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Garvin and Wacks awarded 2019 Presidential Fellowships

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Italian Diana Garvin and Professor of Spanish David Wacks, who have been named 2019 Presidential Fellows in Humanistic Studies.

Earlier this year, the UO announced that President Schill would fund a new set of fellowships to support faculty arts and humanities research and creative projects. These awards are supported by discretionary donor funds and are intended to support productive scholars in their professional development and scholarship. Learn more about the Presidential Fellows in Humanistic Studies awards.

Diana Garvin

Diana Garvin

Garvin’s research project, “The Bean in the Machine: Transnational Coffee and Caffè Culture under Italain Fascism” tells the story coffee culture across three continents during the Fascist ventennio (1922-1945). The narrative carries the reader from Roman and Eritrean caffès to Brazilian and Ethiopian coffee plantations to underscore how coffee growing and and drinking changed under Fascism, against a background of caffeinated imperial aggression and resistance.

David Wacks

David Wacks

In his project, “People of the Book: Retellings of the Hebrew Bible in Medieval Iberia,” Wacks studies how Iberia’s Muslims, Jews, and Christians participated in a common culture of retellings of Biblical tales during the Middle Ages.  Wacks studies Biblical exegesis, translations, legends, drama, and artistic representations from the Peninsula’s three religious traditions, in order to demonstrate how each is influenced and shaped by its relationship with the others.