Hurford Center Summer 2015 Funding Announcement
This summer the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities will support 33 students across a range of internships, faculty assistantships, and research and media production fellowships.
This summer the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities (HCAH) will support 34 students across a range of internships, faculty assistantships, and research and media production fellowships. These programs offer students apprenticeships at arts, culture, and research organizations; partnerships with faculty in developing humanistic research and curricula; and opportunities to engage in dynamic and independent scholarship and artistic creation at the undergraduate level.
For summer 2015, HCAH is co-sponsoring three new initiatives:
- HCAH-CPGC Joint International Arts Internship“Divided City: Friends of Mauerpark”: A 10-week internship with Friends of Mauerpark, a NGO and community organization in Berlin, Germany.
- Early Novels Database (END) Student Fellowship: END is a bibliographic database and archival project based on the Collection of British and American Fiction 1660-1830 held by the University of Pennsylvania's Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
- Documentary Video Collaboration with the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance: Student filmmakers will produce a series of films about alternative economies in Philadelphia, supported by Haverford faculty Craig Borowiak (Political Science) and Vicky Funari (artist in residence) and sponsored by the HCAH, the CPGC, the Environmental Studies program, and the Office of the Provost.
In addition to these new initiatives, the HCAH is sponsoring new internships with Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia), the Smithsonian American Art Museum (DC); student research at the Library of Congress (DC) and the National Museum of American Jewish History; and creative/internship projects with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. We are committed to strong Haverford collaborations with arts and cultural organizations in the Philadelphia area and beyond.
Read below for the full list of students and faculty who are working with the Center and follow them throughout the summer on the HCAH blog Decentered.
Student Research Assistants (SRAs)
Charlotte Lellman '15 & Lisa Jane Graham (History)
Charlotte Lellman will create a database of one year's worth of police archives housed in the BibliothÃ¨que de l'Arsenal in Paris. This database will contribute to the first chapter of a book,“Debauchery and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century France,” and will be available for student and public access.
Maddie Backus '16 & Ken Koltun-Fromm (Religion)
Maddie Backus will work with two first-year Chesick Scholars to build an annotated bibliography about religion and comics, helping to create the syllabus for Koltun-Fromm's new course“Reading Comics and Religion,” as well as doing personal research in religion and comics.
Alex Smith '15 & Evelyne Laurent-Perrault (History)
Alex Smith will research interdisciplinary scholarly works about violence as consequential to the emergence of the Atlantic World in order to help conceive and organize an academic conference on the topic.
May Plumb '16 & Brook Lillehaugen (Linguistics)
May Plumb will help create a database of Zapotec manuscripts that will increase accessibility by providing transcriptions, translations, and linguistic analysis of multiple layers of the texts.
Maya Yu Zhang '15 & Victoria Funari (Documentary Film)
Maya Yu Zhang will help research and choose films and readings for Vicky Funari's new course on Global Documentary Cinema as well as help with the post-production of her current film.
Daisuke Nakayama '18 & Hank Glassman (East Asian Languages and Cultures)
Daisuke Nakayama will help research the history and culture surrounding Japanese gorintÅ, a certain kind of stone grave monument. Daisuke will use Zotero to help manage research items, proofread drafts, and perform other editorial and organizational tasks to help with the research.
Connor Odekirk '15 & Tim Harte (Russian)
Connor Odekirk will assist in research for Harte's book on the artistic treatment of sports in early 20th-century Russian culture. Odekirk will look into the history of St. Petersburg's Tenishev School, the connections between Nabokov and Jack London, and pre-Revolutionary circus wrestling matches.
Yuyan Ji '16 & Ana LÏŒpez-SÃ¡nchez (Spanish)
Yuyan Ji will help identify texts appropriate for SÃ¡nchez's courses, create activities for Intermediate Spanish, as well as write annotated bibliographies on the research and proofread the manuscript for SÃ¡nchez's book, Re-imagining Spanish Foreign-language Education for a Globalized World.
Haitong Xu '16 & Lisa McCormick (Sociology)
Haitong Xu will help with a project about China and international musical competitions, focusing on the Chinese musical public and culture codes used in competition discourse.
Zach Alden '17 & William Williams (Fine Arts)
Zach Alden will work in chemical and digital photography to organize and archive a collection of negatives stretching from the 60s to the present in preparation for future exhibitions and publications.
Alliyah Allen '18 & Paul Farber (Writing Program)
Alliyah Allen will assist Writing Fellow Paul Farber on Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia, a massive public art and urban research project he co-curated at Philadelphia's City Hall.
Julian Schneider '17 & Roy Ben-Shai (Peace, Justice, and Human Rights)
Julian Schneider will help do research and editing for Ben-Shai's book on the evolution of the concept of pathos in the philosophical tradition, starting with the Roman Stoics and early Christian theology and ending in the works of Martin Heidegger and Jean Amery.
The Hurford Center supports three types of internships: Philly Partners, Self-Designed, and positions with the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Summer Museum Studies Program.
The Philly Partners Program matches Haverford students with nationally recognized local organizations committed to intellectual and artistic engagement with undergraduates.
