Susan Bernofsky

The 2017 award went to Susan Bernofsky for her translation from the German of Go, Went, Gone, by Jenny Erpenbeck. Erpenbeck is the award-winning author of seven novels, five of which Bernofsky has translated into English. Erpenbeck’s moving 2015 novel Go, Went, Gone recounts the story of a former (East German) academic who befriends and

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Alistair Ian Blyth

Alistair lan Blyth won an honorable mention for his translation of The Book of Whispers, by Varujan Vosganian. In this moving novel, he unfolds the experience and memory of the horrific Armenian genocide that took place a century ago in the Ottoman Empire. Originally written in 2009/12 and translated into over 20 languages, Blyth’s translation

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Sozopol Writers’ Seminar, 2017

The special tenth anniversary edition of the Sozopol Fiction Seminar, organized by the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation (EKF), focused on creative non-fiction writing. The Bulgarian and American writing fellows selected to participate in last year’s Sozopol Fiction Seminar were: Akwaeke Emezi, Chris Fenton, Evan James, Jaclyn Moyer, Kate Angus, Petya Nakova, Ana Blagova, Bistra Andreeva, Galina

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Louise Richardson

The seventh annual Fulbright Legacy Lectures were given by Professor Louise Richardson, Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford. Through lectures at King’s College London on June 12, at Edinburgh University on June 14, and at Pembroke College, Oxford on June 16, 2017, Richardson addressed the roles of and challenges faced by universities in an

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Travis Franks

This year’s award went to Travis Franks of Arizona State University for his dissertation comparing narratives of settler colonialism and literature in two Texas-es: the town of Texas, in Queensland Australia, and the US state of Texas. His research will explore the use of literary and musical tradition to imagine a collective identity tied to

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Hannah Duncan

Hannah Duncan, of Brown University, received support to attend a master’s programin education and social justice at the University of Helsinki. She hopes that learning from Finland’s equity-based approach to early childhood education will prepare her to advocate for more effective multicultural education policies after completing law school in the U.S. Funds from the Roth

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Natalia Magnani

The second grant was awarded to Natalia Magnani who is conducting independent research on the revitalization of Skolt Sami culture through the revival of plant-based skills and knowledge. She is engaging with both young, urban indigenous populations, as well as more traditional groups to rediscover and share traditional identities and customs. Our project support grant

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Rebekah Zimmerer

Rebekah Zimmerer, of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, received an honorable mention in support of her comparison of private landowners’ forestry practices in Finland and the U.S. Support from the Roth Foundation has enabled Rebekah to extend her stay in Finland and helped her explore, more specifically, the role of gender in forestry practices.

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Lynn R. Wilkinson

This year’s award went to University of Texas professor Lynn R. Wilkinson to support final research for her book on Danish writer and cultural figure Emma Gad. Complementing Lynn’s earlier works on Anne Charlotte Leffler, a nineteenth century Swedish playwright, this book on Emma Gad will explore the writer’s role as a dramatist, journalist, hostess,

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Patricia Tupou

This year’s Winks Award went to Patricia Tupou, who is pursuing a Master’s degree in Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. As a member of the Tongan community, Patricia is interested in how Indigenous narratives about the environment shape discourse about climate change and influence resource management and sovereignty movements. She

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Solveig Mebust

Solveig Mebust, of the University of Michigan, is conducting doctoral research on the role of women in music activism during the nineteenth century, an important topic, as female contributions to the production of music are often overlooked. One of the main subjects of Solveig’s research is Nina Hagerup Grieg, the wife of composer Edvard Grieg

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Nora Uhrich

Saint Olaf College’s Nora Uhrich undertook timely research on the treatment of female refugees in Norway who have experienced sexual trauma and the role of cultural differences in how their cases are handled. She hopes to raise awareness about this vulnerable population and use her research to inform and influence legislators who work on refugee

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Kathleen Ernst

Kathleen Ernst, of the University of Tennessee, undertook research into the strengthening of climate services and social planning in Sweden. Through several case studies, she explored options for bridging the growing gap between the scientific community’s knowledge about climate change and the practical use of that information to plan for and adapt to the changing

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