Faculty Fellowship Program


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Music, Memory, and Change in Arab America

Christopher Witulski, Assistant Teaching Professor of Ethnomusicology     

Fall 2021

College of Musical Arts    

Musical performances, listening, and memories show conflicting values across and within immigrant communities like those of Arab America. Sound also animates efforts to negotiate assimilation, tradition, memory, and creativity, demonstrating its importance within debates about what Arab America is and should be. By considering a wide variety of relationships— religious, generational, political, economic, and others—this project explores music’s role in both dividing and uniting Arab America through collaborative research that foregrounds the voices of these communities themselves, both past and present.

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Sanctuary Churches and Sanctuary Schools in a Context of Migration Securitization    

Bruce Collet, Professor in the School of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Policy             

Fall 2021

College of EDHD

Since the November 2016 election, hundreds of United States public school districts have declared themselves as “sanctuary” campuses, providing certain legal protections and a welcoming environment primarily, although not exclusively, for undocumented students. This sanctuary provision addresses a critical need in an era of profoundly anti-immigrant rhetoric as well as legislation. In addition to taking measures to fortify the U.S southern border, imprison asylum seekers, separate children from their families, and cut the number of refugees allowed into the country to its lowest level since the modern refugee program was established in 1980, the past administration also ramped up deportation measures, including an increase in arrests of individuals in an enforcement operation who were not themselves the original target.  During the fellowship, I will research ten sanctuary Christian churches within whose geographic communities also exist sanctuary public school districts, and ten sanctuary public school districts that are also located in sanctuary cities. My goal is to understand how “sanctuary” is being taken up as an act of resistance within this particular historical period and socio-political context.

Ali Hoag

Light Forms

Ali Hoag, Glass Area Head and Assistant Professor of Glass at BGSU                    

Spring 2022

School of Art    

Alli Hoag, Glass Area Head and Assistant Professor of Glass at BGSU, has partnered with Catie Newell, Director of Digital and Material Technologies Program at the University of Michigan to develop a glass modular building unit to reconnect the indoors with the world outside. A central focus of this design is to connect human inhabitants to the natural rhythms of light and and dark, known as circadian rhythms, which are important in determining the sleeping and feeding patterns of all animals, including human beings. There are clear patterns of brain wave activity, hormone production, cell regeneration and other biological activities linked to this daily cycle. The ICS fellowship will create the space and time to utilize digital and physical design practices to create prototypes and initial production runs.

Nicki Kalaf Hughes

Hetoric and Representation in Congress

Nicki Kalaf-Hughes, Political Science      

Spring 2022 

This project addresses questions of representation by exploring an under-studied aspect of the political process, how district preferences are reflected in the written communication of members of Congress. This project takes an interdisciplinary approach to examine when, how, and with whom legislators communicate, and which rhetorical strategies are most successful in their legislative appeals.