In fall 2021, the Humanities Council welcomes Wendy Belcher and Judith Hamera as the Council’s 2021-2022 Old Dominion Research Professors.
Old Dominion Professors are full professors in the humanities and humanistic social sciences appointed for a term of one year, one semester of which would otherwise have been devoted to a regular sabbatical leave. The Professorship extends that leave to one full year.
Professors Belcher and Hamera will participate in the year-long program which provides additional research time and enhances the humanities community more broadly. They will contribute to the Council’s programs and events and engage colleagues and students from across the University in sustained discussions about their work. The research projects are as follows:
Wendy Laura Belcher, Professor of Comparative Literature and African American Studies
Project: Ladder of Heaven: The Miracles of the Virgin Mary in Ethiopian Literature and Art
Judith Hamera, Professor of Dance in the Lewis Center for the Arts and American Studies
Project: Los Angeles Live Art and Critical Pluralist Imaginaries, 1989 – 2000
The Professors will also serve as Faculty Fellows in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts.