Mark Taplin

Roth Endowment Emeritus Award 2018

Mark Taplin received the inaugural Lois Roth Emeritus Award, on August 6, 2018, for his career of service in cultural and educational diplomacy abroad and his tours as a principled and courageous policy leader in the ECA Bureau. Through his willingness to communicate openly with colleagues, flexibility and strategic planning, Mark guided the ECA through existential budget threats, proving that the Bureau’s spirit of innovation, productivity and commitment to excellence can survive, and even thrive, in times of great stress. Now retired, Mark is known among his former colleagues for his profound leadership, sense of humor, elegant writing and speaking and his deep-rooted belief in the power and criticality of international exchange.

Elizabeth Doe Stone

Swedish Project Support, 2018

Elizabeth Doe Stone, of the University of Virginia, explored fin-de-siècle artistic and social connections between the US artist John Singer Sargent and Swedish painter Anders Zorn. Her award allowed her to expand her archival research in Sweden and Denmark.

Svea Larsen

Swedish Project Support, 2018 

Svea Larsen, of Pacific University, conducted research that explores how the return of Swedish immigrants in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries influenced Swedish rural society. Her awarded funded and exhibition on the movement of immigrants between Sweden and the U.S.

Sozopol Fiction Seminar, 2018

Fellows:  Albena Todorova (BG), Genadiy Mihaylov (BG), Jo Langdon (AU), Nathan Go (US), Peter Krumov (BG), Rumen Pavlov (BG), Sacha Idell (US), Sofie Verraest (BE) and Taymoor Soomro (UK).