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Release: April 12, 1999
Two UI professors win prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two University of Iowa professors have
been awarded 1999 Guggenheim Fellowships. Leighton Pierce, professor of film
and video production in comparative literature and communication studies,
and Katherine Tachau, professor of history, are among 179 U.S. and Canadian
scholars receiving awards to pursue their scholarship or artistic creations.
The 1999 fellows were selected from among 2,785 applicants.
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation was established
in 1925 by United States Senator Simon Guggenheim and his wife as a memorial
to a son who died April 26, 1922. The Foundation offers fellowships to further
the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research
in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts. The fellowships
are awarded to men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity
for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.
"It is gratifying to see our faculty members receive recognition
for scholarly work that is considered among the best in the country," said
Linda Maxson, dean of the UI College of Liberal Arts. "Leighton Pierce and
Katherine Tachau are both very deserving of this honor, and we are proud of
the distinction they bring to the University of Iowa and the College of Liberal
Pierce will use his fellowship during the 2000-01 academic
year for a filmmaking project. He plans to produce a series of short experimental
films exploring visual and auditory cinematic representations of domestic
space. His project will also experiment with sound-image relationships.
Pierce said the fellowship is a boon to his creative work:
"It will give me uninterrupted and extended time to develop some fairly subtle
Tachau will also use her fellowship during the 2000-01
academic year. She will complete the research and writing for a book titled,
"Bible Lesson for Kings: Scholars and Friars in 13th-Century Paris and the
Creation of the BIBLES MORALISEES," about four early-13th century illuminated
manuscripts. She plans to study the roles these manuscripts may have played
in shaping French royal policy towards teaching at the nascent University
of Paris and toward non-believers in the French realm. During the 1999-2000
academic year, Tachau will work on this project at the Stanford Humanities
Center, supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.
Pierce and Tachau have not yet been told the exact monetary
value of their awards. The amounts of the individual grants is adjusted to
the needs of the fellows, considering their other resources and the purpose
and scope of their plans. The foundation awarded a total of $6,062,000 this
year, for an average grant of $33,866.