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.
The Seed Cabinet
Katerie Gladdys (Art and Art History), Anna Prizzia (UF Food Systems Coordinator), and Peggy Macdonald (Matheson History Museum)
In partnership with the Matheson History Museum, the Seed Cabinet – a movable public exhibit – will be on display across the north central Florida region from September to May 2017. The Seed Cabinet is interactive exhibit combining history, photographs, video, and physical seeds which seeks to inspire a personal connection to local agriculture.
Who Started the Beef?
Gabrielle Bynam (Hippodrome Theatre), Jeffery Pufahl (Center for the Arts and Medicine), and David Ballard (Gainesville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Department)
In partnership with the Hippodrome Theatre and the Gainesville Parks, Recreation, and Culture Department, twenty-five students from underserved areas of Gainesville will participate in a two-week theatre intensive (June 25th - August 8th) based on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Students will study and analyze the play, as well as perform a 30-minute version in several venues across Gainesville. The goal for the intensive is to train students in alternatives to violence through artistic mediation.
Refugees in Film
Esther Romeyn (Center for European Studies) and Richard Macmaster (Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice)
In collaboration with the Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice, Refugees in Film – a four part film series showcased in the Hippodrome Theatre – will examine the historical, representational, and political issues swirling around the current European refugee crisis. The series seeks to place the current crisis in a wider context and highlight the importance of interdisciplinary humanistic thinking on contemporary social problems.
River of Life, River of Dreams: Springs, Fish Camps, and Old Florida Environmentalism along the St. Johns River
Prof. Whitney Sanford (Religion) and Peggy Macdonald (Matheson History Museum)
In partnership with the Matheson History Museum, River of Life, River of Dreams – a public exhibit hosted by the Matheson – will explore the complex relationships between the St. Johns River and those who depend on it. The exhibit will initiate discussions about the health of the St. Johns by placing contemporary environmental challenges in historical and cultural context.
Tracing the 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. Hélène Blondeau, Department of Literatures, Languages, and Cultures
Dr. Blondeau received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship for a project entitled, “The Role of French in the Sociolinguistic Making of Montreal and Brussels: Identity and Variation in Two Francophone Metropolises.” Dr. Blondeau will travel to Montreal and Brussels to study the effects of globalization on Francophone linguistic variation in two diverse French speaking cities.
Prof. Michelle Campos, Department of History
Dr. Campos received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship for her book project, “Unmixing the Holy City,” which examines the transformation of Jerusalem from a non-segregated to a segregated city in the early twentieth century. Dr. Campos will travel to Jerusalem to conduct interviews and oral histories, as well as work on the digital and public aspect of her project: a website examining the social and spatial forces separating Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem.
Prof. Evan Hart, Center for African-American Studies
Dr. Hart received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship to conduct archival research for her book project, “Building an Inclusive Movement: The National Black Women’s Health Project and the Battle for Health, 1981-1994.” Her project examines the internal conflicts of race within feminist debates over women’s health through an analysis of the NBWHP.
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Prof. Jennifer Rea, Department of Classics
Dr. Rea received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship to finish writing a book entitled, “Perpetua’s Journey: Faith, Gender, and Power in the Roman Empire.” Her project examines the life and death of Perpetua, a Christian female martyr in the third century, and excavates what her story tells us about the active role of women in the Christianization of the Roman Empire.
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Prof. Jodi Schorb, Department of English
Dr. Schorb received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship to begin a book project, “Sexual Self-Making: Life Writing and the Erotic Imaginary in Antebellum America.” Her project will examine the sexual vocabularies of Americans and how these vocabularies shaped sexual culture and self-understanding in pre-Civil War America.
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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:
Nicholas Foreman, Department of History
Nicholas Foreman received a Tedder Family Doctoral Fellowship to conduct archival research in several Louisiana cities for his dissertation project, “The Calorie of Progress: Food Supply and Cultural Creation in the Lower Mississippi Valley, 1760-1850.” His project will explore the cultural and economic significance of the food market in pre-Civil War New Orleans and other southern cities.
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Brian Hamm, Department of History
Brian Hamm received a Rothman Doctoral Fellowship to travel to Seville, Spain and conduct archival research on Portuguese immigration for his dissertation entitled, “Portuguese Immigrants and Spanish Imperialism in Cartagena de Indias, 1530-1650.” His project examines the social dynamics and social mobility of Portuguese immigrants in Cartagena de Indias during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Bhakti Mamtora, Department of Religion
Bhakti Mamtora received a Tedder Family Doctoral Fellowship to travel to Gujarat, India for archival and ethnographic fieldwork for her dissertation, “The Making of a Modern Scripture: The History of a Book from 19th-century Gujarat.” Her project analyzes the process of transforming oral narrative and culture into a sacred text by focusing on the Svāmīnī Vāto, a Gujarati sacred text.
Noble, College of Education
Kenneth Noble received a Rothman Doctoral Fellowship for archival research for his dissertation project, “The Increasing Presence of Police in Twentieth Century United States Urban Public Schools.” His project will address the historical over school safety and the processes that led to school-police partnerships in the twentieth century.
Ralph Patrello, Department of History
Ralph Patrello received a Rothman Doctoral Fellowship to travel to France for his project, “Power and Self-Representation in Southern Gaul, 395-600 AD.” His dissertation examines the material and social power dynamics of political networks and factions in post-Roman southern Gaul.
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:
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.
Read more on Terje Østebø>>
Please also visit our Previous Library Enhancement Program Recipients.
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:
Prof. Leslie Elin Anderson, Political Science
NEH 2016 Research Fellowship
"Democratic Enclaves in Times of Trouble: The Politics of Resistance in Nicaragua"
Poushali Bhadury, English
Taraknath Das Fellowship from the South Asia Institute, Columbia University
"Nationalism and Global Consciousness in (Post)colonial Print Culture: Deb Sahitya Kutir and Bengali Children’s Publishing (1940-1964).”
Prof. Margaret Butler, School of Music
2017 Delmas Foundation Grant for Independent Research in Venice
"The Prima Donna and Celebrity Culture, 1750–1790"
Prof. Mary Ann Eaverly, Classics
George Greenia Fellowship in Pilgrimage Studies
"Parthenon, Pilgrimage, and Panathenaia: A Re-examination of Archaic Greek Votive Statues"
Justin Hosbey, Anthropology
Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities and African American History and Culture at the University of Maryland
Prof. Pamela Gilbert, English
2016 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in the Humanities
“Victorian Skin: Surface, Subjectivity, Affect”
Prof. Bron Taylor, Religion
2016-17 Rachel Carson Fellowship
Prof. Luise White, History
2016-17 National Humanities Center Fellowship
"Fighting and Writing: The Rhodesian Army at the War and Post-War"
Center for European Studies
NEH Dialogues on the Experience of War
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