UChicago Alum Tim Cassedy Receives the MLA First Book Award

Tim Cassedy

Tim Cassedy (AM’05) is fascinated with the role language played at the turn of the 19th century, and how language served to identify and differentiate people. For his cultural study of early America, Figures of Speech: Six Histories of Language and Identity in the Age of Revolution (University of Iowa Press, 2019), Cassedy recently received the Modern Language Association’s annual First Book Award, which recognizes his contribution to linguistics, the history of the book, and the cultural history of British imperialism.

UChicago Fellow Adam Singerman Receives the SSILA's Mary R. Haas Award for His Groundbreaking Dissertation

Adam Singerman

Adam Singerman’s dream was to research and document an endangered language in Brazil. His journey began in 2012 when his admiration for the scholarship of UChicago Professor Lenore Grenoble drew him to the Department of Linguistics doctoral program. Grenoble’s studies of indigenous languages in Siberia have inspired his own quest.

Now his years of immersive fieldwork and scholarship for the indigenous Brazilian language of Tuparí have been recognized. Singerman’s 2018 dissertation “The Morphosyntax of Tuparí, a Tupían Language of the Brazilian Amazon,” recently received the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas’ Mary R. Haas Award for significant contribution to the world’s knowledge of Native American Languages.

Helen Frankenthaler Foundation Awards $500,000 to Endow UChicago Art History Doctoral Fellowship

"Mountains and Sea" by Helen Frankenthaler in the National Gallery of Art

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation announced a $500,000 gift to the University of Chicago’s Department of Art History, one of five new institutional partners for the Frankenthaler Scholarships, a multi-year initiative that has dedicated more than $4 million to art and art history graduate programs nationwide. In addition to the University of Chicago, the Foundation awarded $500,000 to The Graduate Center, CUNY; Harvard University; the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University; and Stanford University to support the creation of endowments that will provide one or more named annual fellowships to doctoral students studying art history.

UChicago Composer Reigns as Matriarch Among Creative Women on Chicago's Music Scene

Augusta Read Thomas by Anthony Barlich

If winning a Grammy is a sign of creative achievement then Chicago could well be described as the contemporary classical music epicenter of the world. Year after year for the past two decades, a Grammy ceremony doesn’t pass without the name of a Chicago musician, producer, or ensemble etched on one of its gilded trophies.

The unique story of women at the helm on Chicago’s art music scene is a lineage that begins with Grammy award winning composer and UChicago University Professor Augusta Read Thomas, and passes to Lisa Kaplan, the pianist, founding member and Executive Director of Eighth Blackbird.

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