Jonathan Gregory chosen for Bard Summer Institute Fellowship

Jonathan Gregory chosen for Bard Summer Institute Fellowship

30 Aug 2011    

Ph. D. student Jonathan Gregory recently returned from New York City where he spent part of the summer participating in the Bard Graduate Center's National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Summer Institute on The Material Culture of Nineteenth-Century New York City.  Jonathan was one of 18 persons nation-wide awarded a fellowship to attend this special research institute.   It provided an opportunity to learn more about the methodology and theories related to material culture studies, a significant aspect of TCD’s graduate program in textile history with a quilt studies emphasis, the area in which Jonathan is pursuing his degree.

Bard’s Summer Institute is designed for college faculty and museum professionals, and there is an emphasis on using artifacts in teaching college students in a range of disciplines. The insights that Jonathan brought back with him will help the IQSCM to increase the use of the collections in courses at UNL.  He also learned software designed for creating interactive on-line exhibitions. While at the institute Jonathan conducted research on the IQSCM collection’s famed “Reconciliation” quilt and plans to develop a digital 'exhibition' about it that will be incorporated in the online exhibition developed for the upcoming exhibition Covering the War:  American Quilts in Time of Conflict.

Jonathan earned his M.A. degree in textile history/quilt studies and, as the IQSCM’s director Dr. Patricia Crews explains, “He is an exemplary graduate who is representing both TCD and UNL in the best light in both scholarly and public forums.  We are fortunate to have him on our team.” Congratulations to Jonathan Gregory on this distinctive research and learning experience!

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