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May 15, 2009
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Jack Greene Honored by National Humanities Center

Jack P. Greene, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus in the Humanities in the Department of History at Johns Hopkins University, has been selected as one of 33 fellows at the National Humanities Center for the 2009-2010 academic year.

The residential program allows each fellow to work individually on a substantial research project and offers the opportunity to share ideas in seminars, lectures and conferences at the center, located in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina. Greene will join leading scholars from the faculties of 23 colleges and universities in 14 states, and as well as four institutions in Germany, The Netherlands, Poland and The United Kingdom. Chosen from 475 applicants, they represent the fields of history, literature, philosophy, art history, anthropology, environmental studies, musicology, and religion.

This will be Greene's second fellowship at the center, his having also been awarded a fellowship for the 1987-1988 academic year, which a center spokesperson said "puts him in rare company." Greene's project is titled The British Debate on American Colonial Resistance, 1760-1783. He is credited with being one of the seminal figures in the field of Atlantic history, the study of the continents and islands surrounding the Atlantic basin during the early modern period and the demographic, economic, and political exchanges among them, exchanges that resulted in the formation of new societies in the Americas, the emergence of Europe as a transoceanic imperial center, the development of the transatlantic slave trade, and the colonization of parts of Africa. Greene joined the Department of History in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences in 1966, retiring in 2005. He is also an adjunct professor at Brown University.

The National Humanities Center is a privately incorporated independent institute for advanced study in the humanities. Since 1978, it has awarded fellowships to leading scholars in the humanities, whose work at the center has resulted in the publication of more than 1,200 books in all fields of humanistic study. The center also sponsors programs to strengthen the teaching of the humanities in secondary and higher education. The National Humanities Center awarded nearly $900,000 in individual fellowship grants this year to enable scholars to take leave from their normal academic duties and pursue research at the center. This funding is made possible by the center's endowment, by grants from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by contributions from the center's alumni. For more information, see nationalhumanitiescenter.org/newsrel2009/ prfells200910a.htm.