Achievements

With its more than one hundred fellows to date, the ISI has hosted some of the most active and successful of our colleagues on campus. In many cases their projects, under development in an ISI seminar, have come to fruition in scholarly or creative arenas. While we do not claim credit for all successes or special recognitions, we are proud to list some of the achievements of our ISI community here.

Former ISHA Fellow Whitney Battle-Baptiste Panelist at Conference on Black Religious Traditions

Former ISHA and ISI Fellow, professor of anthropology and director of the W.E.B. DuBois Center Whitney Battle-Baptiste appeared on a panel during a two-day academic conference on the relationship between black religious traditions and material objects hosted by the new Center for the Study of African American Religious Life (CSAARL) at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C. Battle-Baptiste spoke about the importance of material culture as a physical connection between our past and present.

Laura Furlan publishes Indigenous Cities: Urban Indian Fiction and the Histories of Relocation

Laura Furlan, current ISI Faculty Fellow, recently celebrated the publication of her latest book, Indigenous Cities: Urban Indian Fiction and the Histories of Relocation, in which she demonstrates that stories of the urban experience are essential to an understanding of modern Indigeneity. More information about the book is available on the website of the University of Nebraska Press website. 

ISI 'Dissent' fellow, Malcolm Sen, interviewed by the Chicago Review of Books

In May of 2017, the Chicago Review of Books published an interview with current ISI ‘Dissent’ fellow  Malcolm Sen (English) about the role of literature in our collective understanding of climate change, and specifically about the importance of climate change fiction (“cli-fi”) and its social and artistic relevance. 

A message from Stephen Clingman

As I contemplate stepping down as Director of the ISI at the end of June, it’s amazing to think that in our two incarnations (ISHA/ISI), we have been under way since 2001. In that time we have hosted close to 170 fellows in our faculty seminars. We have had a run of successful residencies with such figures as Caryl Phillips, Jean and John Comaroff, and (most recently) Daniel Kanstroom. We have held lectures, workshops and community meetings, and cosponsored significant events across campus. We have hosted national and international symposia on Chinua Achebe and James Foley.

For me it has been an honor, a pleasure, and a privilege to be part of it all, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I am grateful to a succession of Provosts and Deans for funding us. I am grateful to an extraordinary run of graduate assistants whose help has been invaluable over the years. I am deeply grateful to the members of the ISHA and ISI boards, who have been a collegial and intellectual family in this project. And I am grateful to everyone in the ISI community for your generosity, energy, friendship, tolerance and enthusiasm in our collective inquiries and engagement. I have learned an enormous amount from our exchanges; it has been a thrill to get to know you.

John Kingston has been with us from the start, and I know that with him at the helm, the ISI will be in the best of hands. I look forward to seeing the institute’s sustained programs and new directions over the next phase of its existence. Here’s to a brilliant and enriching future, ISI!

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