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Three Folklorists Named ACLS Fellows

Friday, July 15, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shannon K. Larson
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AFS is pleased to announce that three folklorists have been awarded fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS):

Leah Lowthorp, who recently attained a PhD in anthropology and folklore from the University of Pennsylvania, has been appointed program manager for the Center for Genetics and Society as part of ACLS’s Public Fellows Program. This program “places recent humanities PhDs in staff positions at partnering agencies in government and the non-profit sector for two-year appointments,” with the aim of  “[providing] career development opportunities in administration, management, and public service…” (“Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows”)

Emma Rose Silverman -- a doctoral candidate in the history of art at the University of California, Berkeley -- was awarded a Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art for her project, “From Eyesore to Icon: Ousider Art, Racial Politics, and the Watts Towers.” The Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art are intended “for scholarship on a topic in the history of the visual arts of the United States,” for which “attention to the art object and/or image [is] foremost” (“Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellows in American Art”)

Candacy A. Taylor -- an independent scholar, author, photographer and cultural documentarian -- was awarded an ACLS Fellowship for her project, Sites of Sanctuary: The Negro Motorist Green Book. The ACLS Fellowship Program awards are bestowed on “individual scholars working in the humanities and related social sciences” (“ACLS Fellows”). 

Congratulations to all three scholars! In the coming months, the AFS Review will feature separate news pieces on each individual winner, which will include more detailed information about their projects.

For more information on each individual Fellow or on the ACLS fellowship programs, follow the links above. For a full list of ACLS competitions and deadlines, go to

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