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Release: Dec. 10, 2001

Three College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty win NEH fellowships

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three faculty members in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have won research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Each fellowship carries a $40,000 award to support a year of research. The fellowships were part of $21 million in grants to support the research of more than 170 scholars and provide funds for humanities programs at colleges, research centers, museums, and other nonprofit institutions. More than $6-million went to research fellowships.

Richard De Puma, F. Wendell Miller Professor of Art and Art History, will conduct research at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the J. Paul Getty Research Center in Los Angeles, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, and several museums in Italy. He hopes to complete research and writing for a book on Etruscan forgeries created in Italy between 1850-1950.

Elizabeth Heineman, associate professor of history, will work on a project examining the expansion of sexual consumer culture in Germany after World War II. The project highlights half a century of changing consumer tastes, social mores, legal frameworks, and business practices. In the aftermath of the Nazi regime, which dreamed of creating a "master race" through controlled reproduction, the intersections of sexuality with health care, social reform, and dreams of a better life became hotly disputed. The founder of Germany's largest erotica firm, Beate Uhse, personified this transition. A Luftwaffe pilot under the Nazis, she fought in the early postwar years to make contraceptives and sex education more available -- and she eventually became Europe's largest pornographer.

Adriana Mendez Rodenas, professor of Spanish and Portuguese, will work on "Transatlantic Pilgrims: European Women in Latin America, 1822-1907," a study of five representative travel writers to Latin America whose voyages spanned the birth of the republics to the transition to modernity at the turn of the century. Encompassing women's travels to Mexico, the Southern Cone, the Caribbean, and Brazil, Transatlantic Pilgrims aims to show how women's travelogues combine the discourses of history, natural history, and ethnography, thereby providing an alternative voyage to the master-trope of exploration and travel. She will conduct research at the New York Public Library and various foreign archives.