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Professor William Sharpe First Barnard Professor Honored with Fulbright Visiting Professor Award

europefellowships & grantsliterature & poetry Professor of English William Chapman Sharpe is one of three senior scholars honored with a Fulbright Visiting Professor Award—and the first from Barnard—which, according to the US-UK Fulbright Commission, is “viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar programme” and honors those who “have significant teaching and publication records.” Sharpe will teach and conduct research at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland from January to July 2018. His research will focus on Scotland’s role in the cultural history of walking, which he plans to publish in an upcoming book.

Sharpe, who joined the faculty of Barnard in 1983, specializes in the art, culture, and literature of the modern city, particularly New York. He teaches courses in urban literature, modern poetry, Victorian literature, and literary criticism. His current project examines the cultural history of walking in cities, as well as the emergence of walking as an artistic practice since the 1960s. In his course, “Walk This Way,” he explores pedestrian milestones from ancient Greek peripatetic philosophers to contemporary performance art. 

His most recent book, Grasping Shadows: The Dark Side of Literature, Painting, Photography, and Film (2017), analyzes dozens of artistic shadows in images and texts and proposes a method for understanding how shadows function in all artistic media.  

Sharpe received his Ph.D. and B.A. from Columbia University, and his M.A. from the University of Oxford.

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Spirit of Justice: Michelle Alexander & Angela Davis (Video)

“We always have to act as if revolution were possible, as if it were possible to change the world.” – Angela Davis
If you missed Friday’s conversation between Michelle Alexander and Angela Davis, be sure to watch it now! In conversation, the two reflect on the rise of the prison industrial complex, and offer thoughts on how we can best dismantle this systemic injustice.
Their wide-ranging conversation is eminently intersectional, noting how capitalism & white supremacy operate in conjunction to deprive folks of liberty and stifle social change. As our country continues to spiral into darkness, now is a time for bold and decisive action: There’s no clearer clarion call than these women’s prophetic words.

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Jake Jaffee '08

Jake Jaffee ’08 graduated from University of Mississippi with a degree in business management. He is currently modeling and has appeared in five fashion presentations during New York Fashion Week Men’s, and was featured in Vogue magazine for its article on the David Hart SS/18 Presentation for New York Men’s Day.

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Janos Martin, '87-'94

Janos Marton, who attended St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s from 1987-1994, is the director of policy and campaigns at JustLeadershipUSA, an organization committed to cutting the U.S. correctional population in half by 2030.

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Nellie Peyton '06

Nellie Peyton ’06 is a journalist based in Dakar, Senegal, where she covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, climate change, and human trafficking.

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