7,235 from the William F. Milton Fund of Harvard University for his research project, "The Magazine and the Economics of Eighteenth-Century Poetry."

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Wendell Smith published "'Ver mundo': Enchanted Boats, Atlases, and Imperial Magic in the Second Part of Don Quijote" in Cervantes, the journal of the Cervantes Society of America.

The Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, Fulbright Scholar in Residence program has awarded funding for a scholar-in-residence at Dickinson to help forge new global partnerships around the unifying concept of Afro-Brazilian culture. The project was designed by Carolina Castellanos, assistant professor of Spanish & Portuguese; Lynn Johnson, assistant professor of Africana studies; Brian Brubaker '95, interim director of the Center for Global Study & Engagement; and Neil Leary, director of the Center for Sustainability Education. The scholar-in-residence will teach spring 2014 courses about society, the environment and development in Brazil.

A series of images made during a five-year photographic study by College Photographer Carl Socolow '77depicting changes in daily life in the Mexican village of Mata Ortiz were included in a recent issue of Journal of the Southwest, a refereed journal published by the Southwest Center at the University of Arizona.

Author and poet Brenda Marie Osbey, who received an honorary doctor of letters from Dickinson in 2006, recently published History and Other Poems, an examination of the transatlantic slave trade and the still-palpable effects of European and American colonialism.

Published April 11, 2013