NEW ORLEANS — Newly announced fellowships from the National Humanities Center in North Carolina will enable two faculty members at Loyola University in New Orleans to pursue book projects.

A Loyola news release says the NHC fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year went to Professor Laura T. Murphy and Associate Professor Rian Thum.

Murphy received the NHC’s John G. Medlin Jr. Fellowship, which will allow her to work on her book about late-20th century first-person accounts of modern slavery.

The university says Thum will spend his yearlong NHC Trustees’ fellowship pursuing his current book project, a re-examination of Chinese Islam.

Murphy and Thum are among more than 30 recipients of NHC fellowships this year.

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