The Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of 173 Guggenheim Fellowships to a diverse group of scholars, artists, and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s ninety-third competition.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles has decided to preserve Brincando el charco: Portrait of a Puerto Rican (1994) by Frances Negrón-Muntaner and begin the “Frances Negrón-Muntaner Collection."
The film is a companion to George Saunders’ new eponymous novel that tells the story of a grieving president as he spends the night in the cemetery where his beloved son lies in rest. The film visualizes Lincoln’s haunting experience – and gives voice to the ghosts that populate Saunders’ evocative tale.
The film is a co-production by The New York Times, Plympton, Sensorium and Graham Sack. It was directed and written by Graham Sack. George Saunders collaborated on the adaptation.
Feb. 2 - Colm Tóibín has been honored by Liverpool University with a Chancellorship. For more information, see coverage by The Guardian.
University Provost, John H. Coatsworth, awarded Profs. Sharon Marcus and Nicholas Dames a grant for their proposed Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), "The Great Novels." For more information, see: https://provost.columbia.edu/node/282.