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Arts & Humanities Fellows Program presents series of animated shorts

The Arts & Humanities Fellows Program in Texas A&M University’s Division of Research today launched an online showcase of animated shorts featuring outstanding scholarship generated by the program’s Class of 2015 fellows.

Each animated short describes a research project supported by a three-year grant of $15,000 from the Arts & Humanities Fellows Program. Recognized for their creativity and scholarly value, these projects were the first to receive funding from the program. The videos are available at

“At Texas A&M, we believe that investing in the arts and humanities is as critical for building a better future as is investing in science and technology,” Vice President of Research Mark A. Barteau said. “By presenting these outstanding research projects through animation, our Arts & Humanities Fellows Program hopes to immerse its audiences in the remarkable creativity and intellectual prowess of our Fellows.”

The videos feature the following Arts & Humanities Fellows and their projects:

  • Olga Dror, professor, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts, produced a book that reveals how the Vietnam War shaped youth cultures on both sides of the conflict.
  • Galen D. Newman, associate professor, Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning, College of Architecture, developed a spatial model to help policymakers to predict and mitigate urban decline.
  • Kristan A. Poirot, associate professor, Department of Communication and the Women’s Gender Studies Program, College of Liberal Arts, toured historic sites in the southern United States to see how they present the issues of violence, race and gender during the eras of slavery and Jim Crow.
  • Brian J. Rouleau, associate professor, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts, studied how the U.S. government has used children’s literature over time to teach youngsters around the world about the “American way of life.”
  • Daniel L. Schwartz, associate professor, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts, created an accessible database,, to preserve the history and language of Syriac culture.

In the coming months, videos will be produced on each of the five classes of the Arts & Humanities Fellows Program, as well as future classes.