Dr. Charissa Threat, Assistant Professor of History, received a Faculty Fellowship award from NEH, an award which funds less than 10% of applicants. She has been awarded $25,200 to continue her research and writing of her article “Searching for Colored Pin-Up Girls: Race, Gender, and Sexuality during World War II”. This article explores how the availability of African American women’s images shaped understandings about race and gendered identities during World War II. Her work will examine the link between African American soldiers abroad and discourses on race and sexuality at home. The utilization of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Auburn Avenue Research Center and the Atlanta History Center will give Dr. Threat the opportunity to investigate the personal stories and images of the black pin ups and soldiers during World War II. The completion of her work will allow her to publish her article to inform and educate the public from veterans’ groups to students in classrooms.
The UNCF has been invited to submit a nominee for the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program.
The Carnegie Corporation of New York will award up to thirty-five fellowships of $200,000 to support travel, research assistants, and/or sabbatical time.
Extraordinary senior or junior scholars at Spelman are invited to submit their names for consideration. Because the fellowship program aims to support the social sciences and humanities, proposals should “incorporate historical precedents, cultural underpinnings, and/or moral arguments.” This fellowship is available only to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Faculty wishing to be considered for nomination should forward a CV and one-page project summary to Claudia Scholz by October 30, 2017.
If you are selected as the nominee, you must prepare a prospectus, budget, and summary, as well as submit your photo, CV, abridged CV and nomination letter by November 17, 2017. Fellows will be selected by April 2018.
Projects must be research-based and fall into one of the eligible topic areas:
Strengthening U.S. democracy and exploring new narratives
Possible topic areas include, but are not confined to, inequality, access to education, religion, gender, race, migration and immigration, the widening poverty-wealth gap, political polarization, civic participation, individual rights and privacy, forms of cultural expression, incarceration, judicial and criminal justice reform, rule of law, the voting process, the party system, and the public good.
Technological and cultural creativity—potential and perils
Possible topic areas include, but are not confined to, cybersecurity, big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence, the impact of technology on privacy, civic participation, impact of traditional and social media, accountability of tech industry, challenges to and varieties of individual expression, the power of imagery, approaches to death and dying, cognitive science and human creativity, definitions of the human and the post-human, and ethical issues raised by medical and scientific research.
Global connections and global ruptures
Possible topic areas include, but are not confined to, threats to democratic institutions;
nationalism; national sovereignty; human rights; race; gender; religion; access to education; migration and immigration; refugee crises; demographic changes; challenges to cultural legacies; national security and civil liberties; poverty; terrorism; international law; nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons; war and peace in the 21st century; and translation, transmission, and transformation of cultures.
Environments, natural and human
Possible topic areas include, but are not confined to, political and economic stability, global
climate change, health, inequality, human rights, defining the Anthropocene, ethical implications of environmental issues, and literary and cultural expressions of environmental change.
The Council of Undergraduate Research will debut its new journal Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research (SPUR) in fall 2017. SPUR will replace CUR Quarterly. This peer-reviewed publication will focus on scholarly work that studies useful and innovative practices, approaches and pedagogical models, and will highlight assessment results of undergraduate research. The journal will be a helpful tool for faculty interested in increasing their understanding of undergraduate student-faculty engagement.
Submission guidelines for SPUR can be found here.