News

March 11, 2019: New congratulations to Jenny Davis (Anthropology). Her book, Talking Indian: Identity and Language Revitalization in the Chickasaw Renaissance (University of Iowa Press, 2018) has won the Beatrice Medicine Award for Scholarship in American Indian Studies. Jenny is a Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors (LEAP) Scholar.

January 10, 2019: CHAMP has won a Presidential Initiative for the Celebration of Arts and Humanities Award for its project called THE MYTHIC MISSISSIPPI. This two-year grant will fund faculty and student research toward the deployment of downstate Illinois’ cultural heritage resources for social and economic development around the creation of themed tourism trails.

January 2019: Congratulations to Jenny Davis (Anthropology) who has been appointed as the Chancellor’s Fellow of Indigenous Research and Ethics.     During this two-year fellowship, Jenny will be working on various campus initiatives to ensure that the University is knowledgeable of, and in compliance with, U.S. and tribal government policies and protocols. She will use the Fellowship to collaborate with faculty, campus and tribal leaders, and advise the Chancellor on issues involving the University and ethical research on Indigenous peoples, histories, and cultures. This follows the important
“Land Acknowledgment Statement”, published by the Office the Chancellor
on July 26, 2019.

United Nations declaration:  

SPRING 2018: THREE OF CHAMP’S CORE FACULTY HAVE WON THE PRESTIGIOUS NEH FELLOWSHIP FOR THEIR BOOK PROJECTS:
Donna Buchanan (Music): “Bells in the Music and Culture of Bulgaria”
Paul Kapp (Architecture): “Heritage and the Great Depression: How Historic Preservation Created the Old South”
Dede Ruggles (Landscape Architecture): “Tree of Pearls: The Extraordinary Architectural Patronage of the 13th Century Egyptian Slave-Queen Shajar al Durr” 

NOVEMBER IS NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH.

OCTOBER 12, 2017
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION:
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ANNOUNCED TODAY
THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE UNITED STATES FROM UNESCO.

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHAMP COLLEAGUE CLARA CHU.
Clara has been elected to represent the American Library Association on the
U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHAMP COLLEAGUE CELE OTNES.
Cele has been name the Anthony Petullo Professor of Business Administration.

CHAMP is delighted to announce that Dr. Ioanna Katapidi will be with us in
AY 18-19. Dr. Katapidi is the first BRIDGE Fellow under the CHAMP collaboration with Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage at the University of Birmingham. Dr. Katapidi studies the idea of heritage as a social construct which can be understood and interpreted through people’s perceptions. She explores the way in which residents and experts ‘construct’ heritage, the impact of conservation policies on these perceptions and the potential of these perceptions to develop more informed conservation policies, capable of contributing to economic and social sustainability. Her research ethnographically illuminates the often abstract concepts of heritage values, place identity and their role in place making.

Chris Fennell (Anthropology) has recently published the following (and see his
new book on the BOOKS page):
– “The Stoneware Pottery Communities and Heritage of Edgefield, South Carolina,” thematic collection of nine articles, edited by Christopher C. Fennell, Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage Vol.6, Nos. 2 and 3 (2017).
– “Challenging Theories of Racism, Diaspora, and Agency in African America,” thematic issue edited by William A. White III and Christopher C. Fennell, Historical Archaeology 51(1): 1-148 (2017).
-“Manufacturing Relationships in Industry, Craft, and Heritage,” introduction chapter in “Perspectives from Historical Archaeology: Investigations of Craft and Industrial Enterprise,” textbook compiled and edited by Christopher Fennell, pp. 9-30, Society for Historical Archaeology, Germantown, MD (2016)
– “Innovation, Industry, and African-American Heritage in Edgefield, South Carolina,” article in “The Stoneware Pottery Communities and Heritage of Edgefield, South Carolina,” thematic issue edited by C. Fennell, Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage 6(2): 55-77 (2017).
– “Architecture and Landscape Art” (with Shawn Fields and Rebecca Schumann), in Routledge History of the American South, edited by Maggi M. Morehouse, chap. 12, pp. 164-176, Routledge, New York (2017).
– “Reflections on Dynamic African American Cultures and Communities in the Upper Mid-Atlantic, 1610s to 1950s,” chapter in Archaeologies of African American Life in the Upper Mid-Atlantic, peer reviewed book edited by Michael J. Gall and Richard F. Veit, pp. 185-197, University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa (2017).