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Obermann Center awards 1998 research grants to faculty

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies has awarded its 1998 Interdisciplinary Research Grants to five UI faculty members.

The program provides summer stipends for interdisciplinary scholarship undertaken at the Obermann Center by two or more UI faculty members. Each collaborator must demonstrate a particular disciplinary contribution to the project. The program is supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research and by the Graduate College.

This year's recipients are: Brooks Landon, professor of English; Lauren Rabinovitz, associate professor of American Studies and Communication Studies; Cinzia Blum, associate professor of French and Italian; David Depew, professor of Communication Studies and Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry; and Russell Valentino, assistant professor of Russian.

Landon and Rabinovitz will collaborate on a project titled, "Text and Time Machine: The World's Columbian Exposition," which will use a multimedia environment to examine the 1893 Chicago World's Columbian Exposition as a symbol of American modernity. Blum, Depew, and Valentino will work on a project titled, "Carlo Michelstaedter's Persuasione e rettorica: An Annotated Translation," which will result in the first English translation of the 1910 work.

Jay Semel, director of the Obermann Center, said that earlier projects funded by the center have resulted in numerous jointly-written articles and books, as well as grants totaling more than $2 million from federal and foundation sources including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education.