Raleigh, NC (PressExposure) May 25, 2011 -- The National Humanities Center announces the appointment of 32 Fellows for the 2011-12 academic year. These leading scholars will come to the Center from the faculties of 21 colleges and universities in 10 states and also from universities in South Africa and the United Kingdom. Chosen from 404 applicants, they represent more than 11 fields of humanistic scholarship, including history, literature, philosophy, anthropology, art history, Asian studies, classics, French, Islamic studies, religion, and Slavic languages. Each Fellow will work on an individual research project and will have the opportunity to share ideas in seminars, lectures, and conferences at the Center.
These newly appointed Fellows will constitute the 34th class of resident scholars to be admitted since the Center opened in 1978. Geoffrey Harpham, director of the National Humanities Center, said, "I look forward to welcoming the 2011-12 Fellows to the Center and hope to learn a great deal from them. They represent an exciting range of studies in the humanities."
The National Humanities Center will award nearly $1,500,000 in individual fellowship grants to enable scholars to take leave from their normal academic duties and pursue research at the Center. This funding is made possible by the Center's endowment, grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by contributions from alumni of the Center.
The National Humanities Center, located in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina, is a privately incorporated independent institute for advanced study in the humanities. Since 1978, the Center has awarded fellowships to more than 1,200 scholars in the humanities, whose work at the Center has resulted in the publication of more than 1,300 books in all fields of humanistic study. The Center also sponsors programs to strengthen the teaching of the humanities in secondary and higher education.