The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has just named its 2018 cohort of Career Enhancement Fellows. A third of this year's class of fellows were previously Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows. Several (Kenton Rambsy, Saida Grundy, Ashanté Reese, and Lauren Eldridge) have been directly funded through the UNCF/Mellon Programs. Kudos to all!
We extend our congratulations to Dr. Shively Jackson Smith, who has recently accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor of New Testament at Boston University's School of Theology! For more information, please see http://www.bu.edu/sth/2018/03/28/school-of-theology-welcomes-two-new-full-time-faculty-members/
UNCF MMUF faculty mentor Stephane Dunn has written a response to the film Black Panther for the blog NewBlackMan (in Exile). Dr. Dunn is an associate professor and Director of the Cinema, Television, & Emerging Media Studies program (CTEMS) at Morehouse College. The article can be found by following this link - http://www.newblackmaninexile.net/2018/02/black-panther-double-sided-review-on.html?m=1#!/2018/02/black-panther-double-sided-review-on.html
Ree Botts, a 2015 Spelman graduate and current African American studies Ph.D student at UC Berkeley, was recently featured on the blog xoNecole in an article about the pressures of imposter syndrome. Read along here! http://www.xonecole.com/black-women-ph-d-students-get-real-about-impostor-syndrome/
Kenton Rambsy just published #TheJayZMixtape with Publishing Without Walls, a University of Illinois imprint.
This links to the page with all of the ISBN info - https://iopn.library.illinois.edu/books/pww/catalog/book/2
This links to the actual book! -
Julius was one of four scholars awarded "whose scholarly and/or artistic cutting-edge contributions of inventive, creative works, emphasizing comparative studies and/or artistic accomplishments (i.e. documentary, visual, or musical) have been impacting positively the educational, economic, and artistic lives of African descendants across the African Diaspora."
Julius Fleming, Jr.
Assistant Professor of English
African Diasporic Literature & Performance Studies
University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, Maryland
Julius B. Fleming, Jr. earned a doctorate in English, and a graduate certificate in Africana studies, from the University of Pennsylvania. Specializing in African Diasporic literatures and cultures, he has particular interests in performance studies, visual culture, sound studies, philosophy, medicine, and southern studies—especially where they intersect with race, gender, and sexuality. Professor Fleming is currently completing his first book manuscript, entitled “Technologies of Liberation: Performance and the Art of Black Political Thought.” This project uncovers the centrality of theatrical performance to the cultural and political landscapes of the modern Civil Rights Movement. It argues that black theater, like photography and television, was a vital mode of aesthetic innovation and black political thought. Whether staging performances in the cotton fields of Mississippi, on Broadway, or in Amsterdam, Holland, black artists crafted radical theatrical performances that inflected the political character of U.S. modernity, while revising normative ideologies of race, gender, sexuality, and modernity itself during this historical moment.
Professor Fleming is also beginning work on a second book project that traces the historical role of black performance in producing and dismantling the medical industrial complex. Whereas mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex have dominated scholarly and activist discourse, this project makes a case for more evenly attending to the medical industrial complex—both as a critical object of study and a key social justice issue that informs possibilities for being black and human.
His work appears in Callaloo, The James Baldwin Review, and The Southern Quarterly, and is forthcoming in American Literary History and Text and Performance Quarterly. Currently serving as an Associate Editor of Callaloo, he has been awarded fellowships from the University of Virginia's Carter G. Woodson Institute, the Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and The Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University.
This week, Dr. Cynthia Neal Spence traveled to Providence, Rhode Island with Spelman undergraduates to visit a social justice program at Sophia Academy. While there, she met with some former UNCF/Mellon fellows currently at Brown University - Dr. Jonathan Collins, Dr. Jamall Calloway, and soon to be doctor Hadiya Sewer. Jonathan and Jamall are Presidential postdoctoral fellows, and Hadiya is doing graduate work in Africana Studies.