Congratulations to Thornton Miller, Casey Brege, and Ben Wheeler (pictured above), who have been awarded Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships for the 2014-2015 academic year! Click here to learn more about FLAS Fellowships at the University of Illinois.
Thornton Miller, a doctoral student in musicology, has been awarded a FLAS Fellowship through the UIUC Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center. His research interests include Anglo-Soviet cultural exchange and intellectual property rights during the Cold War, and Benjamin Britten’s relationship with Soviet authorities, musicians, and audiences.
Master’s student Casey Brege, whose FLAS Fellowship is funded by the Center for African Studies, has research interests in hip hop, feminism, and oppositional political culture in Morocco from 1999 to the present.
Ben Wheeler, also a master’s student, will receive his fellowship from the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center. Ben is interested in wartime bard music from the Caucasus, specifically the regions of Chechnya, Georgia, and Abkhazia. He is also interested in representations and receptions of the music of ethnic minority communities throughout the Caucasus.