College Names Eight Kellogg Fellows in the Humanities
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Middlebury College has selected eight students to receive Kellogg fellowships for the 2017-18 summer and academic year. The Kellogg program is designed to support seniors engaged in research in the humanities.
Recipients of Kellogg fellowships receive up to $5,000 to support their travel and research, which can be conducted during the summer and/or during the academic year.
“Students who have received this fellowship found it to be a tremendous gift, providing the time, space and financial resources to pursue aspects of their research that they would not have been able to otherwise,” said Lisa Gates, associate dean for fellowships and research.
The Kellogg fellowship recognizes student excellence in the humanities and areas of humanistic inquiry, and provides them with financial support to pursue in-depth research for their senior work. The funding allows students to travel, attend conferences and workshops relevant to their areas of focus, visit archives, and spend time in the summer reading, creating, or thinking
“It’s an important affirmation of the humanities in particular,” said Gates, “and the importance of studying questions related to how we see our world and ourselves, how we create and understand meaning.”
This year’s recipients and their projects are as follows:
Bernardo Andrade ’18, a philosophy major, plans to attend a four-day conference at the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice for his project titled “Ethics as First Philosophy: Responses to Skepticism in Levinas and Cavell.” His faculty advisor is Professor Emeritus Stanley Bates.
Claire Borre ’18, an art history and Italian major, plans to visit the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles for her project titled “The Female Figure in the Arte Povera Movement: Marisa Merz and the Role of the Feminine Body in her Art.” Her faculty advisor is Professor Kirsten Hoving.
James Callison ’17.5, a political science and sociology/anthropology major, plans to study “Refugees and Immigrants in Politics and the Media” from the perspective of the United States and United Kingdom. His faculty advisor is Professor Erik Bleich.
Madison Hampton ’18, a history of art and architecture major, plans to conduct research in Japan and New Mexico on the topic “Experience as a New Language.” Her faculty advisor is Associate Professor Eliza Garrison.
Hayk Harutyunyan ’18, a religion major, plans to conduct eight weeks of research in Oxford, U.K., on “Coming to Grips with Truth: The Existential Dimension of Paul Tillich’s Theology of Culture.” His faculty advisor is Professor James Calvin Davis.
John Husson ’17.5, an East Asian studies major, plans to conduct research in China for his project titled “Learning as The Path: Neo- and New Confucian Understandings of Education and Self-Cultivation.” His faculty advisor is Professor Don Wyatt.
Anja Kuipers ’18, an English and American Literatures major, plans to attend the New England Center for Circus Arts and the Montreal Cirque Festival, and then compose a series of poems for her project titled “Distorting, Contorting, Breaking Form: Exploring the Female Body Through Poetry and Circus.” Her faculty advisor is Visiting Assistant Professor Karin Gottshall.
Priyanjali Sinha ’18, an anthropology major, plans to conduct research in south central India for her project “Adaptation and Resistance: Changing Beliefs and Practices of Menstruation in Rural Maharashtra.” Her faculty advisor is Assistant Professor Jennifer Ortegren.
Newly named fellows Borre, Hampton, and Harutyunyan are studying abroad this semester.
The Kellogg Fellowship program at Middlebury College was established in 2014 in honor of Michael Kellogg, the husband of Lucy Pugh ’79 and father of Baird Kellogg ’10 and Camille Kellogg ’17.