Pleiss Morris Receives National Recognition

Ann Pleiss Morris, assistant professor of English at Ripon College, has been selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 30 seminars and institutes supported by the NEH. The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions, so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Pleiss Morris will participate in a seminar entitled “Tudor Books and Readers: 1485-1603.” The 5-week program will be held at the Plantin-Moretus Museum, in Antwerp, Belgium; at Senate House Library, University of London; and at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, and will be co-directed by Drs. John N. King, of The Ohio State University, and Mark Rankin, of James Madison University.

The 16 teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a stipend of $3,900 to cover their travel, study, and living expenses.

Topics for the 30 seminars and institutes offered for college and university teachers this summer include Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia: literature, the arts, and cinema since independence; American Maritime People; America’s East Central Europeans: migration and memory; arts, architecture, and devotional interaction in England, 1200–1600; black aesthetics and African diasporic culture; bridging national borders in North America; Dante’s Divine Comedy: poetry, philosophy, and the city of Florence; Daoist literature and history; George Herbert and Emily Dickinson; Jewish Buenos Aires; the Late Ottoman and Russian Empires: citizenship, belonging and difference; mapping nature across the Americas; the meanings of property; medieval political philosophy: Islamic, Jewish, and Christian; Mississippi in the national civil rights narrative; the Mongols, Eurasia, and global history; mortality: facing death in ancient Greece; performing Dickens: Oliver Twist and Great Expectations on page, stage, and screen; pictorial histories and myths: “graphic novels” of the Mixtecs and Aztecs; problems in the study of religion; reconsidering Flannery O’Connor; reform and renewal in medieval Rome; representations of the “other”: Jews in medieval England; Socrates; Tudor books and readers: 1485–1603; the federal government and the American West; the visual culture of the American Civil War; westward expansion and the Constitution in the early American republic; World War I and the arts; World War I in the Middle East.

The approximately 437 NEH Summer Scholars who participate in these programs of study will teach over 113,925 American students the following year.


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