Mellon Humanities Student Research Assistant grant - recipients Nathan Douglas ('15), Jordan Hosier ('15), Thalia Novoa ('16)
Independent Study (Spn 499) in Hispanic Studies
Research Honors in Hispanic Studies
John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference
Sigma Delta Pi - National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society
Nathan Douglas '15 (hometown Monticello, IL) studied abroad on IWU's Spain Program in Barcelona. He was a Fall 2013 Humanities Scholar recipient providing research assistance for Prof. Carolyn Nadeau. He was responsible for helping transcribe Arte de cozina, pastelería, vizochería y conservería (1611) and a Summer 2014 Mellon Humanities Scholar under the guidance of Prof. Carmela Ferradáns. The title of that grant was "Y no me esperaba nadie»: Historical memory in Carmen Laforet's Nada". Supported by the grant funding and guided by an interdisciplinary approach to research, Douglas spent the summer in Barcelona, Spain exploring the interplay between fictional narrative, history, memory, and photography. His presentation.
"While working with the Arte de cozina text, I was able to learn many interesting things about life in early modern Spain. Especially interesting to me was the use of traditionally Arabic ingredients in the Spanish cuisine. At some points, it seemed like the recipes were more Arabic than Spanish! During my time with Professor Nadeau, I also had the opportunity to accompany her to a conference in Barcelona, Spain. During that trip, I was able to attend the trilingual (Spanish-Catalan-English) conference, listen to presentations, and network with the scholars present.
My experience on the project with Professor Nadeau has been especially helpful in preparing me for post-baccalaureate work that I plan to pursue in the areas of peninsular literature and culture. Not only has Professor Nadeau given me invaluable experience to work on a major research project as an undergraduate student, but she has also been a phenomenal mentor and guide to me as I prepare to undertake a career of research and teaching at the post-secondary level. As both a scholar and an educator, I will strive to possess the same knowledge, professionalism, care for students that Professor Nadeau has shared with me and countless other students.”