ANSO is reeling from a huge spike in major declarations: 24 members of the Class of 2011 declared majors in Anthropology or Sociology. That brings our current total for the junior and senior classes to 42, the highest in memory and probably on record.
A short video of this year's end-of-year party at The Log can be viewed by clicking on the still below. (Needs Quicktime. Production thanks to Emily C. Brown, age 10, who loaned her Flip camera for the project.)
Award winners, 2009. This year's Friedrichs Prize in Sociology was awarded to Riki K. McDermott '09 (right, below), whose senior thesis, Through mixed eyes: The biracial experience and the current state of race in America, received honors. AnneMarie K. McLain '09 was awarded the Orton Prize in Anthropology.
Catherine Bolten '98, who has just accepted a job in the anthropology department at Notre Dame, won the University of California Press's 2009 Public Anthropology Book Competition for her book manuscript about post-civil war Sierra Leone, and we look forward to its prompt publication. The organization immediately put Cat to work on a short video promoting the competition, which you can see here.
Liz Hoover '01, who is working on her doctoral disseration at Brown, won a federal fellowship to support her research on the health impact of environmental contamination in Native American communities. On the web page of Brown's office of Native American Student Services, Liz talks about the work she put in to organize Williams College's first Native American Powwow. She's been hard at work doing the same at Brown, and you can see her in the gallery of powwow images included in the site.
Wendi Haugh '91, who has taught at Williams for the past two years as a visiting assistant professor, has started a tenure-track job in the Anthropology Department at Saint Lawrence University, Canton, NY. We're delighted to know that she'll be working in the neighborhood.
|Just in from Freeden Oeur '03: "After four years in Berkeley, I'm returning to the east coast in a few weeks to begin my dissertation research. I'll be doing participant observation and interviews in Philadelphia's only two all-boys public high schools, where I'll study how school officials use single-sex education as a vehicle for addressing the needs of poor, African American boys. I'm excited about the topic, which has become controversial in recent years . . . My first article, on religion on college campuses, and co-authored with a friend in the department, was published in the June issue of Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. I'm also presenting my first paper at ASA next weekend in San Francisco.|
Adam Chau '93 has checked in from the East Asian Studies Department at Cambridge, where has just landed after teaching at Oxford and SOAS for several years.
|Liv Osthus '96--stage name: Viva Las Vegas--is back in the news: she's featured in a recent story in The Daily Beast that details her experience with breast cancer and her forthcoming memoir, Magic Gardens. You can read her magazine article, "The Last Days of My Left Breast," here.|
Busy 2006 ANSO alums. Robin Kim '06 is starting a Master's in City Planning program at UC-Berkeley. Katie Krause '06 is in her second year of an MSc in Public Health with a focus in reproductive and sexual health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Rachel Winch '06 is working in DC as the International Hunger Fellow; she also works part-time as manager of a farmer's market. You can find Rachel's bio on this page.
Other alumni news. Emily Button '07 will enter the doctoral program in Anthropology at Brown this fall. Matt Beatus '09 and Ethan Cohen '09 will be studying law at New York Law School and the University of Maryland, respectively.
News about the activities of ANSO alums--including those of you pursuing non-academic careers--is always welcome!