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History professor is awarded May Brodbeck Award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Leslie A. Schwalm, University of Iowa assistant professor of history, has received the 1997 May Brodbeck Humanities Fellowship.

The $13,000 May Brodbeck award, one of two faculty fellowships awarded on alternate years by the university, is designed to encourage and support the study of the humanities. The funds may be used for a variety of scholarly endeavors, including summer research, the appointment of a graduate research assistant, reimbursement for a visiting lecturer, or for supplies, equipment or travel.

With the award Schwalm will research two developments that shaped the Civil War experiences of black Iowans. One was the organization in 1863 of Iowa's black regiment, the 60th U.S. Colored Infantry, whose members exemplified the diversity and tenuousness of black Midwestern life. The second was the Union army program to relocate thousands of slavewomen and children from the Confederacy to Iowa and other Midwestern states in 1864.

Schwalm received master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Wisconsin in 1984 and 1991, respectively, and has been a member of the UI faculty since 1991.

She received a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend in 1994, UI Old Gold Fellowships for the summers of 1992 and 1993, an American Association of University Women Education Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for 1989-90, and a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Research Grant in women's studies in 1989.