(from left to right): Geoffrey Brock: The FSG Book of 20th-Century Italian Poetry, Lynn Jacobs: Opening Doors, Beth Schweiger: The Gospel Working Up

(from left to right):
Geoffrey Brock: The FSG Book of 20th-Century Italian Poetry, Lynn Jacobs: Opening Doors, Beth Schweiger: The Gospel Working Up


New Ways to Support Innovative, Interdisciplinary Research

by Darinda Sharp

Fulbright College will host a new grant writing workshop in the fall. The Arts and Humanities Grant Writing Workshop, which will be held from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Old Main room 523, is designed to benefit faculty at every level, from recent graduates to advanced researchers. It will be the first in a series of events focused on the nationally competitive fellowship process and the importance of applying for external funding.

“The workshop’s spotlight on innovative and interdisciplinary research in the fine arts and humanities distinguishes it from other grant writing programs at the university,” said Lynda Coon, associate dean of Fulbright College and workshop organizer. “By building on Fulbright College’s impressive record of garnering nationally competitive grants, the goal of these regularly scheduled workshops is to increase the number of faculty applying for top fellowships.

We will also celebrate the achievements of those scholars who have already earned awards and are generously willing to share the art of successful grant getting with their peers.”

Fulbright faculty members have already established impressive records in winning the most prestigious fellowships in the Humanities and Fine Arts, including: 

  • American Council of Learned Societies
  • Fulbright American Scholars
  • Guggenheim Fellowships
  • Mellon Foundation Fellowships
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • National Humanities Center

The Sept. 16 session will concentrate on Top American Research University fellowships in the fine arts and humanities, including those offered by the Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and National Humanities Center. 

The workshops will feature faculty who have previously received such awards and who are willing to impart their expertise, experience and enthusiasm for winning nationally competitive grants. Organizers and presenters hope to intensify engagement with competitive grant awards as part of the university’s initiative to increase federal and extramural research expenditures.

The inaugural workshop will showcase Fulbright College faculty members Geoffrey Brock, Lynn Jacobs and Beth Schweiger. All three have won multiple Top American Research University fellowships. The methods used by these three scholars bridge the often artificial divide between artistic and humanistic research endeavors.


Brock, professor of creative writing in the department of English, is a poet and translator who has taught in the university’s highly ranked Creative Writing Program since 2006. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005, which he applied to his most recent book is The FSG Book of 20th-Century Italian Poetry. His latest collection of original poems, Voices Bright Flags, will be published in January 2015. He received a 2010 fellowship from the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library to complete the collection. Brock has also received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and one from the Howard Foundation at Brown University.


Jacobs, professor of art history and religious studies in the department of art, teaches courses in Medieval, Italian Renaissance, Northern Renaissance and Baroque Art. She has written articles on Northern Renaissance painting, sculpture and manuscript illumination, which have appeared in journals such as Art Bulletin, Zeitschrift fűr Kunstgeschichte and The Sixteenth Century Journal. Jacobs has been awarded two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and her article, “The Marketing and Standardization of South Netherlandish Carved Altarpieces: Limits on the Role of the Patron,” was the 1990 recipient of the Art Bulletin’s Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize. Her books include Early Netherlandish Carved Altarpieces, 1380-1550: Medieval Tastes and Mass Marketing (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and Opening Doors: The Early Netherlandish Triptych Reinterpreted (Penn State Press, 2012). Her current book project focuses on boundaries and liminal spaces in Netherlandish art.


Schweiger, associate professor of history and religious studies in the department of history, teaches early American social and cultural history. She is the author of The Gospel Working Up: Progress and the Pulpit in Nineteenth Century Virginia (Oxford, 2000) and co-editor of Religion in the American South (North Carolina, 2004). She is completing a study of print and vernacular culture in the early South that has received support from many institutions, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, Yale University, the American Antiquarian Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Huntington Library. She received an American Antiquarian Society Fellowship (2008-09) and a Faculty Fellowship (2011-12), both from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information about the the workshop, contact Lynda Coon at llcoon@uark.edu. To register, contact Dawn Fisher at dfisher@uark.edu or (479) 575-4804 no later than 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9. Seating is limited to 40 participants.

Darinda Sharp

About the author

Darinda Sharp serves as director of communications for the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.