Rashna Darius Nicholson (NHC Fellow, 2021–22)

Project Title

“Helping Hands”: U.S. Cultural Diplomacy, Soft Power and Theatre for Development

The University of Hong Kong

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Nicholson, Rashna Darius

Fellowship Work Summary, 2021–22

Rashna Darius Nicholson conducted archival research at the Rockefeller Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution, and the National Archives in Washington DC. She completed readings of most of the secondary literature for “Helping Hands”: U.S. Cultural Diplomacy, Soft Power and Theatre for Development and submitted a proposal for the book to Duke University Press. Nicholson also completed two other pieces of substantial writing related to her project: an article/short book titled "The Festival of India!: Translating Development and Diplomacy at the End of the Cold War,” (submitted to Past and Present and as a book proposal to CUP Elements) and an article titled “The Ford and Rockefeller Foundations, Indian State-building and the Origins of Cultural Development.”