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Washington and Lee English Professor Receives Fellowship

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Lexington, Virginia • June 14, 2007

Holly Pickett, assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University, recently received a fellowship from the Newberry Library/British Academy to conduct research into the religious culture of early modern England for three months in England this summer. Her larger book project is titled "The Drama of Serial Conversion in Early Modern England."

Pickett will be consulting manuscripts at the Bodleian Library in Oxford and the British Library in London that pertain to the phenomenon of serial conversion (changing religious affiliations more than once). In cooperation with the British Academy, the Newberry Library offers the exchange fellowship Pickett was awarded.

The Newberry Library, open to the public without charge since 1887, is an independent research library and educational institution dedicated to the expansion and dissemination of knowledge in the humanities. Located in Chicago, the Newberry is one of the world's leading repositories of a broad range of books and manuscripts relating to the civilizations of western Europe and the Americas. It acquires and preserves research collections of such materials, and providing for and promoting their effective use.

"As a personal and professional Anglophile, I am thrilled to have this opportunity to immerse myself in the unparalleled British libraries and in the country's rich culture." Pickett commented. "I know this will be a summer to remember, and I'm so thankful that the Newberry and British Academy have given me this chance."

She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss.

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