Alison Staudinger, an assistant professor in Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, has been selected as an National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar.
Selected from a national applicant pool, Staudinger will attend one of 30 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities and cultural institutions, so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.
Staudinger will participate in an institute entitled “Reconsidering Flannery O’Connor.” The four-week program will be held in Milledgeville, Ga., at Georgia College and State University, and will be co-directed by Prof. Marshall Bruce Gentry of Georgia College and State University and Prof. Robert Donahoo of Sam Houston State University. Summer Scholars will attend 10 lectures, participate in seminars conducted by four leading O’Connor scholars, and spend a week working with materials available to scholars only through the Georgia College library. They also will work with renowned O’Connor scholars Gary M. Ciuba, Doreen Fowler, Brad Gooch and Virginia Wray.
The 25 teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a stipend of $3,300 to cover their travel, study and living expenses.
Topics for the 30 seminars and institutes offered for college and university teachers this summer are as follows: Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia: Literature, the arts, and cinema since independence; American Maritime People; America’s East Central Europeans: Migration and memory; Arts, architecture and devotional interaction in England, 1200–1600; Black aesthetics and African diasporic culture; Bridging national borders in North America; Dante’s Divine Comedy: Poetry, philosophy and the city of Florence; Daoist literature and history; George Herbert and Emily Dickinson; Jewish Buenos Aires; The Late Ottoman and Russian Empires: Citizenship, belonging and difference; Mapping nature across the Americas; The meanings of property; Medieval political philosophy: Islamic, Jewish and Christian; Mississippi in the national civil rights narrative; The Mongols, Eurasia and global history; Mortality: Facing death in ancient Greece; Performing Dickens: Oliver Twist and Great Expectations on page, stage and screen; Pictorial histories and myths: “Graphic novels” of the Mixtecs and Aztecs; Problems in the study of religion; Reconsidering Flannery O’Connor; Reform and renewal in medieval Rome; Representations of the “other”: Jews in medieval England; Socrates; Tudor books and readers: 1485–1603; The federal government and the American West; The visual culture of the American Civil War; Westward expansion and the Constitution in the early American republic; World War I and the arts; World War I in the Middle East.
The approximately 437 NEH Summer Scholars who participate in these programs of study will teach more than 113,925 American students the following year.