Libraries Award Du Bois Fellowships

October 2, 2013
W.E.B. Du Bois

Two doctoral students have been awarded W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowships and a third Ph.D. candidate has received an honorary fellowship to conduct research in the Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives.

The recipients of the fellowships are Horace D. Ballard Jr, Emahunn Raheem Ali Campbell, who will give talks in 2601 Du Bois Library on Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. Ballard will discuss “Ethics and Aesthetics; Citizenship and Form,” while Campbell will speak on “W.E.B. Du Bois’s Literary Interventions on Black Criminality.”

The short-term residential fellowships are open to full-time graduate students, faculty or independent scholars with a Ph.D. Fellows receive a stipend of $2,500 for a four-week residency.

Ballard is a doctoral candidate at Brown University in the programs of public humanities, history of art, and American studies. Ballard is taking a deeper look into Du Bois’ Berlin years to illuminate the ways music, fashion, and the visual arts of fin-de-siecle Europe influenced Du Bois’ thought. He is also a participant in “Du Bois in Our Time,” an art exhibitionpresented by the University Museum of Contemporary Art. He will give a public lecture, “Ethics of Beauty: Du Bois and the Importance of Photography,” on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 4:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center. 

Campbell is a doctoral candidate in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies. He examines the way in which 19th and early 20th century American literature and culture produce the subject “the black criminal.” Part of Campbell’s mission is to examine Du Bois’ early published and unpublished literary writings as interventions on his sociological and political texts on black crime, and to place these works in the larger discourse on criminality at the time. 

Daniel Chard, a doctoral student in the history department, received an honorary fellowship to explore the history of 1960s and ’70s radical groups  and investigate the origins of the first police institutions in the U.S. dedicated to domestic “counter-terrorism.” Chard is particularly interested in the Ray Levasseur trial transcript collection; the Christina Ryan collection of literature from the 1980s U.S. radical left; and the Daniel and Joyce Stokes collection, which features Into the Night, a newsletter centered on freedom for American political prisoners, as well as prison correspondence with Ray Levasseur and his co-defendant, Carol Manning. 

The deadline for applications for the fellowships is Feb. 14. For more information: http://bit.ly/dubois_fellowship

For more information, contact Rob Cox, head of Special Collections and University Archives, at 545-6842 or rscox@library.umass.edu.