Samantha Bishop Simmons
Hall Center for the Humanities

Hall Center Visiting Regional Humanities Faculty Program winners announced

Thu, 02/11/2016

LAWRENCE — The Hall Center for the Humanities has announced the winners of its newest resident fellow competition, the Visiting Regional Humanities Faculty Program. Kathleen Antonioli and Melinda Cro, Kansas State University; Tyler Atkinson, Bethany College, and Stephen Dilks, University of Missouri Kansas City, will work on humanities scholarship and teaching improvement projects while in residence at the Hall Center for approximately 3-4 weeks in 2016. The William T. Kemper Foundation-Commerce Bank, trustee, has made this pilot project possible.

Antonioli and Cro seek to develop digital humanities tools for use in a French course. “Translating the Freedom Papers: Charles de Gaulle and WWII Correspondence” will focus on 23 pieces of de Gaulle’s correspondence received by Kansas State in 2015. The professors are developing a course in which students will produce high-quality translations of letters, known as the Freedom Papers, along with accompanying contextualization. Antonioli and Cro will work collaboratively with Digital Humanities scholars at KU to develop not only the course but also an open platform for sharing the translated letters online, with the possibility of collaborative contributions from international scholars of de Gaulle.

Atkinson will focus on writing and teaching #BlackLivesMatter while at KU. He intends to conduct research and make progress on his publication "Luther, Bonhoeffer, and #BlackLivesMatter in Dialogue," which poses the question: 500 years after Luther’s nailing of the “95 Theses” to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, how might the Reformation heritage prove generative for contemporary discussion of race in America? Atkinson will work in conjunction with the Department of African & African-American Studies, the Langston Hughes Center, KU Center for Teaching Excellence and the Hall Center on this hybrid writing and teaching project.

Dilks’ time at the Hall Center will be spent revising an existing course at UMKC, “Modern and Contemporary Irish Literature,” using the Irish Collections at KU’s Spencer Research Library to enhance the class. Focusing on Irish military, political and cultural contexts for the 1916 Easter Rising, the 1919-1922 War of Independence, and James Joyce’s "Ulysses," Dilks’ research will enable him not only to revise the course but to enhance his own research direction and to establish a firm foundation for grant applications.

A second competition for the Visiting Regional Fellow program will be announced in fall 2016. For more information on the Hall Center’s resident fellows, including how to apply for a Humanities Research or Creative Work Fellowship, please visit the Hall Center’s website at

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