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Two UCR professors are among this year's Guggenheim Fellows

Two UCR professors are among this year's Guggenheim Fellows

(April 26, 2001)

Two University of California, Riverside professors received Guggenheim fellowships, one of higher education's top honors, which will allow them to advance research in medieval literature and Renaissance history.

English Professor John Ganim, 56, and Dale Vivienne Kent, 58, a Renaissance historian, were among the 183 scholars, artists and scientists in the United States and Canada to receive honors from among 2,700 applicants, according to a letter from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Ganim and Kent are among 12 Guggenheim fellows from the University of California system.

Fellows receive a stipend of about $34,000 and a year's sabbatical to pursue their research.

Ganim, who came to UCR in 1974, wants to use the time afforded by the fellowship to advance his work on the influences of the Islamic and oriental worlds on medieval European culture. He will begin his fellowship in July and travel to New York, London and Rome to do research. Ganim will also speak on the subject at the University of Posnan, Poland, during the sabbatical. He hopes to write a book about the subject.

Ganim received his Ph.D. from Indiana University where he wanted to study Victorian literature but discovered the most interesting research was being done in medieval literature. He is a native of New Jersey.


Kent, who arrived at UCR in 1984 after a year as a visiting professor at UC Berkeley, wants to further her studies on the impact of patronage on Renaissance Italy by looking at how the Medici family exerted influence through patronage in Florence. Her most recent book, titled "Cosimo de' Medici and the Florentine Renaissance," was published in the summer of 2000 and chronicles the wealthy banker's influence on the art, literature, and architecture of central Italy during the 15th Century.

Kent, a native of Australia, received her Ph.D. from the University of London.

The Guggenheim Fellowship, now in its 77th year, is awarded on the basis of distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment, according to a statement from the foundation.

Fellows include writers; painters; sculptors; photographers; physical, biological, and social scientists; and scholars in the humanities.

Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners and notable scientists appear on the roll of fellows, which include Ansel Adams, Aaron Copeland, Langston Hughes, Henry Kissinger, and Vladimir Nabokov.

UCR has had a number of Guggenheim Fellows specializing in the Renaissance and Middle Ages, including art historian Conrad Rudolph, English professors Ralph Hanna III, John M. Steadman III and Stanley N. Stewart.

"I think this says something about this campus and the quality and intensity of the research activity going on here," Ganim said.

Art history professor Amelia Jones received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000 for her work on the early 20th Century Dadaist school of art. In 1999, English Professor Carole Fabricant received the honor for her work on 18th Century Irish and English writers.

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