Anna Leahy, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity , and Doug Dechow, Ph.D., digital humanities and science librarian at Leatherby Libraries, have been awarded a Visiting Fellowship at The American Library in Paris from October 8 to November 8.
While there Leahy will speak on “Reading Poems as Writing Prompts” and Dechow will present on “The Digital Humanities and Chapman University’s Center for American War Letters.”
Together they will also deliver a talk titled “Redeemed Aircraft.” The talk is based on their forthcoming book Generation Space: A Love Story and their research on the Concorde and the Spruce Goose.
The talk relates to what they are going to Paris to research: the Concorde. Leahy said that this fellowship attracted them because “it is at a library and Doug is a librarian, so the idea of connecting our writing projects and our day-to-day job of this fellowship was really appealing. Plus, we really love travel. We have been wanting to research and write about Concorde for more than a decade.”
Through this fellowship the American Library in Paris, located near the Eiffel Tower, looks to strengthen the Franco-American tradition and interests, and has more than 100,000 American and English language works. During their time in the fellowship, they will be actively engaging with the American Library while also working on a creative project.
Leahy and Dechow are the seventh and eighth fellows to be selected, following such writers as Ta-Nehisi Coates and Lan Samantha Chang.
Congratulations to Drs. Leahy and Dechow; how exciting! I look forward to hearing about your Fellowship adventures. I’ll root for the Cubs while you’re gone.