Mellon Scholars Spend Summer in Humanities Research
Aug. 27, 2015
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— This summer three Illinois Wesleyan University students pondered
questions where solutions can’t be confined to a box tied with a pretty bow – if the
question can be answered at all. As recipients of student research awards through
a $300,000 Re-Centering the Humanities grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,
the students grappled with topics ranging from depictions of black masculinity in
literature and music to exploring connections between Buddhist psychology and objective
scientific research explaining consciousness.
A $4,000 stipend allowed each student to conduct research over the summer under the
guidance of a faculty mentor. The Re-Centering the Humanities grant from the Andrew
W. Mellon Foundation funded Illinois Wesleyan’s commitment to keeping the humanities
at the core of the University’s liberal arts curriculum.
“I feel so lucky to have the scholarship and advising from Illinois Wesleyan to make
this possible,” said Mellon Scholar Anna Lowenthal ’16.
A brief summary of each student’s project follows:
▷ Nicholas Berardelli ’16 Connects East and West
▷ Lydia Hartlaub ’16 Enters Charles Dickens “Universe”
▷ Anna Lowenthal ’16 Investigates Masculine Identity in “Gangsta Rap”