I am pleased to announce the 2018-19 Jackie McLean Fellows for the University of Hartford.
Krystal Kabakama Klingenberg will join the faculty of the Hartt School in their Academic Studies Division. Krystal holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Princeton University and an MA in Music from Harvard University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Music at Harvard, with a secondary focus on African and African American Studies. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on the popular music of Uganda. Krystal has received an impressive array of awards and fellowships during her time at Harvard and has presented her work at national conferences.
Boeun Billie Lee will join the Art History Department in the Hartford Art School. She holds a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, an MFA in Painting from Yale University, and an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Billie is currently a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her field areas are Art and Politics, Critical and Cultural Theory, and Diaspora Studies and her dissertation is entitled The Politics of Possibility: Art, Pedagogy, and Social Change. Billie has held professional appointments at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, the University of New Haven, and Queens Museum. She has an impressive record of publications, presentations, projects, and exhibits.
The Jackie McLean Fellowship, now entering its twelfth year, has brought thirteen scholars to campus, four of whom have now joined the full-time faculty. Fellows are in residence during the fellowship year. Responsibilities include teaching one course per semester, conducting research or creative scholarship toward the completion of their degree or as a follow-up to their graduate work, giving at least one performance or presentation to the University and/or Hartford community, mentoring students and/or student organizations, and engaging in academic service.
Jackie McLean was a world-renowned alto saxophonist, educator, composer, and community activist who served on the faculty at the University of Hartford for 36 years. In 1968, he established the African-American music department and later the Jazz Studies degree program at The Hartt School. In 1970, he and his wife Dollie McLean founded the Artists Collective, a nationally recognized non-profit, interdisciplinary cultural arts institution serving at-risk youth and the Greater Hartford community through the preservation and perpetuation of the art and culture of the African Diaspora.
I want to thank the nominating departments as well as the Jackie McLean Selection Committee, chaired by Woody Doane from Hillyer College. I look forward to welcoming our two Fellows in the fall.