Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship
2018-2019 Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellows
Anastasia Nikolis is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Rochester. Her dissertation looks at the construction of confession as a poetic style in postmodern and contemporary poetry. She is the poetry editor of the literary translation press Open Letter Books. As a public humanities fellow, she will be organizing a participant-led discussion group in which the participants bring poems, song lyrics, or fragments of other literature to share with the group to foster more engaged dialogue across different racial and cultural communities within the city of Rochester. With the help of partner establishments, the group aims to incorporate ethnic cuisines and cooking practices as crucial sites for social connection so that other aspects of sharing cultural experience are represented beyond language and literature.
As a Public Humanities Fellow, Tracy will develop a series of workshops and public conversations about the history and present of racial representation in color photography through the local lens of Rochester, NY.