This exhibition features the work of Houghton Library’s 2017 cohort of undergraduate fellows. Currently entering its fourth year, the Houghton Undergraduate Fellowship Program offers Harvard College students ten
weeks of funded research at the library between June and August.
Presented by: Houghton Library
Admission: Free: No Tickets Required
January 23 – April 28, 2018, Chaucer Case
The fellowships are laboratories of academic and personal exploration and have opened up dynamic areas of research and creative work through the course of three years and fifteen fellows. Working equally with Houghton’s world famous collections and the almost entirely unknown, the ancient and the contemporary, the enduring and the ephemeral; as researchers, practitioners, and experimenters, the fellows are mentored by library staff as they discover new areas of interest or to delve into ongoing projects.
As the program has grown, it has diversified to include a range of experiences. Houghton Library/SHARP fellows are part of the Harvard University Summer Humanities and Arts Research Program and pursue projects that have resulted in creative essays, exhibitions, plays, music and more; Book Arts fellows draw heavily on the Printing and Graphic Arts collection at Houghton—and work with pressmaster Ted Ollier at the Bow and Arrow Press in Adams House—to realize artistic print-based projects; and 75th Anniversary Fellows have developed meta-projects that relate specifically to Houghton’s collections.
The six 2017 fellows: Devon Guinn ‘17, Leon Pan ‘18, Mario Menendez ‘18, Allison Law ‘20, Jensen Davis ‘20, and Tawanda Mulalu ‘20—span fields as wide apart as biology and literature and, further, bring together their divergent interests in physics and poetry, or open access and letterpress. As the most academically diverse cohort of Houghton undergraduate fellows yet, they are the proof that the library has something of interest for everyone.