Dr. Phil Mosley Awarded Arts and Humanities Grant

Dr. Philip Mosley, professor of English and Comparative Literature at Penn State Worthington Scranton was one of only eight individual faculty recipients of Penn State's Institute for the Arts and Humanities grants for his project, "The Cinema of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne: Realism and Responsibility."

He was named as a recipeint during the Institute for the Arts and Humanities second round of faculty awards for 2009, for the period of July through December.

"I am delighted to be one of two Commonwealth Campus recipients of this grant," Dr. Mosley said. "It will permit me to prepare a manuscript of the research I have been conducting on the work of the Dardenne brothers, social realist film makers from Belgium, who have twice won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and whose major films dramatize ethical crises in the lives of individuals living on the margins of society."

This particular grant program, awarded through Penn State University, helps fund the research and creative projects of individual faculty members in and across the arts and humanities at Penn State. The monetary awards support materials, travel for research and creative activity, costs related to publication, wages for research assistance, and teaching release time.

Applications are reviewed by members of the Institute's advisory board and recommendations are made to its Director. Research and products related to the funded program are then disseminated in a variety of ways, including presentations as part of the Faculty Lecture Series, roundtables, symposia, seminars, performances, exhibitions and publications.

The Institute for the Arts and Humanities fosters excellence by stimulating and supporting innovative, interdisciplinary work across the boundaries of departments, schools, and colleges.
Through its wide-ranging, inclusive programming and funding, the Institute strives to play a role of leadership on issues of multidisciplinary and multicultural relevance and importance in the arts and humanities. Support of individual and group projects and of planned programming such as lectures, symposia, exhibitions, and performances builds a vibrant interdisciplinary community and helps raise the profile of the arts and humanities at Penn State.

Dr. Mosley has published extensively on literature and film, and he also translates literature from French to English. His latest translation, of The Book of the Snow by Belgian poet François Jacqmin, is forthcoming from Arc Publications in the U.K. His interest in cinema has led him to be involved in organizing and presenting a variety of film events both locally and nationally.