Vance L. Byrd Faculty Fellowship

Vance L. Byrd (German) won the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s New Directions Fellowship for his project, “Handmade History: Panoramas and 19th-Century Global Cultures of Commemoration.” The project examines the untold history of the trans-Atlantic business of memorials of the American Civil War and Franco-Prussian War, which contributed to American national identity, the formation of the German empire, and the complicated legacies of race, slavery, and colonialism in both countries. The award will allow him to study art history and Civil War history during a yearlong leave spent at Northwestern University.