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My name is Amanda Dibando Awanjo and I am a Humanities Engage summer immersive fellow for the University Art Gallery for the Summer 2021 session. As a critical cultural studies-fo...
My name is Hannah Standiford and I am a third-year graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology in the Music Department at the University of Pittsburgh. My research for my Master’s thesis focused on issues of consent with the Pittsburgh swing dance community. Using interviews and participan...
Hello, my name is Caitlin Dahl, and in the below video, I reflect on my experience designing a collections-based module with the Humanities Engage curriculum development grant.
 
Caitlin Dahl
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April 2021
 
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My name is Victoria LaFave, and I am a second-year PhD student in Theatre and Performance Studies. During the summer of 2020, I worked with the Curtis Theatre Collection to design a collections-based module titled “100 Years of Pitt Audiences.” This module was formatted for the undergraduate c...
Hello! My name is Paula Victoria Kupfer. I’m a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Pitt. I’ve had a longtime interest in the history of photography, the history of plants, and their representation in artworks. My dissertation project examines the histo...
As an ethnomusicologist, I am always thinking about new ways to share my work and engage with the public. Together with a nonprofit called Classical Revolution RVA and...
My name is Celena Todora, and I am a fourth-year PhD student in the English Department’s Composition Program. My dissertation explores how activists working within the field of prison education—whether through community or university efforts—employ, experience, and navigate institutional and aboliti...
My name is Brittney Knotts, and I am currently a fourth-year doctoral candidate in English Critical and Cultural Studies with a focus on children’s studies. Coming from a background in elementary education and afterschool work with elementary-aged children, my work is always heavily influenced by wh...
My name is Ben Naismith, and I am a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to undertaking a PhD, I had spent 15 years in the field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL), and it is this professional experience which has shaped my re...
My name is Amanda Dibando Awanjo, and I am a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the English Department. My research moves in and out of the archive to explore W.E.B Du Bois’ 1927 question, “What will people say in a hundred years of Black Americans?” Focusing on depictions of Black women and girls, I...
My name is Samuel Boateng. I am a Ghanaian pianist, composer, and fifth-year PhD candidate in the Jazz Studies program within the Department of Music at the University of Pittsburgh. Additionally, I am in the process of obtaining the African Studies doctoral certificate. After completing my comprehe...
My name is Alyssa Quintanilla, and I’m a fifth-year PhD Candidate in the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh. I am one of the recipients of the Humanities Engage Immersive Dissertation Research Fellowship for AY 2020-21. My dissertation “A Matter of Waste and Bodies” explores the u...
To briefly introduce myself, my name is Ben Naismith, and I am a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Linguistics at Pitt. I am somewhat atypical for my program in that I am a mature student returning to school after nearly 20 years as a professional in the field of teaching English as a for...
As a Humanities Engage Collections-Based Curriculum Development Grant recipient and 7th-year doctoral student in the History of Art and Architecture department, I worked with Professor Jennifer Josten (HAA) to develop a ne...
In my previous blog post, I introduced my collaboration with Professor Barbara McCloskey, whose course Foundations of Art History is being taught digitally for the first ti...