Doctoral Student and Faculty Member Among Campus-wide Honorees in Humanities Research

The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has awarded its annual Faculty and Graduate Student Fellowships and the Ragdale Residential Creative Fellowship. Ragdale Fellowships offer creative practitioners four weeks of residence at Ragdale’s non-profit, interdisciplinary artists’ community.

Marcelo Boccato Kuyumjian, doctoral student in jazz, has been named an IPRH Graduate Student Fellow for the 2018-19 academic year. The theme for this year was "Race Work" and Mr. Kuyumjian was one of only seven graduate students selected for this honor. His work was entitled “Performing Samba: Aesthetics, Transnational Modernisms, and Race”

Carlos CarrilloCarlos Carrillo, Assistant Professor of Composition-Theory, was granted the IPRH Residential Creative Fellowship for 2018. Ragdale Fellowships offer creative practitioners four weeks of residence at Ragdale’s non-profit, interdisciplinary artists’ community. Prof. Carrillo will spend his Ragdale residency working on a music composition titled Baquine. The piece will be a cantata for voices, two saxophones obbligato and orchestra. The vocal parts will include a solo female voice and a children’s choir and will have an approximate duration of 30-35 minutes. The baquine is an ancient tradition practiced in Puerto Rico and other parts of the Americas in which the death of a child is not received with a mournful ceremony but rather with a celebration, as the child, according to their belief, has now become an angel. The tradition fell into disuse due to medical advances which lowered the child mortality rate.

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