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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Scholars Program
in the Arts and Humanities
Hope College
Holland, MI 49422-9000

 

Mellon Scholars' Project Summaries

Opus Archival Project

Students:

Amanda M. Karby & Kaili Doud

Faculty:

Professor William Pannapacker

The goal of this project is to allow for all past issues of Hope's literary magazine to be preserved in an accessible Internet format, while still being kept in their original, printed forms in the archives of the college.

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Teaching Allen Ginsberg's Poem "A Supermarket in California"

Student:

Kayleigh Forlow

Faculty:

Professor Jesus Montaño

The lesson plans included on this site grew out of my thesis for my Sophomore Seminar Mellon Scholars project on "A Supermarket in California" (the research paper related to this project is included in the "Other References" section of this site for further reference in teaching the lessons and/or for additional reading). In my research paper on this poem I posit that Ginsberg intertextually invokes Walt Whitman and Federico García Lorca, because he is looking to these previous revolutionary poets (a term I seek to define in my paper) who used their poetry to attempt to create more socially accepting societies for guidance and support for his ideas of how to do the same in his current culture. In particular, he looks to Whitman and Lorca, because they lived in oppressive and polarized societies similar to the exclusivist and conformist mainstream society of America in the 1950s in which Ginsberg lived.

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A Hope for Reconciliation

Students:

Madalyn Muncy & Tessa Angell

Faculty:

Professors Ernest Cole & Charles Green

This project began as a class assignment to create short films documenting the reaction of students to the poster and in February 2011, under the guidance of Professors Ernest Cole and William Pannapacker. Today, some of the initial footage has been compiled with additional footage, in order to produce a 30 minute film, comprised of 14 interviews with students, faculty, and staff. All of the video interviews were filmed with a Flip video camera, and the film was produced with iMovie. Additionally, four learning modules, which are specific to the academic disciplines of history, psychology, religion, and English, were produced for this webpage. Each module contains additional interview footage, resources, and discussion questions that are relevant to the respective discipline. Although the modules are divided by discipline, the material can be used within a variety of disciplinary contexts.

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Reading Between the Lines

Students:

Athina Alvarez

Faculty:

Professor Anne Heath

This website's purpose is to help a general audience understand the history behind any book, new or rare.

Why do books matter?

Books are emblems of our culture and are a defining characteristic of developed civilizations. They are identified with religion, learning, art, and sound, moral virtues. They have brought entertainment, education, political change, spiritual growth, and intellectual development. They also provide access to knowledge, cultural heritage, and other information. Books have been a symbol of effective communication and they have the particularity of being able to be used for both good and bad.

The future of the book is doomed if the only interest that is held in them is factual. It is crucial to observe the book as an object or work of art; a contextual and cultural artifact.

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