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Liberal Arts Scholarship Catalyst Grants Program

2019 Awards

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Arts Scholarship Catalyst (LASC) grants.

The twelve projects funded this year had specific and compelling visions for advancing faculty scholarship, meeting professional goals, and elevating liberal arts scholarship and creative work. They also clearly articulated anticipated contributions to the University’s Strategic Vision’s foundational commitments and research thrusts.

The 2019 LASC grant recipients:

  • Joshua Ambrosius (Department of Political Science): Chatting with the Nextdoor Neighbors: Use of a Niche Social Media Platform by Community Leaders and Members in the Dayton, Ohio, Suburbs
  • Simanti Dasgupta (Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work): Prophylactic Rights: Sex Work Movement, HIV/AIDS and Anti-tracking Laws in Sonagachi, India
  • Samuel Dorf (Department of Music): Extreme Early Music: Performing Antiquity Today
  • Erin Holscher-Almazan (Department of Art and Design): "The Only Way We're Going to Get Through This is Together:" Support for a Significant Solo Exhibition and Continued Creative Research in Female-centered Paintings and Prints
  • Natalie Hudson (Department of Political Science, Human Rights Studies Program): New Directions in the Politics of Narratives: Transnational Advocacy on Sexualized Violence in Conflict
  • Judith Huacuja (Department of Art and Design): Liberation Theology and Social Engagement in the Art of Robert Campbell
  • Heather MacLachlan (Department of Music): The Seventh Precept in the Twenty-First Century
  • Caroline Merithew (Department of History): “The Certainty of Hope:” Feminism and Antifascism in the Global Struggle to Keep Ethiopia Independent, 1924-1945
  • Erin O’Mara (Department of Psychology): Examining self-esteem across the menstrual cycle
  • Andy Slade (Department of English): Be a Man, and Other Bad Advice: Cinema and the Ethics of Masculinity
  • Tereza Szeghi (Department of English): Didacticism, Hope, and Change: Fiction and the Fight for Indigenous Human Rights
  • Patrick Thomas (Department of English): Examining Social Media Writing Processes through Data Visualization
Please join us in congratulating this year’s grant recipients. We are excited about this opportunity to advance scholarship in the College and look forward to applications for the third funding cycle during the coming academic year.

Liberal Arts Scholarship Catalyst Grants Program

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