Beginning in 2009, the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere has used funds from the Rothman Endowment to sponsor a grant competition among University of Florida faculty to expand the existing University of Florida library collections in areas in and related to the humanities that are currently underserved. Resources may include print, digital, or audio-visual media that enhance scholarly research and teaching in the humanities as well as affiliated disciplines. Requests that address the needs of broader constituencies of the University beyond the immediate applicants are judged especially favorably.
Prof. Vandana Baweja, College of Design, Construction, and Planning
Dr. Vandana Baweja was awarded a Library Enhancement Grant
to fund the acquisition of books on urban landscapes and their representation
in cinema. The addition of these texts
will provide resources for a growing field at the University Florida focused on
the dynamic relationship between film and architecture.
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Prof. Lisa Iglesias, School of Art + Art History
Prof. Lisa Iglesias received a Library Enhancement Grant to acquire texts that highlight diverse, underrepresented groups within a vast array of cultural production. The acquisition of these texts will benefit a wide disciplinary audience and add to the available resources for current course offerings in the School of Art + Art History.
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Francesc Morales, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Francesc Morales received a Library Enhancement Grant to enhance Library West’s collection on Spanish terrorism. The acquisition of films, non-fiction, and fictional sources on this topic will benefit an interdisciplinary audience including the Department of Political Science, the Department of History, and the Center for European Studies.
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Prof. Terje Østebø, Department of Religion
Dr. Terje Østebø received a Library Enhancement Grant to supplement resources on Global Islam. The acquisition of films and books on this topic will enhance resources available to the Center for Global Islam (CGIS), build on established areas of research, and expand potential course content offered through CGIS and Religion.
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Al-Tabaa, Department of English
Najwa Al-Tabaa has been awarded a Library Enhancment Grant to add theoretical texts about comics and visual rhetoric to Library West's collection. The University of Florida is one of few schools who offer a degree track specializing in comics and visual rhetoric, and the addition of these texts will improve the scope of the existing collection.
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Kugelmass, Center for Jewish Studies
Rebecca Jefferson, Head, Price Library of Judaica
Drs. Kugelmass and Jefferson have been awarded a Library Enhancement Grant to acquire historical newspapers on microfilm for the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida. The grant will fund the acquisition of microfilm copies of the periodical Forverts (The Forward), extending UF holdings of Forverts further into the critical years following World War II to include issues for 1947-1950.
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Liminyana Vico, Graduate Student, College of Journalism
Prof. Ana de Prada Pérez, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies
A Library Enhancement Grant was awarded to Ms. Liminyana Vico and Dr. de Prada Pérez to acquire additional holdings in Catalan linguistics and cultural studies. These acquisitions will build on current collection strengths in 20th-century Catalan literature and reference works by making available new materials spanning from the 12th through 21st centuries.
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Johar Schueller, Department of English
Prof. Malini Schueller, Professor of English and Director of the Asian American Studies Certificate Program, has received a Library Enhancement Grant to increase UF library holdings in Asian American Studies. Since the certificate program opened its doors at UF in 2004, students and faculty have expressed great enthusiasm for more resources in this area. Books and media purchased through this grant for the UF library will better serve students’ needs and facilitate ongoing graduate and faculty research.
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Dr. Eric Segal,
Education Curator of Academic Programs, Harn Museum of Art
Ivy Chen, Bishop Studies Center Manager, Harn Museum of Art
Dr. Eric Segal received a library enhancement grant to support acquisitions for the Bishop Studies Center (BSC) at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. The BSC under the leadership of Ivy Chen provides visitors to the Harn Museum a number of multimedia and hands-on resources for extended study in art and culture. This grant supports the acquisition of artist monographs, books, and DVDs directly related to current exhibitions, as well as significant scholarly publications selected by museum curators.
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Cofrin Curator of Asian Art, Harn Museum of Art
Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler, Museum & Special Projects Coordinator, UF Digital Library Center
Allysa Browne Peyton, Curatorial Associate of Asian Art, Harn Museum of Art
A Library Enhancement Grant was awarded to the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art to fund the digital preservation of a 17th-century Korean gilt-wood bodhisattva in the Harn collection. The bodhisattva is an enlightened figure in the Buddhist tradition. The Library Enhancement Grant funded the permanent online exhibition preserving the unique imagery of this important artifact and making it accessible worldwide. The exhibition was designed by Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler who also served as curator in collaboration with Jason Steuber and Allysa Browne Peyton. The exhibition debuted in conjunction with the opening of the Harn Museum’s David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing and has received international attention.
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Sonke, Theatre and Dance and UF Center for the Arts in Medicine
Prof. Jill Sonke, director of the UF Center for the Arts in Medicine, was awarded a grant through the Library Enhancement Program to extend the holdings of the Criser Cancer Resource Center (CCRC). Acquisitions funded by the grant will form the core of the interdisciplinary Medical Humanities Collection. The collection will feature resources to facilitate dialogue and teaching, provoking insights into such topics as the human condition, suffering, empathy, creativity, and self-reflection. These topics will contribute toward the better understanding and practice of whole-person and patient-centered care.
