Oakwood Faculty Member to Collaborate on Humanities Unbounded Initiative

by Kathryn Kennedy, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Duke University
Dr. Eva Michelle Wheeler, ’05 , Associate Professor of English & Foreign Languages, is one of six visiting scholars representing liberal arts institutions, historically black colleges and universities (HBCU), and Durham Technical Community College, who will collaborate with faculty at Duke University this summer.
As part of an innovative humanities initiative, Dr. Wheeler will work with Mark Anthony Neal and the Department of African & African American Studies on critical analysis of translations of ethnonyms and epithets in literature and film.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded  Humanities Unbounded   is designed to nurture collaboration and inventive expressions of the humanities at Duke and beyond. Among other aims, it expands Duke’s curriculum by launching research-based humanities labs that enrich undergraduate education by extending the learning experience outside of the classroom.
“Through our previous Mellon grant, Humanities Writ Large, visiting faculty fellows greatly enriched the humanities ecosystem at Duke,” said Ed Balleisen, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, who is also a principal investigator for Humanities Unbounded. “Those fellows brought compelling research questions, inventive approaches to communicating humanistic arguments, and a deeply collaborative spirit to our campus.”
The inaugural cohort of visiting scholars also includes:
Garry Bertholf of Wesleyan UniversityLisa Blair of Durham TechMarina DelVecchio of Durham TechCollie Fulford of N.C. Central UniversityCraig Quintero of Grinnell College

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