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.

Stephen Clingman Authors Memoir, 'Birthmark'

When Clingman was two, he underwent an operation to remove a birthmark under his right eye. The operation failed, and the birthmark returned, but in somewhat altered form. In his book, Clingman takes the fact of that mark – its appearance, disappearance and return – as a guiding motif of memory. This is how we remember the worlds we are born into, how they become a set of images in the mind, surfacing and resurfacing across time and space. South Africa under apartheid was itself governed by the markings of birth – the accidents of color, race, and skin.

Ervin Staub Publishes "The Roots of Goodness and Resistance to Evil"

Former ISI fellow and Professor Emeritus of Psychology Ervin Staub recently published his new book, The Roots of Goodness and Resistance to Evil. In this book, Ervin Staub draws on his extensive experiences in scholarship and intervention to illuminate the socializing experiences, education, and trainings that lead children and adults to become helpers/active bystanders and rescuers, acting to prevent violence and create peaceful and harmonious societies. 

Britt Rusert Awarded Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Essay Prize

Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies Britt Rusert was awarded the 2014 Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS) essay prize for her essay "Delany's Comet: Fugitive Science and the Speculative Imaginary of Emancipation." The prize recognizes excellence in interdisciplinary scholarship on any nineteenth-century topic. Last year "Delany's Comet" also received finalist mention for the Constance Rourke Prize, awarded by the American Studies Association (ASA) for the best article published in American Quarterly.

Jenny Adams Wins NEH Summer Stipend, Distinguished Teaching Award

Associate Professor of English Jenny Adams (a current fellow of the ISI Faculty Seminar on "Value") was awarded a Summer Stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities to undertake a project titled, "Student Debt and University Life in Medieval Oxford." Professor Adams credits the ISI Faculty Seminar with helping her lay the groundwork for her application. 

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