Bowdoin’s John Holt, professor of religion and Asian studies, has snagged a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship to examine the violence of Buddhist extremists against Muslim minorities in Sri Lanka and Burma.
Holt’s award is the third Guggenheim Fellowship in three consecutive years for a Bowdoin faculty member. In 2013 a Guggenheim went to art professor Michael Kolster for his photography project ‘Take Me to the River,’ and in 2012 Kristen Ghodsee of gender and women’s studies won a Guggenheim to investigate the communist-era Bulgarian women’s movement.
Not to be outdone, Bowdoin’s alumni have also achieved a Guggenheim trifecta: 2014 winner Deke Weaver ’85, a performance and multimedia artist, was preceded by poet L. S. Asekoff ’61 in 2013 and playwright Adam Bock ’84 in 2012. As winners of this prestigious fellowship, these scholars, scientists, and artists have joined an elite group that includes dozens of Nobel Laureates, poet laureates, and winners of honors such as Pulitzer Prizes and Fields Medals.