Friday, April 08, 2011

Bonnie Halloran

I haven't been blogging much about one of my major research projects this current year, an exhibition of Georg von Peschke paintings from 1930s Greece. It's been a wonderful project with lots of help from friends an colleagues. F&M is excellent in providing funds for undergraduate research, including a summer-long collaborative fellowship, the Hackman. Having a Hackman students is like having a graduate student for the summer. Halloran worked with me on Peshcke May-July 2010. She decoded Richard Stillwell's travel diaries from 1921, she transcribed interviews with the von Peschke's family, she interviewed archaeologists, she traveled to Greece, researched at museums and collections of modern Greek art, visited archaeological sites, and joined a field school that I started with Todd Brenningmeyer dedicated to mapping medieval and early-modern sites (Glarentza, Tegea, Taxiarches, Lidoriki). So far, I have blogged about neither the Peschke research nor the mapping project, but I do want to highlight Bonnie's profile today in the F&M journal, see "Rediscovering Forgotten Art," The Diplomat (Apr. 7, 2011).

In addition to being one of the finest students in our department, Bonnie is one of the most serious students of Arabic (and Islamic art) in our college. This summer, Bonnie received a Critical Languages Scholarships, a super-competitive award granted by the U.S. State Department to continue advanced studies of Arabic. Bonnie is taking my 1930s seminar this semester and she will continue working on the Peschke and the 1930s as a Mellon Foundation fellow at the Phillips Museum.

If any of you are at F&M next Friday (Apr. 15), don't miss the Research Fair. Bonnie will be speaking on her Peschke research. Another student of mine, Caitlyn Frank, will be presenting her research on Islamic aesthetics during the Civil War based on her analysis of two mausolea at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia.

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