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2018 James Smithson Fellow Cohort

Posted on Oct 1, 2018 by in The OFI Blog |

The 2018 James Smithson Fellow Cohort (from left to right) : Tess Korobkin, Ben Davidson and Sarah Beetham

The 2018 James Smithson Fellows have arrived!

Tess Korobkin (NMAAHC): Sculptural bodies of the Great Depression
Research into Depression-era American artists who significantly reinvented the materiality, practice, and politics of public sculpture during a period of radical social, political, and cultural transformation.

Ben Davidson (NMAH): Freedom’s Generation – Coming of Age in the Era of Emancipation
Research on the formative experiences of black and white children who were part of the first generation to grow up in the United States after slavery.

Sarah Beetham (SAAM): Monumental Crisis: Accident, Vandalism, and the Civil War Citizen Soldier
Research will trace a path from Confederate monuments’ material history to their divided present moment and outline possible solutions for the current memorial conflict.

James Smithson Fellowship Program Information

Started through the generosity of Paul Neely, past chair of the Smithsonian National Board, the James Smithson Fellowship Program offers an early career opportunity for post-doctoral scholars interested in gaining experience in both scholarship and policy through a Smithsonian lens.

Research for this year’s theme of History, Memory, Authenticity focuses on the meaning attached to historic people, objects, events and places. The fellows research at the Smithsonian will address history’s “authenticity” in social media and modern society.

This fellowship provides an immersion experience working with Smithsonian scholars and relevant collections. In addition these fellows will develop an inside view of how policy is crafted and resource plans designed by participating in enrichment programs offering direct experience internally with Smithsonian leaders, and externally with leaders throughout the Washington, DC network. For more information about this fellowship, look here.