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Obermann Center awards 1998 research grants to faculty
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced
Studies has awarded its 1998 Interdisciplinary Research Grants to five
UI faculty members.
The program provides summer stipends for interdisciplinary scholarship
undertaken at the Obermann Center by two or more UI faculty members. Each
collaborator must demonstrate a particular disciplinary contribution to
the project. The program is supported by the Office of the Vice President
for Research and by the Graduate College.
This year's recipients are: Brooks Landon, professor of English; Lauren
Rabinovitz, associate professor of American Studies and Communication Studies;
Cinzia Blum, associate professor of French and Italian; David Depew, professor
of Communication Studies and Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry; and Russell
Valentino, assistant professor of Russian.
Landon and Rabinovitz will collaborate on a project titled, "Text
and Time Machine: The World's Columbian Exposition," which will use
a multimedia environment to examine the 1893 Chicago World's Columbian
Exposition as a symbol of American modernity. Blum, Depew, and Valentino
will work on a project titled, "Carlo Michelstaedter's Persuasione
e rettorica: An Annotated Translation," which will result in the
first English translation of the 1910 work.
Jay Semel, director of the Obermann Center, said that earlier projects
funded by the center have resulted in numerous jointly-written articles
and books, as well as grants totaling more than $2 million from federal
and foundation sources including the National Endowment for the Humanities,
the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education.