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April 11, 2018

Two Baruch College Humanities Professors Named Guggenheim Fellows 

Esther Allen, PhD, and Alison Griffiths, PhD, faculty members in the George and Mildred Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, were each recently awarded renowned 2018 Guggenheim Fellowships.

“This is one of the most prestigious awards in the humanities worldwide,” said Aldemaro Romero Jr., PhD, dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences. “The fact that two of them will receive this accolade in the same year speaks volumes about the caliber of the professors at the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences.”

The professors are among 173 scholars, artists, and scientists chosen from a group of 3,000 applicants in the U.S. and Canada for a Guggenheim Fellowship on the basis of prior scholarly achievement and exceptional creative ability in the arts.

Dr. Allen, professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, was named a fellow for translation, while Dr. Griffiths, professor in the Department of Communication Studies, was named for Film, Video, and New Media Studies.

Watch, like, share: Dean Romero, Dr. Allen, and Dr. Griffiths discuss the importance of receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Esther Allen

The Guggenheim Fellowship will allow Allen to complete the translation of two novels by the Argentinian writer Antonio Di Benedetto (1922-1986): The Silentiary and The Suicides. Allen has already translated Di Benedetto’s Zama, today considered a classic.

Allen believes translating books is a peculiar vocation that is similar to acting. Rather than using the body as a form of communication, she said a translator utilizes their mind and language as a form of self-expression.  

Alison Griffiths

Griffiths will use her fellowship to write a book titled Nomadic Cinema: A Cultural Geography of the Expedition Film, which will examine expedition filmmaking from the mid-teens through the late-thirties during the 20th century.

Focusing on films shot in Borneo, Central Asia, and the American Southwest, Nomadic Cinema will look at internationally recognized organizations and privately funded anthropological research trips, including four distinct 20th-century expeditions, some famous and others less known.