Scholars’ Research on Africana History and Culture Supported
WASHINGTON (July 11, 2014)--Three Howard University faculty members and seven other scholars have been selected to receive the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center’s (MSRC) 2014 Summer Faculty Scholars Awards and Travel-to-Collections Grants, respectively.
The awards of up to $2,500 each are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Friends of Moorland-Spingarn. They are intended to promote scholarship on important questions pertaining to African, African-American, and African Diasporan history and culture based on the unique holdings of the MSRC.
The faculty awardees will spend a one-month residency onsite at the Center, supported by its curators and archivists, as they conduct research utilizing its collections. The visiting scholars will spend their residencies at the MSRC during the 2014-15 academic year.
“The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center has an incredibly rich and underutilized collection of books, photos and primary documents on the Black experience,” according to Center Director Howard Dodson. “These grants are intended to encourage and support scholars at Howard and beyond whose projects would benefit from access to our collections.”
Dana Williams, Ph.D., head of the University’s English Department, chaired the selection committee for the grants, which included Greg Carr, Ph.D., chair of the Department of African Studies, and Stefan Wheelock, Ph.D., an English professor at George Mason University. Williams noted that the pool of applicants for the faculty grants “reflects the strength of scholarship being done at Howard and that must be done by Howard scholars.” However, all of the proposals, in her view, reveal “the centrality of Moorland-Spingarn's holdings to any serious analysis of so much of the 20th-century intellectual life at Howard and elsewhere.”
The Summer Faculty Scholar awardees and their projects are:
Meta Jones, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of English: “Thawing the Time: Frozen Creativity of Amiri Baraka’s Poetry”
Jennifer Thomas, Ph.D., a journalism professor in the School of Communications: “Gravity and Grace of the Gridiron Queen: The Legacy of Miss Howard University”
Dr. Lorenzo Morris, Ph.D., a senior professor in the Department of Political Science: “The Scholar Activist: Howard University Political Science in the Ralph Bunche Century”
The Travel-to-Collections grantees and projects are:
Keisha N. Blain, Ph.D., of Pennsylvania State University’s Department of African-American Studies: “Black Women, Radical Politics, and the Gendered Contours of Internationalism”
Heather M. Butts, J.D., M.P.H., a professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University: “African-American Medicine in Washington, D.C.: Healing the Capital During the Civil War Era”
Miya Carey, a doctoral student in the Department of History at Rutgers University: “That Charm of All Girlhood: African-American Girls and Girlhood in Washington, D.C., 1930-1970”
Derrais Carter, Ph.D., of Portland State University’s Department of Black Studies: “Mixed Ambitions: The Moens Scandal, Black Elites, and Uplift in the Nation’s Capital”
Jacquilin Reeves Reynolds, Esq., an independent scholar from Claxton, Georgia: “Alpha Women: The Leadership and Legacy of Delta Women on the Campus of Howard University”
Dr. Rosetta Ross, professor of religion at Spelman College: “Ethical Considerations of the Life, Times, and Work of Ruby R. H. Harley”
Dr. Florence M. Turcotte, a special and area studies collections librarian at the University of Florida: “Dear Godmother: A Study of White Female Patronage in the Life and Career of Zora Neale Hurston”
ABOUT THE MOORLAND-SPINGARN RESEARCH CENTER
The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, celebrating its 100th anniversary during the 2014-15 academic year, is one of the world’s largest repositories of archival materials attesting to the history and culture of African people in the Americas and globally.
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at www.howard.edu.