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2016 - 2017
January - June 2017
Dr. LaShonda Katrice Barnett (Ph.D., American Studies, College of William and Mary) is a novelist and playwright who joins the DePaul Humanities Center as a Visiting Fellow from January-June 2017. Her debut novel Jam on the Vine (Grove Atlantic 2015), was an Editor's Choice pick at the Chicago Tribune, was awarded the Stonewall Honor Award by the American Library Association, won Elle Magazine’s Belle Lettres 2015 Reader’s Prize, and earned her the Emerging Writers Award at the 2015 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. A scholar of music of the African diaspora, Barnett has conducted over 100 interviews with women musicians, resulting in the volumes, I Got Thunder: Black Women Songwriters On Their Craft (2007) and Off The Record: Conversations with African American and Brazilian Women Musicians (2015). While affiliated with the DHC, Barnett will be working on a biography of native-Chicagoan jazz vocalist, Abbey Lincoln (1930-2010).
2015 - 2016
Stefan Vander Elst is Associate Professor of English at the University of San Diego, and Director of USD’s Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Professor Vander Elst’s time as a Visiting Fellow at the DHC is focused on the completion of his book, The Knight, The Cross, and the Song: Chivalric Literature and Crusade Propaganda, Twelfth–Fourteenth Centuries. This book will be the first work to discuss systematically the influence of secular literary forms on Crusade propaganda and ideology in the Middle Ages. Though most contemporary scholarship regards the Crusade as primarily a religious concern, Professor Vander Elst argues that from the very beginning of the Crusades both clerical and lay propaganda used chivalric literature to appeal to issues beyond religious devotion as parallel motivations for the Crusades, including imagined territorial rights, national exceptionalism, duty to family, and—due to the influence and increasing popularity of chivalric romance among knights—notions of love and “secular adventure in the service of women.”
As an actor in the Théâtre du Soleil, Georges Bigot performed under the direction of Ariane Mnouchkine from 1981 to 1992, notably in Richard II and Henry IV by William Shakespeare. In 1986, he received the National Critics Syndicate’s award for best actor for his role of King Norodom Sihanouk. A frequent collaborator with Helene Cixous and Tim Robbins, Bigot is known not only as an acclaimed actor, but as a dancer, director, and producer. Bigot has directed several theater stages around the world (USA, Brazil, Chile, Singapore, Mali, Cambodia, France, etc.) and has taught at the University of Bordeaux III from 1993 to 2001 where he federated the actors who later formed Le Petit Theatre de Pain. During his tenure as a Visiting International Fellow at the DHC, Bigot will be conducting a mask-making workshop and holding open rehearsals, collaborating with DePaul, The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and Theatre Y in an upcoming stage production.
2014 - 2015
Taja-Nia Y. Henderson is an associate professor of law at Rutgers School of Law, Newark, New Jersey. Her teaching and research interests are in legal history, property (including slavery around the world), punishment and prisoner reentry. Professor Henderson's work has appeared in N.Y.U. Law Review, Lewis & Clark Law Review, Columbia Journal of Race & Law, Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class, and the Law & History Review. During her time with the Humanities Center, she will continue work on a book manuscript from her dissertation, "Crucibles of Discontent: Penal Practice in the Shadow of Slavery, Virginia, 1796-1865."
2012 - 2014
2012 - 2013
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