The 2018-19 Mellon Arts Fellows include Allison Bigelow (Spanish), Federico Cuatlacuatl (Art), James Igoe (Anthropology) and Noel Lobley (Music). Phoebe Crisman (Architecture) and Karenne Wood (Virginia Humanities) also were awarded fellowships.
Since their most recent book’s publication in October by University of Virginia Press, the Parkers have been popular interview subjects across North America for media outlets seeking their humorous, and scholarly, insight on the time-honored practice of insincere flattery that “bootlickers,” “brownnosers” and, well, “suck ups,” employ.
The UVA Board of Visitors has approved $15.8 million of funding from the Strategic Investment Fund to support doctoral education in Arts & Sciences. The funding will be awarded over five years and support two major initiatives in the Graduate School; $13.5 million was allotted for Grand Challenge Fellowships for 2019-22, and $2.3 million to pilot a PhD Plus career development program for 2018-20.
The 24th annual Virginia Festival of the Book opens on March 21 and will feature five days of readings and panel discussions featuring authors ranging from bestselling authors to debut writers. Arts & Sciences faculty will participate in a series of Festival readings and discussions this year, both as featured authors and as panel moderators.
History professor Christian W. McMillen has been named the next associate dean for the social sciences. He will succeed Len Schoppa, who will head to the University of Oxford for a year of research, and then resume teaching in the Dept. of Politics when he returns.
The Arts & Sciences Democracy Initiative will launch this spring with an inaugural democracy lab focusing on Religion, Race, and Global Democracies, led by Religious Studies professors Martien Halvorson-Taylor and Kurtis Schaeffer..
A special issue of the Council for European Studies’ online journal, edited by A&S faculty members, examines the parallels between last August’s Charlottesville demonstrations by a large group of white supremacists and the resurgence of far-right groups in Europe.