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Franke Future Directions Forum

A showcase for the humanities research done during their fellowship year, the Future Directions Forum is where each Franke Fellow—graduate and undergraduate—presents their project and receives interdisciplinary feedback from the Kaplan Institute community.


Friday, May 7, 2021
Online discussion based on pre-viewed presentations


Session I
11:00 am-12:00pm CST

Jessica Winegar - Welcome

Cynthia Nazarian (Moderator) - Overview of discussion format

Jade Marcum (Department of History)

Sophie Jiang (Departments of Asian Languages and Cultures and Radio/Television/Film)

12:00-1:30pm - Break

Session II
1:30-3:00pm CST

Jessica Winegar (Moderator)

Hamed Yousefi (Department of Art History; Mellon Cluster Fellow in Middle East and North African Studies)
The Secularity of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths: Art and Spirituality in Iran During the Cold War (1949-1977)
Leading question:

Keary Watts (Department of Theatre; Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama Program)
Strategic Re-deployment: The American Blackface Minstrel Tradition from 1967–2010
Leading question: Daniel Immerwahr (History)

Charlotte Rosen (Department of History)
Carceral Crisis: The Challenge of Prison Overcrowding and the Rise of Mass Incarceration, 1970-2000 
Leading question: Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz (Sociology and Latina/Latino Studies)

Kate Scharfenberg (Department of English)
Nations Taking Place: Unsettling Geographies in Indigenous and American Literatures
Leading question: Keith Woodhouse (History)

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