Courtney Lau '17 will assist both the Information Manager and the Festival Blog Manager in fact checking, proofreading, blurb writing, and using social media to promote the FringeArts Festival.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Claire Michel '18 will work in the Programs and Services Department under the Senior Director. Her main assignments will be updating and contributing to the sitePhilaPlace.org and choosing a subject to write a short story or essay about for the website.
The Library Company of Philadelphia
David Zabliski '17 will catalogue a collection of 19th-century stenographics of Philadelphia, focusing on texts and images that document domestic work done by women.
The Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Carolyn Woodruff '17 will help plan the museum's next permanent exhibit, a study of the flu epidemic of 1916; she will identify objects with storytelling potential, finding appropriate items for the collection in Historical Medical Library and suggesting concepts, themes, and stories for the exhibit.
The Humanities Council of Pennsylvania
Kevin Jin '17 will research the PHC's upcoming partnership with the National Humanities Alliance, work with the programs and communication staff on planning and implementing media projects, help build and maintain relationships with the press and the program's partners, assist in the planning, promotion, and implementation of the summer street festival, and prepare proposals for donors and funders.
Pig Iron Theatre Company
Thomas Sternberg '17 will work in the Development and Marketing Department, researching grants and prospective donors, maintaining the donor database, tracking and evaluating fundraising efforts, and working with web-based marketing, including the theatre's website and social media.
Brandon Alleyne '17 will be developing the Ward curriculum, expanding the project's oral history collection, producing short documentaries, and integrating individuals' personal stories with digital maps to show changes in Philadelphia neighborhoods.
Students independently identify arts and culture internship opportunities across the country in a competitive application process.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Courtney Carter '17 will intern in the Education Department at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C., assisting with the Summer Institute program“Teaching the Humanities Through Art.”
Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA (Co-sponsored by the CPGC)
Miriam Hwang-Carlos '17 will intern with Asian Arts Initiative, a multidisciplinary arts center that fosters connections between artistic expression, social justice, and the experiences of Asian Americans. Miriam will work closely with the Development and Programming Departments.
Philadelphia Museum of Art Museum Students Internship Program
The Center supports Haverford students accepted into the Philadelphia Museum of Art's prestigious Museum Studies Internship Program. Drawing from a national pool that includes art history graduate students, MBAs, and law students, the PMA offered internships to these Haverford students this summer:
Rachel Baron '15 - Communications Department
Cora Johnson-Grau '16 - Library and Archives
Dylan Kahn '16 - Department of American Art
Early Novels Database (END) Student Fellowship
END is a bibliographic database based on the Collection of British and American Fiction 1660-1830 held by the University of Pennsylvania's Rare Book & Manuscript Library. By offering human-generated and easy to manipulate sets of information about early novels, END offers a concrete solution inspired by sophisticated models of text searching that have existed for centuries. Project leads are Associate Professor Rachel Sagner Buurma, Swarthmore College and Jon Shaw, University of Pennsylvania Libraries.
Kat Poje '16
HCAH-CPGC Joint International Arts Internship
Divided City: Internship with Friends of Mauerpark
This summer, the CPGC and Hurford Center will co-sponsor a 10-week internship with Friends of Mauerpark, a NGO and community organization in Berlin, Germany. Friends of Mauerpark is dedicated to repurposing the former dividing line of the Berlin Wall into livable, usable urban space. Facilitated by Writing Fellow, Paul Farber
Daniel Rothschild '15
The Hurford Center's Summer Research Fellowships are competitive grants designed to support thesis-related or otherwise substantive research projects.
Classical Justifications for 12th-century Kingship, Haverford, PA
William Ristow '16 will conduct thesis research on the use of classical history to legitimize royal power during the reigns of King Henry II of England and King Philip Augustus of France. William will utilize museums in the greater Philadelphia region, including the Glencairn Museum, the museums of the University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College, and the Cloisters in New York City.
Jewish Planters, Jewish Identity, and Jewish Community in the Pre-Civil War Mississippi Delta Region
Laura Eckstein '16 will conduct thesis research on the influence of the Mississippi River on Southern Jewish identity and the cultural networks of Jewish planters in the Mississippi Delta region. Laura will make extensive use of various maps of the region and GIS, the Jewish Archives at Temple University, the National Museum of American Jewish History, and the Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Borders and Public Art in Philadelphia
Sarah Moses '16 will work on her senior thesis film, exploring how cultural and socioeconomic borders are constructed, revealed, and subverted through public art. Sarah will focus on the Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia.
Technologies of Experience: The Convergence of Edison's Early Motion Cinema and the American Railway System
Emma Lumeij '16 will conduct research at the Library of Congress to explore how the emergence of the American train system and Edison's kinetoscope reflected or influenced race and gender politics during the Jim Crow era.
Documentary Video Collaboration with the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance
This summer, student filmmakers will produce a series of promotional films and a short documentary about alternative economies in Philadelphia, working in partnership with the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, a 501(c3) nonprofit dedicated to supporting cooperatives. Supported by Haverford faculty Craig Borowiak (Political Science) and Vicky Funari (artist in residence), this project is sponsored by the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, the Environmental Studies program, and the Office of the Provost.
Anna Bullard-Werner '15
Nick Gandolfo-Lucia '16
Sarah Moses '16
David Roza '15