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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.

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. 

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.

Aline Gubrium Co-Authors Op-Ed on Milwaukee Teen Pregnancy Awareness Program

Aline Gubrium, Associate Professor of Community Health Education and current ISI Value fellow, and Betsy Krause, Professor of Anthropology, published an op-ed in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Jan. 22 in which they characterize the teen pregnancy awareness campaign launched by the United Way of Greater Milwaukee as cruel and misguided.

Herter Gallery to Host Exhibit by Max Page

UMass's Herter Gallery is hosting the exhibit "Deafening Silence: The Strange Career of Mussolini's Legacy in Rome" by current ISI Value fellow and Professor of architecture Max Page (January 22-February 22, 2015). Using recent photographs, professor Page documents those aspects of Rome's architectural legacy bequeathed by Mussolini. The exhibition was made possible in part by the research allowance ISI makes available to its fellows each year.

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