I am pleased to share with you the Class of 2022 Dan Leslie Bowden Fellows in the Humanities: Anya Dua '22, Rebecca Gotterer '22, Lauren Heller '22, Alexa Hommen '22, Mark Mateo '22, Kira Oglesby '22, Maria Luiza Schuchovski '22, Kathleen Stanton-Sharpless '22 and Leah Thorpe '22. This was a record year for applications for the prestigious humanities fellowships, and thus the selection process was especially difficult.
Thanks go to committee members Matthew Helmers, Jen Nero, Tom Dughi, and Mandira Bose-Nyberg, who joined me in carefully reading and discussing the merits of 25 applications. We are glad that the projects that were selected represent a diverse set of topics within the humanities, and will result in a range of different presentations next year. The Class of 2022 fellows anticipate that their work will result in research essays, case studies, documentaries, artistic productions.
Here's a glimpse at the 2022 Bowden fellows' projects:
Anya Dua '22 will do quantitative and qualitative research on the "gen Z archetype."
Rebecca Gotterer '22 will explore elements of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by looking at relationships between individuals in the region.
Lauren Heller '22 will study cross-cultural exchange in the jump-rope community.
Alexa Hommen '22 will study music as an expression of faith in local places of worship.
Mark Mateo '22 will research "freedom as a fundamental human value" in a comparative study of Poland and the United States.
Kira Oglesby '22 will tell the story of the Great Migration and its long term consequences in Detroit.
Maria Luiza Schuchovski '22 will examine how sustainability practices are building community in Curitiba, Brazil.
Kathleen Stanton-Sharpless '22 will look at the impact of COVID-19 on those who work behind the scenes on Broadway.
Leah Thorpe '22 will blend historical research and art to understand the power of architecture in shaping a local community.
The fellowship program, which was established in 2016 with a donation from former Bowden student Jeffrey Miller '79, honors the legacy of the legendary educator, who spent 63 years at Ransom Everglades School before his death in September 2018. The fellowships are designed to allow rising RE seniors to engage in advanced summer study that explores various realms of the humanities.
The Bowden fellowships represent a core piece of the Dan Leslie Bowden Endowment in the Humanities, which when fully funded will expand to support two full-time faculty members in the humanities and a future gathering area in a new humanities building. (For information about how you can support the endowment, contact Director of Advancement Melanie Hoffmann here.)
Stay tuned for information regarding the final presentation of the work of the Class of 2021 Bowden Fellows, tentatively scheduled for the week of May 17.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.