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October 5, 2005

History Lecturer Awarded 2004-2005 ACLS Fellowship

By Jan Jennings

Patrick Patterson, a historian who teaches in Eleanor Roosevelt College's "Making of the Modern World" program, has been awarded a 2004-2005 fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). The 2004-2005 ACLS fellowships total 4.8 million dollars awarded to 139 American scholars from 102 institutions.

Patterson’s fellowship grant of $25,000 is for postdoctoral research in Southeast European Studies. His project title is Socialist Societies Consumed: The Culture of the Market and Everyday Life in Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

Patterson says the “comparative and interdisciplinary project assesses the nature and significance of socialist, consumer culture … Challenging prevailing interpretations of the region’s (Eastern Europe and the Balkans) history, the research tests the global reach – and limits – of capitalist economics and market culture.”

Patterson received a J.D. from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

The New York-based ACLS is a private non-profit federation of 68 national scholarly organizations. Its mission is “the advancement of humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences and the maintenance and strengthening of relations among the national societies devoted to such studies.”

Media Contact: Jan Jennings, (858) 822-1684

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