Kristine Muñoz Muñoz, professor of Spanish and Portuguese, along with co-director Daena Goldsmith, professor of rhetoric and media studies at Lewis & Clark College, received a $149,999 Humanities Initiatives grant for their project titled, “Salud, to your Health! Resources for Teaching Health Narratives in English and Spanish.” The three-year project will create a digital database of course materials and other resources for developing and teaching courses in areas of narrative medicine and health humanities to undergraduates and health professionals across the U.S. They also will develop and conduct workshops at conferences and with community groups to encourage the use of oral and written narratives as ways to understand and deal with health, illness, grief, and caregiving. Melissa Febos Melissa Febos, associate professor in the Nonfiction Writing Program, was awarded a $25,000 Literature Fellowship grant for creative writing by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The goal of the NEA Literature Fellowship program is to encourage the production of new work and allow writers the time and means to write. Many recipients have gone on to receive the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and Fiction. Febos provided the statement to the NEA: “What an honor to be supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, for the gift of money which becomes time in which to ruminate, whisper, read, and wander through a set of new ideas. In this case, it will be those pertaining to my fifth book: a long essay that combines memoir and research to examine the global history of female celibacy, and more broadly, divestment as a feminist practice. When I got news of this gift, I almost immediately imagined my child self—who was exactly as prone as I am now to rumination and wandering and craving the time to drift through new ideas—and thought, ‘Look’!” Colin Gordon Colin Gordon, F. Wendell Miller Professor of History, was recently announced by the Russell Sage Foundation as one of their fourteen visiting scholars for the 2022-2023 academic year. The fellowship provides a unique opportunity for select scholars in the social, economic, political and behavioral sciences to pursue their data analysis and writing while in residence at the foundation’s headquarters in New York City. Remarkably, this new award follows the completion of Gordon’s 2021 NEH fellowship; a continuing demonstration of the esteem in which his work is held. Gordon will work on a book examining racial restrictions on property in the city and county of St. Louis. He will use a mixed methods approach that combines archival work with property records, statistical analysis of race-restrictions in these records, and digital mapping of these restrictions to explore their origins, spread, and impact on racial and spatial inequality.
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