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The department is happy to report that the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has awarded a collaborative research grant to Professor Adam Warren. Warren is joined on the project by Martha Few of Penn State and Zeb Tortorici of NYU. Their project is entitled "Postmortem Cesarean Operations and the Spread of Fetal Baptism in the Spanish and Portuguese Empires."

More details can be found at the Simpson Center for the Humanities

Well done Adam!

 

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