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Courtney Leonard in workshop with grad students

Graduate students in Prof. Lowell Duckert's  "Environmental Humanities- Weather Matters" seminar took a "hands-on" approach to thinking about ceramics, weather, and literature with ecoartist Courtney Leonard.

Oct. 2019: ​Graduate students in Professor Lowell Duckert's  "Environmental Humanities- Weather Matters" course recently had a hands-on opportunity to think about ceramics, weather, and literature with ecoartist and filmmaker Courtney Leonard. Professor Duckert's seminar class includes several guest visits that are open to all our graduate students this semester including: Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Dean of Humanities, Arizona State University and Julian Yates, H. Fletcher Brown Professor of English, UD,  John Caldwell, Associate Librarian, UD, and A.R. Siders, Associate Professor, Biden School of Public Policy and  Steve Mentz, Professor of English, St. John’s University. Check out our graduate events calendar for more details!

Recent Achievements

Sam Nystrom recently won 2020 Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr., Research Grant from the Keats-Shelley Association of America. Combined with her Fall 2019 CMCS Research Travel Award, this will fund her travel to Scotland to conduct archival and field research for her dissertation.  She also received  the Friends of Rockwood Award from the Center for Material Culture Studies, which she used the former to research at Kew Gardens and the British Library in June 2019.

Janel Atlas gave a keynote address titled "The Power of Story: Writing and Reading about Babyloss Online" at the Sands National Conference (New Zealand) in September 2019. The talk was attended by bereaved parents, health professionals, and support professionals and is drawn directly from her dissertation project about women's rhetorical practices in narrating stories of babyloss.

Mali Collins-White was a 2019 Travel Award Winner to the Atlanta University Center Archives and the UNIDEL Louise Roselle Collections-Based Research Travel Award this summer. She also have a forthcoming book chapter with Dr. Jennifer Nash in Black Feminist Sociology: Perspectives and Praxis, Eds. Drs. Zakiyah Luna and Whitney Pirtle coming in 2020.

Jessica Thelen received the Edward Porter Alexander Internship at Delaware Historical Society (summer 2019), in which she was on the exhibit team for the first section of Collecting Wilmington: Place, Space & Memory. This exhibit is at the Delaware History Museum

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