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Craig Williams, Classics, one of six UI faculty awarded NEH Fellowships for 2018

12/20/2017  8:00 am

Craig Williams, Professor of Classics, is one of six U of I faculty members who have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2018.  It is the third year in the last four that the Urbana campus has garnered more fellowship awards than any other single institution.

Williams’ project is titled, “Orpheus Crosses the Atlantic: Native American Knowledge of Ancient Greece and Rome.” His book will reveal the untold story of the ways in which Native American writers have displayed their knowledge of the languages, literatures and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome as they write about themselves and their people. 

The other U of I fellowship recipients include Donna Buchanan (Music), Elizabeth Hoiem (Information Sciences), Candice Jenkins (English), Paul Kapp (Architecture), and D. Fairchild Ruggles (Landscape Architecture).

The highly competitive fellowship program (only 7% of applicants get funded) supports advanced research in the humanities, and the recipients produce articles, books, digital materials or other scholarly resources.