Anthropology graduate Jessica Bertram (BA, Anthropology and Human Biology/Dance & Movement Studies) receives Alan Rackoff Prize for her dance project “She fell, but felt no fear.”
Bertram based her project on research done in the Rose Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory. “I collected a lot of African American materials such as photos, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, books, poems, obituaries and music selections ranging from the late 1800s to the late 1900s.”
She was also selected to perform at the American College Dance Association Conference with Cherry Fung. For more, visit the Emory News Center.
(Photo by Lauren Lindeen)
Congratulations to this years award winners and honor students!
Anthropology Undergraduate Awards
Outstanding Junior: Deandre Miles
Outstanding Senior: Virginia Spinks
Marjorie Shostak Prize for Excellence and Humanity in Ethnographic Writing: Cameron Barker
Anthropology Graduate Awards:
George Armelagos Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student: Whitney Easton and Daniel Thompson
Anthopology Honor Students
Emory Anthropology Alumna Virginia Spinks (BA, 2017) received a Humanity in Action Fellowship. Virginia will join Fellows from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine to participate in the Humanity in Action Fellowship summer program.
Dr. Debra Vidali’s undergraduate course visited the Etowah Mounds. Home to several thousand Native Americans from 1000 A.D. to 1550 A.D., this 54-acre site protects six earthen mounds, a plaza, village site, borrow pits and defensive ditch. Etowah Mounds is the most intact Mississippian Culture site in the Southeast.
Dr. Debra Vidali’s undergraduate class visited New Echota. New Echota was the Cherokee Nation capital in 1825 and the starting point of the 1838 Trail of Tears. Also the location of Cherokee Phoenix, the first newspaper published by Native Americans, and in a Native American language.
The Anthropology Department successfully hosted a lively Showcase on Native American issues on Tuesday November 8th. Students in Emory University’s Indigenous Peoples of North America course presented their enlightening projects exploring public education and social justice applications on Native American histories, identities and present day controversies including the #DakotaAccessPipeline and #WaterisLife movement. The class had the opportunity to present to an audience from the Emory community and beyond, including the President Dr. Claire Sterk and Senior Vice President Ajay Nair.
The event was followed by an animated discussion.