Head of Department of English Language and Literature Professor Stuart Christie was awarded the James M Osborn Fellowship by the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library of Yale University, USA.

Professor Christie will join other visiting fellows in residence in the New Haven area for about two months.

The Fellowship awarded in support of his project “Canonizing John Hersey” will provide Professor Christie with in-residence access to and analysis of the papers and letters of John Hersey who was a renowned American writer and journalist. Professor Christie said, “I'm delighted at the prospect of bringing Yale-based research even closer to HKBU and Hong Kong where Yale-in-China had its earliest impacts, especially among the American missionary community prior to 1930. And John Hersey was another among the famous ‘mish-kids’—China-born children of American missionaries—whose subsequent career contributions to American literature owe a lot to his attitudes and understandings of China which have been under-researched to date.”

The Beinecke Fellowship Program has a strong track record of supporting scholars who have made significant contributions to their field, and helps sustain the atmosphere of scholarly exploration and convivial intellectual exchange. Beinecke Fellows are encouraged to take part in the academic community while taking advantage of one of the richest collections of rare books and manuscripts of its kind in the world.