Oct 09 2013
Jennifer Zovar was awarded the Department of Anthropology 2012 Award for Excellence in Anthropological Scholarship. She received a monetary award and her name was engraved on the wall plaque in the department office.
Jessica Edwards traveled in May to Quito as a site leader for Vanderbilt’s Office of Active Citizenship and Service’s Ecuador Experience. The Ecuador Experience sends graduate and undergraduate students to perform service work in various organizations primarily focused on education and public health around Quito. On the weekends the students explored different regions of the country such as the Amazon jungle and Cotapaxi. Prior to travel, Jessica assisted the OACS team in organizing sessions on Ecuadorian politics and history by Diana Orces, a Vanderbilt alumna who is on the staff of LAPOP (Latin American Public Opinion Project). Others in the Vanderbilt community spoke to students on topics that were directed toward service and development abroad.
Felipe Girón received the 2012 Department of Anthropology Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. He received a monetary award and his name was engraved on the wall plaque in the department office.
Katie Angell, Charlie Gibson, and Rebecca Keng, 2013 M.A. LAS graduates In April, are to be congratulated on their accomplishments. Katie Angell is now a special projects paralegal in New York City at an international law firm that works on cases in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Charlie Gibson is working in arts education at the Global Education Center in Nashville. Rebecca Keng, who presented her thesis on Japanese emigration to Brazil, “Mirror, Mirror: Four Generations of the Japanese Diaspora in Brazil and the United States,” is working as a marketing intern at Keng’s Firearms Specialty, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia.
Courtney Campbell (History) is project director of a recently awarded grant through the British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme: “Digitizing Endangered Seventeenth to Nineteenth Century Secular and Ecclesiastical Sources in João Pessoa and São João do Carirí, Paraíba, Brazil.” The team recently conducted a two-week course for students in João Pessoa at the Universidade Federal da Paraíba that included workshops on document handling and preservation by Maria da Vitória Barbosa and on digitization by Courtney Campbell and David LaFevor. They traveled to São João do Carirí to start work on the oldest ecclesiastical record in the area—a book of baptismal, marriage, and death records for enslaved Africans dating from 1752—at the Paróquia da Nossa Senhora dos Milagres in the sertão of Paraíba. The students will continue work in that church, as well as at the Instituto Histórico e Geográfico Paraibano and the Arquivo Histórico Waldemar Bispo Duarte. Co-directors of the project are Marshall Eakin (History) and Solange Rocha (Universidade Federal da Paraiba).