GREENEVILLE - Dr. Madison Sowell, Tusculum Universityâ€™s provost and vice president of academic affairs, is participating in a prestigious monthlong research fellowship at Harvard University.
A widely recognized interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Sowell received the Howard D. Rothschild Visiting Fellowship in dance. His research project at Harvard is entitled â€œAmerican Ballet Lithographs of the Romantic Era: A Study in Iconography and Cultural History.â€ His work is taking place in the Houghton Library.
â€œThe Visiting Fellowship program offers scholars at all stages of their careers funding to pursue in-depth research on the libraryâ€™s holdings, draw on staff expertise and participate in intellectual life at Harvard,â€ the university said.
This fellowship is the latest example of Dr. Sowell participating in professional development activities at an Ivy League institution. Previously, he engaged in certificate and post-doctoral studies programs at Harvard, Columbia University and Dartmouth College. He also earned his masterâ€™s degree and doctorate in romance languages and literatures from Harvard.
Dr. Sowell has served at Tusculum since 2018. During his career, he has published, edited or co-authored eight books and more than 130 articles, encyclopedia entries and book reviews on topics ranging from medieval Italian literature to 19th-Century theatrical almanacs and dance iconography.
â€œTusculum is blessed to have a provost with the breadth and depth of knowledge of Dr. Sowell, and he sets an outstanding example that learning does not end with a diploma,â€ said Dr. James Hurley, Tusculumâ€™s president. â€œHe also shows his leadership by recommending faculty and staff members for further studies so they can enhance the student experience.â€
Thanks to his fellowship, Dr. Sowell also has an opportunity to expand his horizons for Tusculumâ€™s benefit.
â€œI am humbled by this recognition and honored to return to the university where I completed my graduate studies many years ago and where I have fond memories of my formation as a scholar,â€ he said. â€œThe Harvard Theatre Collection, which houses some of Houghton Libraryâ€™s greatest treasures, will provide extensive primary materials for my interdisciplinary research. I am grateful for this exceptional opportunity for additional professional growth.â€