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Renaissance Drama, a leading journal of early modern studies housed in the Department of English, celebrates the publication of its fiftieth volume this year.  Founded at Northwestern in 1964 by professor of English Samuel Schoenbaum, Renaissance Drama has been edited ever since by faculty affiliated with the Department, including Leonard Barkan, Mary Beth Rose, Wendy Wall, Jeffrey Masten, and Will West. The journal publishes scholarship on the whole array of Renaissance theater and performance traditions throughout Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Americas.
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Jeffrey Masten is among the 2022 Guggenheim Fellows recently named by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The award will help support Masten’s research into early printed copies of literary texts and the changing histories of gender and sexuality registered by the readers who owned, marked up and read them across time.
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INHUMAN FIGURES: ROBOTS, CLONES, AND ALIENS, a film essay by Michelle N. Huang and CA Davis, can now be viewed through the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. INHUMAN FIGURES excavates three popular science-fictional archetypes—the robot, clone, and alien—to reveal how imagined futures are produced from a long history of treating Asian Americans as tireless workers, indistinguishable copies, and forever foreigners.
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Reginald Gibbons was selected as the tenth recipient of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame's Fuller Award, an honor conferred in October of 2021 in recognition of his lifetime achievements as an author, scholar, teacher, and institution builder.  
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Ivy Wilson and Laura Brueck (Department of Asian Languages and Cultures) have received a large grant from the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs to support a two-year initiative on “Race, Caste, and Colorism,” which will look comparatively at India, the Caribbean, and the US and engage faculty from several units. This grant continues Ivy’s long-term work catalyzing new research collaborations across units in ethnic studies and the humanities, a role that also defines his current work as Director of the Black Arts Consortium.

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