Monday, May 5, 2014

Angie Estes Selected as an NEH Summer Scholar

Angie Estes, MFA poetry faculty member, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 30 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions, so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Angie Estes will participate in a (seminar or institute) entitled “Arts, Architecture, and Devotional Interaction." The four-week program will be held at the University of York, York, England and directed by Dr. Sarah Blick (Kenyon College) and Dr. Laura Gelfand (Utah State University).

The 16 teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a stipend of $3300 to cover their travel, study, and living expenses.

Topics for the 30 seminars and institutes offered for college and university teachers this summer include Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia: literature, the arts, and cinema since independence; American Maritime People; America's East Central Europeans: migration and memory; arts, architecture, and devotional interaction in England, 1200–1600; black aesthetics and African diasporic culture; bridging national borders in North America; Dante’s Divine Comedy: poetry, philosophy, and the city of Florence; Daoist literature and history; George Herbert and Emily Dickinson; Jewish Buenos Aires; the Late Ottoman and Russian Empires: citizenship, belonging and difference; mapping nature across the Americas; the meanings of property; medieval political philosophy: Islamic, Jewish, and Christian; Mississippi in the national civil rights narrative; the Mongols, Eurasia, and global history; mortality: facing death in ancient Greece; performing Dickens: Oliver Twist and Great Expectations on page, stage, and screen; pictorial histories and myths: “graphic novels” of the Mixtecs and Aztecs; problems in the study of religion; reconsidering Flannery O'Connor; reform and renewal in medieval Rome; representations of the “other”: Jews in medieval England; Socrates; Tudor books and readers: 1485–1603; the federal government and the American West; the visual culture of the American Civil War; westward expansion and the Constitution in the early American republic; World War I and the arts; World War I in the Middle East.

The approximately 437 NEH Summer Scholars who participate in these programs of study will teach over 113,925 American students the following year.

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Angie Estes, poet and independent scholar, also teaches poetry writing at Ashland University and lectures nationally on the relationship between poetry, the visual arts, and medieval and Renaissance culture. During the NEH Summer Seminar at York, England, “Arts, Architecture, and Devotional Interaction in England, 1200-1600,” she will be working on her sixth book of poetry, which focuses on the poem as an interactive site of meditation and performative pilgrimage.

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