The UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere recognizes the accomplishments of its fellowship and grant recipients, as well as the achievements of UF faculty and students who have received external awards.
In 2013, the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (CHPS) launched its new grants for Programs in the Public Humanities. The Public Humanities grant opportunity, supported by the CHPS Rothman Endowment, encourages and enhances collaboration between the University of Florida and individuals, groups, and organizations in the community by offering grants up to $3,000 to support public programs rooted in one or more of the humanities disciplines. By drawing on expertise from UF and community partners as co-applicants, these public humanities projects create new and exciting opportunities for collaboration between the university and multiple community organizations. Furthermore, these projects encourage community building, cultural understanding, and personal reflection on the values and experiences that connect us together as neighbors, colleagues, and community members to create a civil and morally responsible society. Through projects like these, the Center for Humanities and the Public Sphere seeks to promote broad civic engagement with the communities in which we live and teach.
Tide: Seahorse Key
Marine Laboratory Oral
Val Leitner (Oral History Consultant) and UF Collaborator
In partnership with the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, oral histories and archival documents associated the Seahorse Key Marine Lab will be conducted and preserved. The project seeks to integrate the history of Seahorse Key into the local history of Cedar Key. The public will be able to view materials at several open house events and through the project’s social media presence.
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In 2010, the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, with the support of the Robert and Margaret Rothman Endowment for the Humanities, began a program to award summer fellowships to faculty in the humanities disciplines. The objective of these fellowships is to allow recipients to make significant progress on existing creative/research projects during the summer months. The most recent recipients are below:
Prof. Shifra Armon, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Dr. Armon received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship for her book project entitled "Staging Curiosity: Skepticism, and Science on the Spanish Stage, 1650-1750." She will travel to Spain for archival research on late seventeenth-century drama and ways of knowing.
Prof. Vandana Baweja, School of Architecture
Dr. Baweja received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship for her project entitled "Tropical Architecture in Australia,” which is part of a broader book project on “Tropical Architecture in Florida.” She will travel to Australia to conduct research on Australian architecture, globalization, and climate.
Prof. Robert Kawashima, Department of Religion and the Center for Jewish Studies
Dr. Kawashima received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship for his book project entitled "The Pentateuch: An Interpretation." He will travel to Berkeley, California, for archival research at the Graduate Theological Union to study Pentateuch and the Documentary Hypothesis.
Prof. Jorge Valdes Kroff, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Dr. Valdes received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship for his project entitled "Anticipating the Switch: How Bilinguals Integrate Code-Switching in Comprehension." He will use his funding to travel to the University of Granada in Spain and test Spanish monolingual and Spanish-English bilingual speakers to learn how bilingual speakers comprehend and integrate code-switching.
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In 2012, the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, with the support of the Tedder Family Endowed Research Award in the Humanities, began a program to award summer fellowships to doctoral candidates working on humanities topics who have passed their qualifying exams by the application deadline. This fellowship may be used to cover research expenses, including travel, related to their dissertation project. Work on projects with interdisciplinary appeal is particularly encouraged. Additional awards may be granted with funds from the Rothman endowment. The most recent recipients are below:
Alexis Baldacci, Department of History
Alexis Baldacci received a Rothman Doctoral Fellowship for her dissertation project entitled "Daily Heroics: Women, Material Culture, and Everyday Life in Revolutionary Cuba, 1959-1989." She will use her funds to finish writing two chapters on consumerism in Cuba in the 1970s and 1980s.
Navid Bargrizan, School of Music
Navid Bargrizan received a Tedder Family Doctoral Fellowship for his dissertation project entitled "Microtonality, Technology, and Dramatic Narrative in the Theatrical Music of Harry Partch and Manfred Stahnke." He will travel to Germany for archival research and conduct interviews relating to the philosophical, technological, musical and dramatic facets of Stahnke's operas.
Derek N. Boetcher, Department of History
Derek Boetcher received a Rothman Doctoral Fellowship for his dissertation project entitled "Webs of Identity and Memory: Commemorative Artwork in Britain, Ireland, and the Dominions, 1700-2015." He will travel to New Zealand to visit commemorative sites and conduct archival research to assess the connection between monuments and conceptions of empire.
Adrienne deNoyelles, Department of History
Adrielle deNoyelles received a Rothman Doctoral Fellowship for her project dissertation entitled “The ‘Lung Block’: Tuberculosis and Progressive Reform in Early-Twentieth-Century New York.” She will travel to New York City to complete archival research on a coalition of early twentieth-century social and public activists who campaigned to demolish a New York tenement neighborhood with particularly high tuberculosis mortality.
Cacey Farnsworth, Department of History
Cacey Farnsworth received a Rothman Doctoral Fellowship for his dissertation project entitled "Atlantic Lisbon: From Restoration to Baroque Splendor, 1640-1755." He will travel to Lisbon for archival research on Lisbon’s transformation as it became an imperial capital.
Elyssa Gage, Department of History
Elyssa Gage received a Tedder Family Doctoral Fellowship for her dissertation project entitled "'A Softer and More Durable Glory’: Justice and Colonialism in Post-Revolutionary France, 1802-1830." She will travel to the Archives nationales d’Outre-Mer in Aix-en-Provence, France, for archival research of key moments in the restoration of slavery and the monarchy through the lens of two administrators.
Prea Persaud, Department of Religion
Prea Persaud received a Rothman Doctoral Fellowship for her dissertation project entitled "Vocalizing Authenticity: The Role of Pundits, Temples, and Indian Organizations in the Creation of Caribbean Hinduism." She will use the funds for a trip to Trinidad, where she will study religious rituals and conduct interviews and archival research on the relationship between Indian and Caribbean identities.
Matthew F. Simmons, Department of History
Matthew Simmons received a Rothman Doctoral Fellowship for his project entitled "Revolt in the Fields: The Southern Tenant Farmers' Union and the New Deal." He will travel to Mississippi State University and the Arkansas State Archives to research the lives of the most underprivileged inhabitants of the American South and the dynamics of social inequality during the Great Depression.
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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. The most recent recipients are below:
Najwa Al-Tabaa and Charles Acheson, Department of English
Najwa Al-Tabaa and Charles Acheson on behalf of the Graduate Comics Organization and ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Study Journal, received a Library Enhancement Grant to acquire materials necessary to enhance these programs focusing on Comics and Visual Rhetoric. The grant will add to the UF Smathers Libraries’ comics collection with more theoretical texts on comics and adaptation that will benefit students and faculty working in the field of Comics and Visual Rhetoric, Popular Culture Studies, Digital Humanities, Film and Media Studies, and Fine Art.
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The following faculty members and graduate students are among those who have received prestigious recognition and support for their research and publications. A selection of recent awards and accomplishments are listed below:
Armon, Spanish & Portuguese Studies
Fall 2017 Canada Fulbright Research Chair of Society and Culture, University of Alberta
“Staging Curiosity: Skepticism, and Science on the Spanish Stage 1650-1750"
2017 Delmas Foundation Grant for Independent Research in Venice
"The Prima Donna and Celebrity Culture, 1750–1790"
2017-2018 Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities and African American History and Culture at the University of Maryland
Prof. Richard Kernaghan, Anthropology
2017-2018 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship
"Semblance in Terrain: On the Legal Topographies of Postwar, in Peru’s Upper Huallaga Valley"
Languages, Literatures & Cultures
2017-2018 Camargo Foundation Residential Fellowship
"Language and Urban Life in Dakar: A Critical Sociolinguistics of Language in the Postcolony"
Seago, Political Science
2017-2018 US Fulbright Research Grant
"Understanding White Political Mobilization in Namibia"
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