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December 7, 1999 Contact: Amanda Mazur, (312) 996-7681,


Three researchers at UIC were awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) last Thursday, Dec. 2. Each researcher will receive $30,000.

The awardees and their topics are:

  • Brian Bauer, associate professor and acting chairperson of anthropology, the Prehistory of the Cusco Valley: the Development of the Inca State and the Social Organization of the Inca Heartland

  • Mary K. Vaughan, professor of Latin American Studies, department of history, Citizenship and the Schools: The Mexican Generation of 1968

  • Peter B. Hales, professor, department of art history, the Changing American Cultural Landscape, 1945-1999

"Being awarded an NEH fellowship grant is a major compliment," says Lawrence Keeley, professor of anthropology. "The grants are peer reviewed. It says our peers think our work not only is worthy, but deserves the precious few funds made available for research in the humanities."

"It is the most competitive and prestigious grant a humanist can be awarded," said Michael Perman, chairperson of the department of history.

"Being awarded three NEH fellowships speaks for the strength and continued growth of the humanities here at UIC" said David Sokol, chairperson of the department of art history.

"I am so thrilled," said Mary Vaughan. "This fellowship will allow me to spend a year in Mexico working on my new project. It is especially positive that two Latin Americanists from UIC received awards."

The NEH awarded 172 fellowships, totaling $5,160,000 to college teachers, university professors and independent scholars for research topics in the humanities.

With 25,000 students, the University of Illinois at Chicago is the largest and most diverse university in the Chicago area. UIC is home to the largest medical school in the United States and is one of only 88 national Research I universities. Located just west of Chicago's Loop, UIC is a vital part of the educational, technological and cultural fabric of the area.


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