In 2017 I visited Monticello, Virginia, the home of Thomas Jefferson, as one of 14 teachers attending the Monticello Teacher Institute’s ‘Barringer Research Fellowship for Teachers of American History’, writes Bill O’Brien-Blake. Monticello was a thorough and exceptionally well-supported training environments for teachers and it helped me develop my understanding of historical events and the management of primary sources and the teaching of secondary interpretations and shifts in historiography.
Thanks to the generous grant provided by the Malcolm Bradbury prize, I spent November 2016 carrying out invaluable research in New York and the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, writes Samuel J Cooper. During my time in New York I also spent a great deal of time at Poets House where I was able to access small press publications and rare chapbooks that provided me with a detailed insight into the poetic influences on the two poets at the heart of my thesis (Jeff Derksen and Juliana Spahr).
In June 2017 I was able to visit both Nashville and Los Angeles thanks to the BAAS Marcus Cunliffe Award, writes Janet Aspley. During this trip I was able to develop my ideas on country music clothing and authenticity by accessing an unpublished biography of tailor to the stars, Nudie Cohn.