Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, has announced the appointment of 14 new fellows for fall 2010.“The fellows program is the jewel in the crown of the Du Bois Institute, and this fall’s fellows will be key contributors both to the field of African and African American Studies in general and to the Harvard community in particular,” said Gates. “We have a number of ‘firsts’ this year, including our first Hiphop Archive fellow and our first teaching fellows in the Department of African and African American Studies. These institutional innovations will make the fellowship program stronger than ever.”Du Bois Fellows present their work in a weekly colloquium series, held at noon on Wednesdays in the Barker Center at 12 Quincy St., and lead workshops on critical areas in African and African-American research that are offered to selected scholars, sister research institutes, and by invitation. This fall, workshops will be offered on “Transatlantic Black Performance in Literary Theory,” “African American Theater and the ‘Self,’” and “Specters of Marxism.” Du Bois Fellows also participate in the varied activities of the Institute, including public conferences and major lecture series (W.E.B. Du Bois Lectures, Nathan I. Huggins Lectures, Alain Leroy Locke Lectures, and McMillan-Stewart Lectures).This year’s Du Bois Fellows are David Bindman, Todd Carmody, Adrienne L. Childs, Grey Gundaker, Meagan Healey, Theodore Miller, Jonathan Munby, Sophie Oldfield, Ronald K. Richardson, Mark Solomon, Nirvana Tanoukhi, Lisa Thompson, Omar Wasow, and Louis Wilson.To read full biographies and learn more about the fellows’ research, visit the Du Bois Institute’s website.