The OSUN Center for Human Rights and Arts at Bard College is pleased to announce that Nadine Fattaleh and Oscar Humberto Pedraza Vargas have been selected as the inaugural (2021-22) recipients of the Center’s fellowship in human rights and the arts. The fellowship aims to support outstanding engagement in human rights and the arts by scholars, artists, and activists.
Fellows are appointed for a one-year period to pursue their own research projects while contributing to the curriculum of the new M.A. program in Human Rights and the Arts. In addition to teaching during their 2021-22 residence at Bard College’s Annandale-on-Hudson, NY campus, Fattaleh and Pedraza Vargas will also offer lectures and organize workshops at the school as part of the Open Society University Network (OSUN). Their presence at Bard and within OSUN will further CHRA’s mission of supporting multidisciplinary and collaborative knowledge production on the intersection of human rights and the arts.
“The fellowship program allows our M.A. Program to complement the course offerings of our permanent faculty,” said M.A. program director, Ziad M. Abu-Rish. “Nadine and Oscar are talented young researchers with daring intellectual, political, and aesthetic practices. They will explore with our students a range of investigative and documentary strategies, theoretical frameworks, and case-studies that will bring the front-lines of the struggle for rights into our classrooms.”
“Nadine and Oscar embody the scholar-activist-artist nexus. Their research and praxis on spatial justice, truth and reconciliation, and food justice are of particular relevance to CHRA’s programming. We are pleased to support their research while they inspire our students, faculty, and the public,” said Tania El Khoury, Director of the OSUN Center for Human Rights and The Arts at Bard College.
For more information about the 2021-22 OSUN Center for Human Rights and the Arts Fellows, read their bios here.