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Mennel, German Studies
Prof. Barbara Mennel, Director for the Center for Film and Media Studies, was awarded a Library Enhancement Grant in Spring 2011 to develop the Film and Media Resources (FMR) maintained by the Center. FMR consists of an academic collection of films, videos, and multimedia for classroom instruction and research available to faculty members and graduate teaching assistants at the University of Florida. The unique variety of media formats available through FMR allows study of technological innovation and aesthetic use.
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Rosenberg, Department of English
Prof. Leah Rosenberg was awarded a Library Enhancement Grant to expand the collection of early Caribbean literature and periodicals in the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) and UF Digital Collections (UFDC). The Library Enhancement Grant allowed the dLOC and UFDC to acquire Planters’ Punch (1922-1945) from the National Library of Jamaica, which digitized the periodical for dLOC. Planters’ Punch contributes to dLOC’s growing collection of Caribbean cultural and political magazines, which makes most of these texts accessible for the first time outside of national libraries and universities in the West Indies. Increasing their accessibility is key to expanding awareness and analysis of the West Indies literary canon.
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Dr. Brenda Chalfin was awarded a Library Enhancement Grant to extend
UF's archives of African Studies by compiling architectural, planning,
and housing records from Ghana's midcentury planned city of Tema. The
grant funded digital photographic documentation of urban planning
materials dealing with the creation and conception of Tema including
maps, blue prints, photos, marketing materials, correspondence, and
public records from Ghana's independence in 1957 to the present day in
the collection of the Tema Development Corporation (TDC). This grant
contributes important materials and records from a cornerstone planned
city at the heart of 20th century African modernism.
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Reformation and Early Modern History
The University of Florida is home to a large and growing group of scholars of Central and Eastern Europe. This area of the world has coming into its own after the fall of Soviet communism, and UF has been leading the way in the study of its languages, cultures, politics, and history. For example, the University of Florida teaches a full sequence of Hungarian classes for undergraduates, something not even Oxford University can claim. Another area of growing interest is religious history. There has been an increase in the number of classes on religion in several departments, and UF recently wrapped up a two year-long lecture series “Faithful Narratives” which brought leading scholars in the history of religion to speak at UF. One area where the two expanding fields of East-Central Europe and religion intersect is in the study of the Protestant Reformation.
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Sean Macdonald and Richard Wang, Chinese Studies The
University of Florida is home to the largest pool of Chinese
scholars in the state. Not only are there four scholars specializing in
language and culture of China currently in the Department of Languages,
Literatures, and Cultures, there are also scholars working on China in
School of Art and Art History, the Department of Anthropology, and the
Department of Religion. With the expansion of Chinese studies at UF,
have struggled to keep up with all the resources needed to provide both
students and faculties the necessary tools for their research.
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The Harn Museum of Art
The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida, with the assistance of a Library Enhancement Grant provided by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, has made significant book acquisitions in support of the freshman humanities course, “What is the Good Life?” These books are housed in the Harn’s Bishop Study Center where they are available to faculty, students and other museum visitors. The University of Florida began offering this core course that explores the enduring question “What is the Good Life?” from the perspectives of the humanities disciplines in Spring 2010. Topics include the cost of the good life, how people have chosen to live as members of local and global communities, and conceptions and expressions of beauty, power, love, and health. The intention is to give all students at UF an introduction to larger humanistic questions that can enhance their understanding and appreciation of their own work, whether they study mathematics, science, engineering, or any other discipline. The Harn Museum of Art is a major partner in this course, with students visiting museum exhibitions to view works of art and museum objects linked to course discussions and readings.
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Prof. Gonda Van
Steen, Greek Studies
When Professor Gonda Van Steen joined the faculty of the Department of Classics at the University of Florida in 2009, she found the modern Greek holdings in the Library to be in need of significant expansion. Dr. Van Steen immediately recognized a need to build more comprehensive holdings in this area and set about trying to increase the library’s collection. With the assistance of a Library Enhancement Grant provided by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, she was able to bring important new books related to modern Greece to the University of Florida Library.
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Campos, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
With events in the Middle East capturing the attention of Americans as never before, demand for courses that shed light on this region has grown. The University of Florida has thus sought to provide students with more opportunities to learn about the history, languages, and cultures of the Middle East. One manifestation of this directive was the hire in 2006 of Michelle Campos, Assistant Professor of the Modern Middle East. Prior to her arrival, there was no scholar in this area of specialization in the history department.
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Hebblethwaite, Haitian Creole Studies
While many may not know it, the University of Florida has one of the largest collections of Haitian Creole literature in the world. The largest university in a state with one of the largest Creole populations, UF is a vital institution for the study of this language. With Haitian Creole as the third most widely spoken language in Florida after English and Spanish, librarians at UF have been collecting books in Haitian Creole since they first appeared around 1904.
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Sterk, Late Antique and Medieval Studies
In recent years there has been growing interest in medieval history at the University of Florida. With four professors in the history department directly engaged in the field, as well as several others in the departments of English, Religion, and Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, among others, UF has more medievalists than it has ever had before; indeed, UF has a greater concentration of medievalists than many other North American universities. As a result, an increasing number of undergraduates is getting interested in the Middle Ages at the same time that UF has attracted a growing contingent of graduate students committed to research in the Middle Ages.
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