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Four UI professors win prestigious NEH fellowships
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Four University of Iowa faculty members are among
the recipients of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities
announced this week. The NEH awarded $30,000 each to Kathleen Diffley,
associate professor of English; Henry Horwitz, professor of history; Leslie
Schwalm, associate professor of history; and Katherine Tachau, professor
Only three other universities in the country had four or more winners
in this NEH competition. Both Harvard and Indiana Universities had four
awardees and the University of Michigan had six award winners.
These awards are among $8.7-million in grants and fellowships from the
NEH to 173 individual scholars and 10 colleges and universities nationwide.
In the last several years, competition for funding from the national endowments
has grown fiercer than ever as Congress has slashed the budgets for both
the NEH and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Shelton Stromquist, UI history department chair, and Dee Morris, UI
English department chair, praised their faculty members' achievements.
"For three members of a single department to win prestigious NEH
fellowships in one year is truly a remarkable achievement," Stromquist
said. "It is testimony to the very high quality of their scholarship.
But their individual achievement also speaks to the commitment of this
department, the College of Liberal Arts and the university to fostering
an environment in which nationally-acclaimed research nourishes a high
standard of undergraduate and graduate teaching."
Both Stromquist and Morris said the award-winning scholarship in their
departments will not only enhance the national and international reputation
of the UI, but will also enrich in significant ways the teaching of Iowa
Morris said, "This is a real honor and tribute to Professor Diffley,
an excellent scholar, an exemplary teacher, and an academic leader."
Diffley will use her NEH award to complete the second book in a projected
three-volume study entitled "Making War Civil." The first book
in the series was also funded by an NEH award. Her project is titled, "The
Fateful Lightning: Civil War Stories and the Literary Marketplace, 1861-1876."
Horwitz will use his NEH fellowship to do research on English legal
history of the period 1689 to 1760 for a volume he has been commissioned
to write in the "New Oxford History of the Laws of England."
Schwalm's project is titled, "Redefining the Battlefield: Slavery
and Freedom on a Midwestern Home Front during the Civil War." Having
written a prize-winning study of the transition from slavery to freedom
in South Carolina, Schwalm has begun a major social history of Northerners'
--including Iowans'--participation in the dismantling of slavery. The
process of emancipation directly affected their lives and their communities
in ways that have not been fully examined and studied.
Tachau will complete the research and writing for a book titled, "Bible
Lesson for Kings: Scholars and Friars in 13th-Century Paris and the Creation
of the BIBLES MORALISEES," about four early-13th century illuminated
manuscripts. She plans to study the roles these manuscripts may have played
in shaping French royal policy toward teaching at the nascent University
of Paris and toward nonbelievers in the French realm.