Current Robinson Honors Fellows

Grace Han

Class of 2018
Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Majors: Art History & Political Science

This summer, Grace will study the work of the Italian Renaissance artist Giotto and his contemporaries traveling around Italy where she can compare and contrast the fluidity of perspective in Western art history. She is hoping to analyze the art of making two-dimensional media three-dimensional.

Michael Hensley

Class of 2017
Hometown: Rutherfordton, NC
Majors: History

This summer, Michael will travel to archaeological sites, museums, and universities across Europe in order to study the religious icons, mosaics, and manuscripts of the Byzantine Empire that have survived to the present, and create a blog that will highlight the cultural and religious significance of this “forgotten” empire to Western European civilization. By examining the religion of the Byzantine Empire through multiple facets, he hopes to draw larger conclusions about the art, religious practices, and culture of Byzantium.

James Messmer

Class of 2018
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Majors: History & Computer Science

This summer, Jimmy will travel to London and visit the British Library Archives, British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cambridge, and Aberystwyth and study apocalyptic thought in early modern England. His project seeks to create an immersive learning experience delving through pamphlets expressing warnings of the apocalypse from early modern England and tie these to similar medieval expressions.

Noah Rawlings

Class of 2018
Hometown: Cary, NC
Majors: Comparative Literature

This summer, Noah will be traveling to Paris, France for two months to research 19th-century developments in the fields of botany and use them to contextualize horticulture-influenced depictions of plant life in Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. Immersing himself in the botanical texts Proust was reading during the writing of his epic novel, Noah will assess what these depictions implicate for reading Proust in the 21st century.

Anne Sutton

Class of 2018
Hometown: Burlington, VT
Majors: Voice Performance & Geography

This summer, Anne will travel to London and Dartington to study historically informed baroque performance with manuscripts and masters. At the British Library in London, she will look at the original manuscripts of different Handel operas in which Faustina Bordoni, an Italian soprano active in Italy, Germany, and England, performed to explore the question of how singers affect composition, specifically their role in the musical zeitgeist during the Baroque era in the early 1700s.