Center for the Arts and Humanities announces 2023 fellows

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The David G. Pollart Center for the Arts and Humanities (CAH) has selected five Washington State University faculty members to receive 2023 CAH Fellowship Awards to help pursue and share their innovative and creative endeavors. 

“We are tremendously excited by the research and creative activities proposed by this year’s Pollart Center Faculty Fellows and look forward to the public engaging with the art, music, and scholarship created by these talented WSU faculty members,” said Trevor Bond, CAH director and associate dean for digital initiatives and special collections with WSU Libraries. 

Representing four academic units and totaling more than $42,000, the funded projects include support for the distribution of young adult literature, recording and performing choral music by Washington composers, creating ceramic wall sculptures inspired by domestic spaces, and the lived experience of a BIPOC artist, and two historical writings.  

As part of the program, Bond noted, the fellows will meet as a supportive cohort sharing ideas and methodologies and strategies for sharing their work broadly.  

“We’re thrilled with the impressive array of scholarly and creative activities these WSU faculty members are pursuing,” said Chris Dickey, associate director of CAH and assistant professor of tuba and euphonium in the School of Music. 

Faculty receiving a CAH Fellowship for 2023 are: 

  • Ashley Boyd

    Department of English 

    Boyd will lead “Palouse Reads: Community Engagement and Action” to bring young adult literature outside of academia and into nearby communities to illustrate the impact beyond the university walls and to cultivate relationships with local stakeholders and organizations. 
  • Dean Luethi

    School of Music 

    Luethi will gather 16 vocalists to record and perform choral compositions by Washington state choral composers for the project “Washington Sings.”
  • Alan Malfavon

    Department of History 

    Malfavon is working toward the publication of “Men of the Leeward Port: Veracruz’s Afro-descendants in the Making of Mexico,” an academic monograph focused on the historically understudied Afro-Mexican population of Veracruz which reframes the historical transition between the colonial and national periods of Mexico. 
  • Nikolaus Overtoom

    Department of History 

    Overtoom will complete the writings and revisions of the book manuscript entitled “The Values of Reputation of the Parthians at War,” which will investigate concepts of courage and cowardice and acts of presumed just and unjust violence found in Parthian history. 
  • Io Palmer

    Department of Art 

    Palmer will create “Unruly Foliage” with a series of small-scale ceramic wall sculptures inspired by domestic spaces, specifically window boxes, gardens, and flower arrangements and conceptually informed by the lived experience of a BIPOC artist. 

CAH and the faculty fellowship program are supported by a generous philanthropic gift from alumnus David G. Pollart, the College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Research, WSU Graduate School, WSU Libraries, and the Office of the President. Any faculty member pursuing arts- and humanities-related work, regardless of rank or home department, is eligible to apply for a CAH fellowship.

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