Jack Elliot's 2016 'Animus' on the Arts Quad

Ten Cornell faculty will be next year’s Atkinson Center faculty-in-residence fellows in the social sciences, humanities, and arts. Their sustainability projects range from an original theatrical performance that will travel to schools, to a legal study of Japanese nuclear policy 

Faculty in Residence Expand Sustainability Conversation

May 3, 2016

Jack Elliot's 2016 'Animus' on the Arts Quad

Ten Cornell faculty will be next year’s Atkinson Center faculty-in-residence fellows in the social sciences, humanities, and arts. Their sustainability projects range from an original theatrical performance that will travel to schools, to a legal study of Japanese nuclear policy and the Fukushima disaster, to a new book on how race and gender affect “food justice.”

Jack ElliottCurrent faculty-in-residence fellow Jack Elliott's sculpture 'Animus' was installed on the Arts Quad in May, 2016.

The Atkinson Center launched the faculty-in-residence program in 2015 to broaden Cornell’s culture of sustainability by providing targeted support to scholars in the social sciences, humanities, and arts. Working in residence in ACSF’s offices in Rice Hall, the fellows receive a semester of teaching leave and research funding to pursue projects related to sustainability, including exploratory research, artistic work, public engagement, books and articles, and course development.

Next year’s interdisciplinary group of fellows—representing five colleges and schools from across Cornell—will work on sustainability projects that span the globe, from the United States, to Burkina Faso, to South India, to Beijing. Religious studies scholar Kim Haines-Eitzen will focus on the ancient Mediterranean world. She plans to use her semester in residence to complete a book and design a new course on the interplay between desert ecology and religion.

“As we work to address increasingly urgent global environmental issues, the humanities can provide an important and deep sense of historical context,” she explained. “Artists have a similarly important role to play, by creating musical compositions, visual images, films, and so forth that express affectively and aesthetically how humans have impacted the environment and, in turn, how the environment has impacted human life.”

Next fall’s fellows are Carolyn Goelzer, Performing and Media Arts; Kim Haines-Eitzen, Near Eastern Studies; George Hutchinson, English; Neema Kudva, City and Regional Planning; Annelise Riles, Law School; and Mildred Warner, City and Regional Planning.

For spring 2017, the fellows are Adam Levine, Government; Shanjun Li, Applied Economics and Management; Noliwe Rooks, Africana Studies; and Wesley Sine, Johnson Graduate School of Management.

“I greatly look forward to being in residence at ACSF,” Adam Levine said. “I’m in the middle of a book-length project on communication and citizen engagement related to climate change, and this fellowship will give me the time and intellectual stimulation I need to complete the project next year.”