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Interdisciplinary Art and Field Research Receive CLASS Summer Grants

December 06, 2019

The College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) has named the awardees of its 2020 CLASS Summer Research Grants. These grants support tenure-track and tenured faculty in the creation of a sustainable research or creative project. This year's recipients are Ruby Fulton, assistant professor in the Lionel Hampton School of Music, Tobias Wray, director of the Creative Writing Programs, and Kate Kolpan, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Fulton and Wray are collaborating on a new piece of music for bass clarinet and electronics, composed by Fulton based around a text written by Wray. The piece will chronicle the 1969 Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village and will debut in a performance by Assistant Professor of Clarinet Shawn Copeland in spring 2021.

Koplan will be traveling to Sozopol, Bulgaria, to conduct research at the archaeological site of Apollonia Pontica. She will be examining the site's 2,300 skeletons, specifically looking at whether the city's importance as a trade hub increased heterogeneity among its population and whether its expansion led to conflict between traders and local colonists.

The summer research grant review committee consisted of James Reid, Jenn Ladino and Omi Hodwitz.

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