Faculty Members Krupat and Beard Receive Guggenheim Fellowships

Two Sarah Lawrence College faculty members have been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship Award. Arnold Krupat, professor of literature and global studies since 1968, will conduct research on Native American literatures. Jo Ann Beard, non-fiction guest faculty member since 2000, will use her fellowship for work on a memoir. Fellows are selected on the basis of distinguished past achievement and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.

Fellowships were awarded to 186 artists, scholars and scientists selected from over 3,000 applicants. Decisions are based on recommendations from expert advisors and are approved by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees which include seven former fellows: Joel Conarroe, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard A. Rifkind, Charles A. Ryskamp, Wendy Wasserstein, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and Edward Hirsch.

The Guggenheim Fellowship program is unique in its wide range of interest, age, geography, and institution of those it selects, as it considers applications in 79 different fields from the natural sciences to the creative arts. Seventy-nine institutions are represented by one or more Fellows which include writers, painters, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers, choreographers, physical and biological scientists, social scientists, and scholars in the humanities.

Arnold Krupat is the author of five scholarly texts including: Ethnocriticism: Ethnography, History, Literature, The Turn to the Native: Studies in Criticism and Culture, and Red Matters: Native American Studies; and two novels: Woodsmen or Thoreau & the Indians, and What to Do?. He is the editor for Native American literatures for the Norton Anthology of American Literature, and is the recipient of Fulbright, Woodrow Wilson, and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships.

Jo Ann Beard is the author of The Boys of My Youth, a collection of autobiographical essays, which received a Whiting Foundation Award and was named a New York Times Notable Book. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New Yorker, Story, Tin House, The Iowa Review and Best American Essays.