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Public Goods Council appoints fellows for 2004-05

Spotlighting the University's rich library and archival collections, the Public Goods Council (PGC) has invited four scholars to campus this year to use those resources to enrich the undergraduate experience for U-M students.

The council awarded its 2004-05 fellowships in its postdoctoral fellowship program "Teaching with Research Collections" to M. Eugenia Deerman, Angela Dillard, Matthew Edney and Elizabeth Miller.

Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program offers senior and junior postdoctoral fellowships to promote the teaching of undergraduate students through the use of research resources of the academic libraries and archives on campus.

The fellows will develop and teach undergraduate research seminars based on the use of archives, manuscripts, books or other printed materials held by the Bentley Historical Library, Clements Library, Special Collections Library or any part of the University Library system.

"I am pleased to welcome these scholars to the University of Michigan community. This is an exciting program, one that brings together many strengths of the University," says Provost Paul N. Courant. "Undergraduate education is tremendously enriched as the Public Goods Council postdoctoral fellows help students explore and understand the scholarly collections of the University. The value of the collections is in their use, and this program increases that value.

"We are grateful for the generous support of the Mellon Foundation and appreciate the continuing work of the Public Goods Council, both of which make this program possible."

The council welcomes two senior fellows—Dillard and Edney—and two junior fellows—Deerman and Miller—for 2004-05. A senior fellow is a scholar/professor who is five years or more beyond his or her doctorate; a junior fellow is a scholar/professor who has received his or her doctorate within the past five years.

"The Public Goods Council is pleased to welcome another group of fellows to the campus. Each of this year's appointees brings interesting and important historical questions to address through use of the special collections in the Bentley, Clements and University Libraries," says Francis X. Blouin Jr., director of the Bentley Library and principal investigator of the program.

"Very few universities can offer this kind of experience. The intellectual challenges in the use of these historical sources are both sophisticated and extremely exciting. We remain grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for funding this important initiative."

Deerman, who is returning for a second year as a PGC fellow, is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of History. She earned a master's degree in sociology and doctorate from U-M. Her dissertation was entitled "On the Side of Angels: Redemption, Race and Gender in the Politics of the Christian Right."

Deerman's fall colloquia in the history department are "Stories of Change: American Right & Left" and "American Women's Movements."

Deerman says she has worked closely with the Bentley to identify ways to attract undergraduate researchers, and she is working with two graduate students in the School of Information on studies of archival users intended to help the Bentley increase engagement with undergraduates.

Dillard, who will come to U-M in the Winter 2005 term, is an associate professor in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. Dillard, who earned her master of American culture and doctorate at U-M, will be a fellow in the Department of History.

Along with teaching, Dillard will use her fellowship time away from NYU to finish the book manuscript, "Social Justice in the City: Preaching Social Change in Detroit from the 1930s to the 1960s."

Dillard's dissertation had a local focus: "From the Reverend Charles A. Hill to the Reverend Albert B. Cleage Jr.: Change and Continuity in the Patterns of Civil Rights Mobilizations in Detroit, 1935-1968."

Edney is an associate professor in the departments of Geography-Anthropology and American & New England Studies at the University of Southern Maine (USM). He also serves as a faculty scholar in the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education at USM.

Edney, who is a visiting associate professor in the Program in American Culture, completed two degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning a master of cartography and a doctorate. His dissertation focused on "Mapping and Empire: British Trigonometrical Surveys in India and the European Concept of Systematic Survey, 1799-1843."

Edney is teaching two history colloquia this semester, including "Spaces of Power, Designs on Place: Europe Maps the World, 1450-1800," and "Mapping America: Cartographic Constructions of Territory and Identity."

Miller, a visiting assistant professor in the Department in English Language and Literature, spent 2003-04 as a visiting assistant professor of English at the University of Oklahoma. She pursued graduate studies in the state of Wisconsin, culminating with a master of English literature and doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Concentrating on late-19th and early-20th century British literature at Madison, Miller wrote her dissertation on "The New Criminal Woman: Crime Fiction, Gender, and the British Culture at the Turn of the Century."

She will work with the Labadie Collection and the Humanities holdings in Special Collections, and will teach the class "Print Culture and the Literary Object in Socialist and Anarchist Literature of the fin-de-siècle."

The Public Goods Council comprises academic units dedicated to the advancement of scholarship and culture that are not affiliated with a school or college within the University. For more information, visit

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