I have yet to provide my readers with a link to the press release announcing the 2007 Fellowship winners. 189 individuals were selected from nearly 2,800 applicants for awards totalling $7,600,00. Decisions are based on recommendations from hundreds of expert advisors and are approved by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, which includes six members who are themselves past Fellows of the Foundation – Joel Conarroe, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard A. Rifkind, Charles Ryskamp, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and Edward Hirsch.
“Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. The diversity of the 2007 Fellows is worth noting. They range from the 30-year-old fiction writer Daniel Alarcón of Oakland, California, and the 29-year-old video and sound artist Kalup Linzy of Brooklyn, New York, to the 75-year-old medieval and Renaissance historian, Meredith Parsons Lillich, of Syracuse, New York. The 189 new Fellows range not only in age but also in their interests, as the following samples show: Jane Ira Bloom’s musical composition based on Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams; Warwick Anderson’s research on the science of race mixing in the twentieth century; Rennan Barkana’s study of gas and stars in the early universe; Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi’s literary research on Jerusalem and the poetics of return; Timothy Beach’s scholarly work related to the environmental history of the Maya lowlands; William Ferris’ historical research regarding the Mississippi blues; and Dina Rizk Khoury’s study of war and remembrance in Iraq.”
A full list of the new Fellows can be found here.