Jacqueline Stewart has been announced as host of “Silent Sunday Nights” the programming block on Turner Classic Movies that "offers iconic movies from the silent era as well as forgotten gems and international classics". Prof. Stewart is the first-ever host of this program, and the first African-American host to be on the network beginning in September 2019.
- Prof. Stewart was also appointed as the Kluge Chair in Modern Culture at the John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress. This position is given to "scholars of great accomplishment chosen for their intellectual and communicative abilities." It provides a four-month period—from June to September 2020—when she will be in residence at the Library and able to pursue research in its collections.
Allyson Nadia Field has helped to identify and bring to light Something Good - Negro Kiss (1898), a film which has now been added to the National Film Registry.
- Prof. Field was also named an Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Spring 2019. This award is 'designed support significant new works of film scholarship' and was given in recognition of the importance of Ally's ongoing book project to rethink early American film in light of a broader history of the deep and complex connections between minstrelsy and popular culture
Robert Bird has two Neubauer Collegium Faculty Research Projects in AY2019-2020: Experimental Monumentality (with F. Miguel Caballero Vázquez, Harper-Schmidt Fellow) and Revolutionology: Media and Networks of Intellectual Revolution (with James Farr, Northwestern University)