Faculty Win NEH, Howard Fellowships

Two Montclair State University faculty members have been awarded prestigious national fellowships.

Elizabeth Emery of the French, German and Russian Department won a National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipend for a book project, "Consuming the Past: The Medieval Revival in Fin-de-Siecle France."

"Readers of 'Consuming the Past' will discover the passion for the Middle Ages that swept France from 1870 to 1914," Emery, a Hoboken resident, wrote in her application. "In museums and churches, taverns and World's Fair pavilions, the French celebrated their nation's past, appropriating and reconfiguring historical narratives in order to create an ideal model of national achievement."

Elizabeth Valdez del Alamo of Fine Arts is the first MSU faculty member to win a George A. and Eliza Howard Foundation Fellowship.

The Howard Foundation at Brown University awards a limited number of fellowships each year for independent projects in selected fields. Valdez del Alamo won the award for "Palace of the Mind: The Sculpture of Silos and the Transformation of Castilian Art in the 12th Century," a book on the monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos and Spanish sculpture.

"Despite the acknowledged importance of Santo Domingo de Silos, no scholarly study has yet looked at the monastery's sculpture as a whole," Valdez del Alamo said. "This book will trace, via the sculpture of Silos, the introduction of Romanesque sculpture into the Iberian Peninsula and its development through the 12th century into the distinctively Castilian early Gothic style that flowered in Santiago de Compostela in 1188.

Susan Nanney of Research and Sponsored Programs said both the NEH and Howard Foundation award programs are competitive. "Only 9 percent of entrants are awarded funding," she said.