Faculty members Bell, Holmes named fellows of Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers

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Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications

Princeton faculty members David Bell and Brooke Holmes have been named fellows of the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. The award is given to independent scholars, academics and creative writers whose work will benefit directly from access to the collections at the center at The New York Public Library in New York City. 

The 2018 class of fellows will be in residence at the Cullman Center from September 2018 through May 2019. Each fellow receives a stipend, a private office in the Cullman Center’s quarters at the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, and full access to the renowned research collections and resources there, as well as the assistance of the library’s curatorial and reference staff.

David Bell

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David Bell

Bell is the Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor in the Era of North Atlantic Revolutions, professor of history and director of the Center for Collaborative History. He is a historian of modern Europe, whose particular interest is the political culture of the Old Regime and the French Revolution. Among his books are "The First Total War: Napoleon’s Europe and the Making of Warfare as We Know It" and "Shadows of Revolution: Reflections on France, Past and Present." He writes regularly for publications including the Nation, the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books.

Bell was named the John and Constance Birkelund Fellow of the Cullman Center for his book "The Idols of the Age of Revolution: Charisma and Power in the Atlantic World, 1750-1830," forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Brooke Holmes

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Brooke Holmes

Holmes is the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities, professor of classics and director of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities. Her research explores the Greco-Roman roots of Western ideas about the physical body, the natural world, matter and the non-human, and especially the problems these ideas create for concepts of the subject, ethics and politics. She is the author of "The Symptom and the Subject: The Emergence of the Physical Body in Ancient Greece" and "Gender: Antiquity and its Legacy." She has been awarded fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study, the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She recently held a three-year Mellon New Directions Fellowship. She is among four Princeton faculty members who were awarded 2018 Guggenheim Fellowships earlier this month.

At the Cullman Center, Holmes will be working on the project "The Tissue of the World: Sympathy and the Nature of Nature in Greco-Roman Antiquity," which explores sympathy in the human and non-human worlds in Greco-Roman natural philosophy, medicine, natural history and pastoral poetry.

The Cullman Center fosters an atmosphere of creative and scholarly collaboration both within the library and in the larger cultural environment of New York, through informal lunch-time talks and public Conversations from the Cullman Center, a series of free evening programs that focus on the books fellows worked on while in residence at the New York Public Library.

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