WBEZ | Claire Chase http://www.wbez.org/tags/claire-chase Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en MacArthur Fellows include 5 with Chicago ties http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-10/macarthur-fellows-include-5-chicago-ties-102820 <p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6367_mengestu_2012_hi-res-download_3-scr.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px; " title="Dinaw Mengestu is one of five MacArthur Fellows with ties to Chicago (Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)" /></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F61951633&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=ffe12b" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>This year&#39;s <a href="http://www.macfound.org/fellows/class/2012/">MacArthur Fellows </a>are the usual eclectic bunch. Commonly known as &quot;genius grants,&quot; the list of 23 includes a geriatrician, a stringed instrument maker and an economist. Five&nbsp;people with ties to Chicago also got the nod.</p><p><a href="http://www.history.northwestern.edu/people/penningroth.html">Dylan Penningroth</a> is a historian at Northwestern University. His work explores African-American life during slavery and after the end of the Civil War.&nbsp;He&rsquo;s shed new light on the period, including how slaves were able to acquire and pass on property.</p><p><a href="http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/features/2010/06/14/100614fi_fiction_20under40_qa_dinaw-mengestu">Dinaw Mengestu</a> is an Ethiopian writer. He came to Illinois at a very young age.&nbsp;Since then he&rsquo;s explored the condition of Ethiopians in exile and at home.</p><p>Musician and composer <a href="http://iceorg.org/about/artist/chase">Claire Chase</a> is a co-founder of the International Contemporary Ensemble. MacArthur recognized her as the group is a significant part of Chicago&rsquo;s new music scene, including a three-year residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art.</p><p><a href="http://people.epfl.ch/melody.swartz">Melody Swartz </a>is a bioengineer originally from Glen Ellyn now based in Switzerland. Documentary filmmaker <a href="http://www.altamurafilms.com/">Natalia Almada </a>spent part of her childhood in Chicago and current works in Mexico City.</p><p>MacArthur Fellows are recognized for their potential to make significant contributions in the future. Grantees are given the financial means to do so &ndash; $500,000 paid out over five years, no strings attached.</p></p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 09:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-10/macarthur-fellows-include-5-chicago-ties-102820