Lexington, LaGrange students awarded scholarship
Isha Chauhan, of LaGrange, Ky., Is recognized for her research in response to poet William Everson’s 1959 article, “Dionysus and the Beat Generation: The Reemergence of the Dionysian Spirit in Contemporary Life”.
To write her article, “Naked Dinner: A Comparison of Dionysian and Apollonian Values Between Generation Beat and Generation Z,” she used interlibrary loans, citation guides, librarian recommendations, archival documents, university search engines and databases.
Chauhan’s article compares the dynamic between the passionate and nonconforming Dionysian spirit and the sober and rational Apollonian spirit within the Beat Generation and Generation Z.
Highlighting attempts at literary retreat against Apollonian society in the Beat Generation and technology as a Dionysian spirit booster in Generation Z, Chauhan argues that the Beat Generation’s concession to the Dionysian spirit is established as more authentic by their lack of intentionality although Gen Z has been more successful overall in harnessing the Dionysian spirit to precipitate change.
Chauhan conducted his research under the mentorship of the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at Lewis Honors College. Tara Tuttle, whose HON 252 winter intersessional course, Other (ed) Voices of the Beat Generation, first introduced Chauhan to the Beat Generation, prompting him to reflect on the values of his own generation.
“In all honesty, I didn’t even know what the Beat Generation was. But to my surprise, the generation of like-minded rebel artists reminded me of my love for literature, ”said Chauhan, who specializes in biology. “Where Dr. Tuttle’s invigorating instruction combined with the subject of the course allowed me to reconnect with art, the library – and its many resources – encouraged my passion to complement my research career. “
In reviewing the article, Tuttle highly praised Chauhan’s research process and thorough analysis of the source material.
“I am delighted to learn of the well-deserved recognition for Isha’s hard work. More than any honors student I have had the pleasure of teaching, Isha was eager to expand beyond easy-to-find sources to support her point and learn more about the variety of services provided by the library, ”Tuttle said. “The result has been exciting and brilliant, and his work shows how meaningful interactions with librarians and broad engagement with library resources translate into a much more sophisticated end product. “
Haley Shaver, of Lexington, is recognized for her research-based recorded dance performances drawing inspiration from library spaces and databases.
Created with the support of the UK Department of Theater and Dance, “Proximity” explores the relationship between the COVID-19 pandemic and the negative impacts of isolation on mental health.
Shaver’s choreography, performed as a duet between Shaver and another dance student atop the Rose Street Garage opposite the William T. Young Library, delves deeper into the concept of human connection, linking every movement to a feeling or coping mechanism related to mental health.
To study movement manipulation methods and the impact of COVID-19 isolation on mental health, Shaver examined several resources available in UK library online databases, including “Dance composition” by Jacqueline Smith-Autard and “Impact of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) on mental health” by Bilal Javed, Abdullah Sarwer, Erik B. Soto and Zia-ur-Rehman Mashwani.
Demonstrating the correlation between the arts and the sciences, Shaver, who is pursuing a double degree in dance and biomedical genius, hopes his research “will prove that these are two important and similar areas in many ways.”
Shaver’s project was one of the seven student works accepted for the 2021 Spring Semester Dance Show, “EchoLocation: a mobile visit. “Participants were tasked with researching, choreographing and teaching their dance in collaboration with their designers and faculty mentors, as well as finding a suitable venue for their performance.
Faculty mentor Susie thiel, associate professor and director of the UK Dance Program, applauded Shaver’s finished product.
“Haley has excelled as a dance designer using research to inform, inspire and improve her movement material,” said Thiel. “I think Haley’s work and final product was one of the strongest student work. The location atop a parking structure, the well-designed sound score that relayed news about COVID-19 and mental illness, and the incredible research-based choreography and performance contributed to the success of “Proximity.”
As Dean’s Award recipients, Chauhan and Shaver will each receive a cash prize of $ 1,000, and their work will be published via UK knowledge, a digital collection of UK Libraries open access scholarships created by University of Kentucky faculty, staff, students, departments, research centers and administration.
UK Libraries annually award the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Scholarships to two UK undergraduate students, with one award for Paper / Traditional Scholarship and one for Digital Methodologies. To learn more or for updates on the 2022 application cycle, visit UK Libraries’ Dean’s Award Page.
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