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 Participates in Colloquium Honoring Anti-Apartheid Hero Bram Fischer

Professor of English and ISI Director Stephen Clingman was an invited participant at a March 26 special colloquium honoring Bram Fischer at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Fischer was the lawyer who led the defense of Nelson Mandela and the other accused at the Rivonia Trial in 1964. He is now regarded as one the major heroes of the South African anti-apartheid struggle. After the colloquium, Fischer was awarded a posthumous honorary doctorate of law by the University of the Witwatersrand. Clingman's biography of Fischer, "Bram Fischer: Afrikaner Revolutionary," won the Sunday Times/Alan Paton Award in 1999. 

Former ISI Fellow John Higginson Celebrates Publication of Book

On February 6th, former ISI fellow John Higginson celebrated the publication of his new book, Collective Violence & the Agrarian Origins of South African Apartheid, 1900-1948. Higginson teaches in the History Department here at the University of Massachusetts and is a research Fellow in the College of Human Sciences and in the Department of History at the University of South Africa in Pretoria. 

Mari Castañeda Appointed As First Chancellor's Leadership Fellow

Mari Castañeda, Professor of Communication and former ISI fellow has been appointed as the first Chancellor's Leadership Fellow, effective at the beginning of the spring semester. Castañeda will be mentored by John McCarthy, dean of the Graduate School. Mari will be developing and implementing a new Preparing Future Faculty program as well as participating in planning and decision-making. Her term runs through the fall semester.

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