Haverford Faculty Receive Pew Grants
Two members of the Haverford faculty have received grants from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
Poet and critic Thomas Devaney, a visiting assistant professor of English and writing, has been awarded a Pew Fellowship in poetry. Devaney is the author of The American Pragmatist Fell in Love, A Series of Small Boxes, and, most recently, Calamity Jane. The Picture That Remains features Devaney’s poems in a collaboration with Philadelphia photographer Will Brown.
In his teaching at Haverford, Devaney has worked with his students and the Arboretum Association to create “Under an Oak: A Trees Poetry Tour,” and assigned his first year Writing Seminar students to blog about a book they chose from the College’s rare books collection. Devaney is also the editor of ONandOnScreen, an e-journal featuring poems and videos. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing at Brooklyn College, CUNY.
Paul Farber, visiting assistant professor of writing and fellow in the Writing Program, has received a discovery grant in the Pew’s Exhibitions & Public Interpretation program for a collaboration with Ken Lum, professor of fine arts at the University of Pennsylvania, and A. Will Brown, curatorial assistant for contemporary art at the Rhode Island School of Design. With Lum and Brown, Farber is co-curator of a large-scale project intended for Philadelphia titled Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia. This project has received support from the City of Philadelphia's Office of the Creative Economy in City Hall, the Penn Institute for Urban Research, and the Mural Arts Program.
Farber has published several pieces on the cultural implications of urban architectures and ecologies, in particular on the Berlin Wall and the March on Washington. In conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, he will also curate an exhibition for the Goethe-Institut in Washington, D.C., titled The Wall in Our Heads: American Artists and the Berlin Wall, which will run from Oct. 25–Dec. 15, 2014. A group of Haverford students from Farber’s writing seminars will collaborate on a digital component for this exhibition. This project will also sponsor artist Stephanie Syjuco in a Mellon Creative Residency at Haverford, which will produce “American Rubble,” a recontextualization of Lancaster Avenue as a “post-industrial landscape,” in which students will also take part.
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, established in 2005, is dedicated to stimulating a vibrant cultural community in the greater Philadelphia region. The Center makes project grants in two areas, Performance and Exhibitions & Public Interpretation, as well as awarding grants to individual artists through Pew Fellowships.