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4th Annual Geraldine Grace and Maurice Alvin McWatters Visiting Fellowship

It is with much pleasure that we announce the recipients of the 4th Annual  Geraldine Grace and Maurice Alvin McWatters Visiting Fellowship, here at Queen’s University Archives for 2015-2016. Dr. Catharine Randall and Dr. Randall Balmer will be coming to Kingston, Queen’s, and the Archives early next summer to take up the four week residency to pursue in-depth research into an absolutely fascinating early 20th century individual – Flora MacDonald Denison. Their research will delve into “shifting identities and permeable borders” and will cross psychic and spiritual, physical, provincial and national, gendered, literary, and ideological boundaries on both sides of the 49th parallel. Flora MacDonald Denison was daughter, sister, teacher, businesswoman, mother, suffragette, labour rights activist, Walt Whitman devotee, patron of the arts, nature enthusiast, early environmentalist,  journalist, theosophist, spiritualist, and medium; a complex, complicated, and multi-layered  individual who will be brought to light in a subsequent book and, possibly, a television documentary.

Both the Reverend Dr. Catharine Randall, and Dr. Randall Balmer, are currently in the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.  

For further information relating to the Geraldine Grace and Maurice Alvin McWatters Visiting Fellowship, you are invited to visit the fellowship page.

Queen’s University Archives wishes to thank Dr. Cheryl McWatters and her husband, John MacDiarmid, whose generous endowment has made this Visiting Fellowship a reality.

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