2022 Catherine and Charles Freeburg Fellows

The purpose of the Catherine and Charles Freeburg Fellows Program is to encourage, facilitate, and highlight excellent research in the humanities and cognate disciplines at the University of Memphis. This program allows recipients to write and research in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment alongside other research-active faculty members and advanced doctoral students. By supporting and showcasing the research being conducted by our faculty and students, these fellowships strengthen the ties between the university and local community and demonstrate the vital role played by the humanities in our culture.

The fellows program is named in honor of Catherine and Charles Freeburg, whose bequest funds it. The Freeburgs were involved with the University for many years. Catherine Freeburg received an MA in English in 1972 and taught in the department for a number of years. Charles and Catherine were both active members of the Memphis community and supported many organizations. The couple met when Catherine began working as a realtor for Freeburg and Hammond, Charles' real estate company. They lived on Tuckahoe, very near the UofM, their entire married lives.

Faculty Recipients

Darryl Domingo (Associate Professor, English), ‘Shop-Rhetorick’: Advertising and the Arts of Persuasion in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Diana Ruggiero (Associate Professor, World Languages and Literatures), Fostering Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity through Community Engagement in the Post-Pandemic Classroom
Lindsey Stewart (Assistant Professor, Philosophy), Black Feminism, Refusal, and Pandemics
Micah Trapp (Associate Professor, Anthropology), Broccoli in Ruins: An Anthropological Account of How Food Becomes School Food

Student Recipients for Dissertation

Reese Faust (PhD Candidate, Philosophy), Dworkin, Dignity, and the Body: Constructing a Critical, Carnal Legal Hermeneutic
Hagar Abdelrahman (PhD Candidate, History), The Pharaonic Cultural and Linguistic Survivals in Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Egyptian Arabic