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Dr. Ronak K. Kapadia Wins Prestigious UIC Scholar of the Year Award

Professor Kapadia Named as the Rising Star Awardee in Humanities, Arts, Design, and Architecture

GWS Associate Professor Ronak K. Kapadia recently was named as one of the 2022 UIC Scholars of the Year! Dr. Kapadia earned recognition as a Rising Star in the Humanities, Arts, Design, and Architecture category. These awards recognize and celebrate the efforts and commitment of individuals who advance knowledge as well as inspire and promote continued excellence in research and scholarship at UIC.

Dr. Kapadia's interdisciplinary research engages critical ethnic studies, transnational queer and feminist studies, visual culture and performance studies, and critical studies of US empire and the national security state. He a lead project director and co-curator of Surviving the Long Wars, a multi-sited public humanities collaboration with the emerging Veteran Art Movement that explores the intimacies between the two “forever wars” in US history—the 18th and 19th century US “Indian wars” and the 21st century “global war on terror.” Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Surviving the Long Wars explores the multiple, overlapping histories that shape our understanding of warfare, as well as alternative visions of peace, healing, and justice generated by diverse communities impacted by war. The project includes a virtual scholarly seminar series at the nexus of critical ethnic studies, native/Indigenous studies, and Middle Eastern Studies on the histories and futures of Native rebellion alongside contemporary US militarism and warfare. The project culminates in the second Veteran Art Triennial & Summit happening this weekend (March 16-19, 2023) at the Chicago Cultural Center, Hyde Park Art Center, and Newberry Library.

Learn more about Dr. Kapadia's work here and more about the UIC Scholars of the Year here.

Congratulations, Dr. Kapadia!