Ruthann Godollei, DeWitt Wallace Professor of Art and Art History: Photo by Xavier Tavera


Juliette Rogers, Professor of French and Francophone Studies

St. Paul, Minn. – DeWitt Wallace Professor of Art and Art History Ruthann Godollei and French and Francophone Studies Professor Juliette Rogers have both received Fulbright Awards for the spring 2019 semester. Godollei will be at the University of Alberta in Canada working in the field of printmaking, and Rogers will be at the Université de Lille in France researching women writers from the 19th century.

As the recipient of a Fulbright Canada Research Chair at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Ruthann Godollei will engage in studio work to create a new body of art in the field of printmaking.

“I will be devising an interactive public art project built around the concept of the giveaway,” Godollei said. “This involves reaching out to faculty, student, and community groups working on issues of social practice art, cultural heritage, language, identity and inclusivity, reflecting on issues both common to the U.S. and Canada and those uniquely distinctive to the host region.”

Using multiple methods, such as direct observation, dialogue, reading, research in galleries, museums and cultural centers, attendance at cultural events, along with work in the studio, the project will evolve organically but be based on previous print exchanges and art gifting projects Godollei has done. The project is intended to promote the concept of equitable educational and cultural exchange and its role in fostering international understanding.

A former Dean of the Fine Arts Division, Godollei has exhibited internationally, incorporating political and social commentary in her prints. Her work is in collections such as the National Museum of Art, Poznañ, Poland, the Royal Museum of Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium, Rutgers University, Syracuse University, the National University Library in Rijek, Croatia, KUMU National Art Museum of Estonia, the State Museum & Art Gallery, Penang, Malaysia, the Centre for Fine Print Research, Bristol, UK, the Frederick R. Weisman Museum at the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Museum of American Art and many more.

“Femmes du nord: Highlighting the Work of Women Writers from the Hauts-de-France region” is the title of Juliette Rogers’ Fulbright to France.

Rogers’ Fulbright grant can be broken down into three parts:

She will be working with specialists in 19th-century French literature and Gender Studies at the Université de Lille, including her colleague Professor Martine Reid and other faculty working in the research group Analyse Littéraire et Histoire de la Langue (ALITHILA, or Literary Analysis and History of the Language), and with faculty from the region who are teaching at universities in Louvain and Brussels.

“At the same time, I will be conducting my own research project on 19th century women writers “from the north” (northern France and southern Belgium), in order to better understand their contributions to Belle Epoque literary movements, which have traditionally focused on Parisian writers, rather than authors from the provinces,” said Rogers. “These writers include the well-known Romantic era poet Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, but also less well-known authors Neel Doff, Caroline Gravière, and Germaine Acrement, who wrote and published in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.”

Finally, Rogers will be “interviewing several contemporary women writers who are from the region as part of her book project on French and Quebecois writers, tentatively titled Working Narratives: Women and Work in Contemporary Literature. The research will become a part of her comparative study of representations of working women, both from the professional and the laboring classes, in recent French fiction and film.

French women writers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries have been Rogers’ main research interest since her doctoral dissertation on Colette. She has published numerous articles on this topic as well as a book, Career Stories: Belle Epoque Novels of Professional Development. She has served as President of the American Council of Québec Studies, President of the Women in French organization and is currently serving as Editor in Chief of the Women in French Studies journal.

The Fulbright Program, which aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. As Fulbright grantees, Godollei and Rogers join a prestigious group of more than 380,000 Fulbrighters from over 160 countries that have participated in the Fulbright Program since its inception in 1946.

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December 7 2018

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