Michael Cohen is an assistant professor in the newly created Department of Jewish Studies. Having already completed his first book, The Birth of Conservative Judaism: Solomon Schechter’s Disciples and the Creation of an American Religious Movement, forthcoming from Columbia University Press, he is now turning his attention to a new book-length project that will explore the role of Jews in the cotton industry from 1840-1900. In his study, he will argue that the flow of capital between North and South led to a Jewish middle class in the Gulf South while simultaneously fueling anti-Semitism and the rise of such groups as the Klan. Previously winning a Monroe Fellowship, Michael has already given several conference papers on this subject. With the Glick Fellowship, he will travel to the American Jewish Archives and Harvard Business School’s Baker Library.
Meg Butler is an assistant professor in the Department of Classical Studies. Her research was recently recognized through a prestigious ACLS Fellowship. Prof. Butler is working on a book manuscript entitled, “The King’s Canvas: The Transformation of Ancient Macedon.” In it, she looks at the institutional change that led to the emergence of Macedon as a major power in the fourth-century BCE Aegean world. Unlike past studies of Macedon, her work places it in an Aegean-wide geographic context and looks at it through an institutional, rather than Great Man, context. She is the author of several articles and has given numerous invited talks. With the funds from the Glick Fellowship, she will be able to create special maps outlining archaeological sites, upgrade her software to allow for better visual representations of burial sites and traditions, and travel to the Blegen Library in Athens.
Michael Syrimis was recently tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of French and Italian. His first book, The Great Black Spider on Its Knock-Kneed Tripod: Reflections of in Early Twentieth-Century Italy, is forthcoming from University of Toronto Press. In addition, he has published numerous articles on Italian cinema. His new project, entitled, “Pirandellism and the Senses: Literature, Cinema, and the Nation in 1930s Italy,” looks at three aspects of cinema: literary adaptations, “white telephone” comedies, and historical films. He believes his project will contribute to the growing scholarly field of popular Italian culture under Fascism. The Glick Fellowship will allow him to return to Rome to complete his research as well as write the first section of his book.
N. Frank Ukadike is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication. He is the author of two books, Black African Cinema (University of California Press, 1994); Questioning African Cinema: Conversations with Filmmakers (University of Minnesota Press, 2002), and the editor of a forthcoming volume Breaking Canons: New Approaches to African Cinema Discourse (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming), as well as numerous journal articles, book chapters, and lectures. He is currently working on a new book, “Nollywood’s Wondrous Worlds: Myths, Realities, Formulas, and Contemporary Nigerian Cinema.” The project will examine contemporary video works made in Nigeria from 1990 to the present. Through this study, he hopes to extend the traditional media map to include so-called marginal areas into the international and trans-cultural histories of representation. With the Glick Fellowship, he will be able to travel to Nigeria and conduct research in the archives of the Nigerian National Censors Board. Once he has completed his research, he plans to donate the videos used for this project to The School of Liberal Art's African and African Diaspora Program for teaching and research.
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