BERLIN, May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
The American Academy in Berlin has awarded Berlin Prizes - semester-long fellowships in Berlin - to 21 artists, historians, literary scholars, and writers for fall 2015 and spring 2016.
The American Academy's Acting Chairman Gahl Hodges Burt said: "We look forward to the arrival of these outstanding fellows and to continuing the US/German conversation in all of their different fields."
Fellows, who were chosen by an independent selection committee, will examine a diverse array of projects and topics, including East German urban-planning efforts in Vietnam, small-scale methamphetamine production in rural Missouri, and contemporary Islam through the work of Arab poets since World War II.
The highly coveted Berlin Prize is awarded annually to scholars, writers, composers, and artists who represent the highest standards of excellence in their fields. Fellows receive a monthly stipend, partial board, and accommodations at the Academy's lakeside Hans Arnhold Center in Berlin-Wannsee.
The Berlin Prize allows recipients the time and resources to step back from their daily obligations to work on academic and artistic projects they might not otherwise pursue, and to engage with their counterparts in Germany.
The Fall 2015 Class of Berlin Prize Fellows
Mary Cappello, Writer and Professor of English and Creative Writing, University of Rhode Island
Robin Einhorn, Preston Hotchkis Professor in the History of the United States, University of California at Berkeley
Monica H. Green, Professor of History, Arizona State University
Adrià Julià Artist, Los Angeles, CA
Philip Kitcher, John Dewey Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University
Anthony Marra, Writer and Jones Lecturer in Fiction, Stanford University
Michael B. Miller, Professor of History, University of Miami
Jason Pine, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Media, Society and the Arts, State University of New York at Purchase College
Moishe Postone, Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of Modern History and the College, University of Chicago
Christina Schwenkel, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of California at Riverside
The Spring 2016 Class of Berlin Prize Fellows
David Behrman, Composer, New York, and Professor of Music, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College
Mary Ellen Carrol, Conceptual Artist, New York
Robyn Creswell, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Yale University
Yemane Demissie, Associate Professor of Film and Television, Tisch School, New York University
Steven Hill, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation
Hari Kunzru, Writer, New York
Michèle Lowrie, Professor of Classics and the College, University of Chicago
Roxani Margariti, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, Emory University
Spyros Papapetros, Associate Professor of History and Theory of Architecture, Princeton University
Corine Schleif, Professor of Art History, Arizona State University
Brenda E. Stevenson, Professor of History, University of California at Los Angeles
SOURCE American Academy in Berlin