Libraries Announce 2016 Du Bois Library Fellowship Recipients

John Hyland, left, and Nicholas Rinehart
John Hyland, left, and Nicholas Rinehart

As part of their mission to support scholarship emanating from the life and teachings of W.E.B. Du Bois, the UMass Amherst Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) and the W.E.B. Du Bois Center have named two 2016 Du Bois Library Fellowship recipients.

Each will receive a stipend of $2,500 for a four-week residency during the 2016-17 academic year. At the end of their residency, the fellows will deliver a public talk presenting their research.

John Hyland teaches at Haverford College. His project, “The forest of melody: Black Diasporic Poetics and the Sounding of the Environment,” draws its title from the closing chapter of“The Souls of Black Folk,”“Of the Sorrow Songs,” where Du Bois details the spiritual landscape and physical geography of the slave songs.

Nicholas Rinehart is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University. His project surveys Du Bois’ longstanding preoccupation with theater and with dramatic literature more broadly.

Since 2011, the Du Bois Library Fellowships have provided early-career scholars with support for conducting research in Special Collections. Fellows are selected based upon the potential of the proposal to contribute to scholarship, its exploration of the major themes that characterize Du Bois’ scholarship and activism, and the need for the use of SCUA’s unique collections.