Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Barbara Miller cited in New York Times

Dr. Barbara Miller was recently quoted by The New York Times in an article entitled "In a Different Land, a Tradition Falls Apart". This article relates to Miller's research on hair and its symbolic significance in for Indian women. The author of the article, Sushma Subramanian, quotes from Hair: Its Power and Meaning in Asian Cultures, a book that Miller co-edited.

Check out the article here.

And check out the book here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Trin Tran (BA 2006) is back from the Peace Corps

Trinh Tran (BA Anth 2006), has just completed two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali.

She reports that:
"I have been home in California for a couple of weeks now and it has been nice to be with my family again. Memories of Mali still present themselves esp when I am awakened each morning by a rooster from my neighbor's house, surrounded by small children running around the house (my mom does in-house daycare) and eating rice as often as I did in Mali. Its like Mali with a Vietnamese twist. Perfect!
"Being in Mali was an experience I will never forget. I am thankful to have found friends and a community that I have learned so much from. It is not to say the two years did not come without frustrations and mistakes but if I have left with anything it is the belief that there is a way to make things better in this world through patience and a belief in the humanity and potential of others. And of course one cannot forget the laughter and the dancing."

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Undergraduate Blogs Abroad

John Spangler (BA Anth 2010) is studying in Madurai, South India, with GW's SITA program this semester. He has started a blog with pictures of his adventures. The address is:willtravel4food.blogspot.com.

If you have interesting abroad stories, please share them with us in the comments section, and make sure to check out John's blog.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Cotlow Researcher Update: Abigail Greenleaf

Abigal Greenleaf (BS Public Health 2007) writes:

"Hope all is well in DC! I am really enjoying my time here in Cameroon. It is an anthropological heaven! I am living in a compound with a Muslim family. There are three wives and over thirty kids so someone is always explaining something to me. The wives are great and are always inviting me to go to naming ceremonies, funerals, etc. I am learning Fulfulde, the local language and hopefully will be able to speak really well by the end of my two years."