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MONDAVI FELLOWS Through the generous support of philanthropist Margrit Mondavi, the Humanities Institute in 2012- 2013 awarded 10 grants of $5,000 each to graduate students in Ph.D. and M.F.A. programs in the division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies to support travel, research, workshops and other project-related work. Margrit

Mondavi is very aware of the financial challenges facing today’s student-artists and scholars and wanted to provide assistance to help alleviate some of those constraints, according to HArCS Dean Jessie Ann Owens.

The awards, listed on the right, supported a wide and exciting array of projects, both creative and scholarly, including musical compositions, an oral history project documenting the revival of a Native American flower dance, and the design and creation of two large-scale, kinetic sculptures that explore ideas concerning the production of images of thought. At a luncheon following the 2012 Fall Convocation, the Fellows had an opportunity to thank Margrit Mondavi in person. The luncheon, held at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, also allowed her to hear from the students directly about how her gift gave them the time and resources to work on their creative and research projects.


hendel Almétus (Music) Wellesley Composers Conference 2012 and Residency at the University of North Haiti

Cutcha Risling Baldy (Native American Studies) To Grow Old in a Good Way: The Revitalization of the Hupa Women’s Flower Dance Ceremony

hilary Bryan (Performance Studies) Embodying the Rites

Emily F. Davidson (Spanish & Portuguese) Canal Memories: Race, Space and the Construction of Modern Panama

Susan-Jane harrison (Theatre & Dance) Today I Live

Sarah Messbauer (Music) Summer Intensive Course in Haitian Creole

Christina Owens (Cultural Studies) American Migrations: Racialized Bodies and Rights Rhetorics in Neoliberal Japan

Chris Tong (Comparative Literature) Environmental Ethics in 20th Century China

John Tronsor (Art Studio) Transference and (re)presentation

Barbara Zimbalist (English) Talking with God



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