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May 30, 2003

UI Graduate College Awards Dissertation Fellowships

The University of Iowa Graduate College has awarded 17 fellowships to select students in their final year of graduate studies. The Ada Louisa Ballard and Seashore Dissertation-Year Fellowships were established to help doctoral students in the humanities complete the writing of their dissertations. Each carries a stipend of $1,400 per month plus tuition and is awarded for up to 12 months.

This year's award winners represent 10 graduate programs in the humanities, including two student-initiated interdisciplinary degree programs. The students were nominated for the awards by their respective departments.

Funds for the Ballard Fellowship were bequeathed by the late Professor Clarence E. Cousins in honor of his mother. Cousins was for many years a member of the Department of French and Italian. Seashore Fellowships were initiated by Leslie Sims, former dean of the Graduate College, and approved by the Graduate Council as part of the Graduate College Strategic Plan.

For synopses of dissertation topics, please visit More information about UI Graduate College Fellowships is available online

Fellowship winners and their dissertation titles are listed alphabetically according to discipline:

American Studies
Barbara Shubinski, "Project DOCUMERICA, the Revival of Government-Sponsored Documentary and the Articulation of the Social Landscape at the Environmental Protection Agency, 1971-1976"

Katherine Dernbach, untitled
Jon Wolseth, "Moral Struggles, Moral Lives: Youth and the Politics of Violence in Honduras"

Art and Art History
Nancy Bishop, "The Barberini Gospels"
Gitti Salami, "Ordinarily Extraordinary: Yakurr Priest Chiefs and The Presencing of 'Traditional' Culture"

Cinema and Comparative Literature
Brian Bialkowski, "Rethinking Adaptation within the Hermeneutic Circle: Henry James, the Heritage Film, and Merchant Ivory"
Alison LaTendresse, "Screen Play: The Theory and Poetics of Amateur and Avant-Garde Screenwriting, 1911-1953"
Jennifer Wild, "L'Imagination Cinementale: Cinematic Intervention in the French Avant-Garde, 1913-1929"

Communication Studies
John McClain Watson, "Biology, Behavior, Betterment: Stimulating the Plastic Brain"

Jean Fernandez, "In Service of Narration: Servants, The Rhetorics of Class and the Politics of Narration in Nineteenth Century Fiction and Autobiography"
Mary Hayes, "Silences and Religious Subjects in the Middle Ages"
Thomas McLean, "The Eastern Edge of Civilization: Poland and British Romanticism"

Junko Kobayashi, "Bitter-Sweet Home: The Politics of Cultural Identity in Japanese American Literature, 1936-1962"
Crystal Lewis-Colman, "Race, Ethnicity & Power: Black Southern Migrants, Caribbean Immigrants and the Making of Black Hartford"

Interdisciplinary Studies
Franck LeGac, "Dissociation in the French Fiction Film from the New Wave to the Present"
Thomas Scheck, "The Reception of Origen's Pauline Exegesis in the Latin West"

Ernani Magalhaes, untitled

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, Program: Sandra Barkan, Associate Dean, Graduate College, 319-335-2136,; John C. Keller, Dean, Graduate College, 319-335-2142,