The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Fellowship for Winter International Travel 2016

The Fellowship for Winter International Travel offers the chance to pursue a passion, a professional development experience, or a service opportunity - complementing Reed's rigorous academic offerings with the opportunity to develop new skills and expand beyond Reed, beyond the U.S. and into the world!

The program awards fellowships of up to $3000 to students to travel for approximately three weeks over winter break.  Students have proposed projects to pursue that will expand their perspectives, foster multi-cultural competence, and involve a personal development component.  

2016 project summaries

Thanh Chu:  DIY and play-based education in Pune, India

My winter project is centered on “learning by doing” education, set in the context of the rural village Pabal in Pune, India. Vigyan Ashram, where I will volunteer, is an education center focused on teaching local villagers technical skills while engaging them in creating technologies that may solve their every day problems. I have always wanted to promote hands-on learning in my own home country, Vietnam, and will learn from this center how that ethos may be practiced in reality. The maker movement, combining the spirit of the old shop class with modern tech in local Do-It-Yourself spaces, has spread all over the world as fabrication technologies became highly accessible. This movement has proved to be relevant not only for engineering industries, but also for education. One learns to work independently, to be more self-sufficient, curious and creative, to embrace mistakes and to be more willing to take risks. Having worked at Free Geek and OMSI, and having used fabrication tools at the machine shop, I have had some basic maker skills necessary for this engagement. This experience can instill the autodidact ethos further into my own practice, and more importantly, allow me to learn how it applies to other people’s learning.

Cristopher Creech:  Studying Soviet and Contemporary Russian Satire in Moscow, Russia

Over winter break I will travel to Moscow, Russia to develop my understanding of Russian culture, particularly concerning Russian literature. With this aim, I will focus specifically on the reverberations caused by Mikhail Bulgakov’s satirical epic The Master and Margarita. This novel was written at the height of the Great Terror (though published in 1967), and I plan to use it as a source of comparison to the current literary climate in Russia to gain a better understanding of how Bulgakov’s satire has set the baseline for modern Russian satire. To this end I will delve into the various resources on hand in Moscow; particularly the Bulgakov Museum and Mikhail Bulgakov Theatre (and participate in the various cultural excursions offered by these institutions). I also plan to visit other notable landmarks and cultural centers that pertain to Russian literary culture to ground my analysis in a broader context, for instance the Pushkin Museum, the Institute of Russian Realist Art, the Kremlin and Red Square. 

Ashlee Fox:  The meaning of food Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Growing up, my dad often worked out of town. When we reunited after months apart, even though we had missed out on many aspects of each other’s lives, food was how we reconnected. We shared a passion for trying new cuisines and we joyfully bonded through food. I plan to combine my personal experiences and interests in the ways that other communities understand food, and travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina for twenty days in January to write a food blog. I will visit four restaurants recommended to me by a culinary student in Argentina, Siga la Vaca, La Cabrera, Tegui, and Elena. I will spend the rest of the trip experiencing cuisine as I encounter it at food stands, markets, and restaurants.

In my Cherokee community, our traditional foods are ignored by mainstream society. Because of this, I am interested in the way food culture can both ignore the foods of marginalized communities, yet also exploit them. My food blog will reflect on the tremendous cuisine of Buenos Aires, and also consider the economic, social, and cultural implications of food on various communities within the city, including traditionally marginalized groups.

Annelise Hill:  Scuba Diving and Marine Conservation in Honduras

Coral reef ecosystems are fragile and are being threatened and damaged around the globe by climate change, ocean acidification, and human practices. While the decline of the Great Barrier Reef is well known, the health of the second largest barrier reef is less publicized. For my project, I would travel to Roatan, Honduras to learn to scuba dive and work on reef conservation on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. The Roatan Marine Park is an organization that aims to promote a sustainable reef that is ecologically healthy as well as supportive of the livelihoods of those who rely on it. The group manages the Sandy Bay - West End Marine Reserve, a marine protected area, and implements a range of environmental conservation, education, and infrastructure projects. I will get experience in non-profit work as well as environmental work and exposure to an array of environmental projects. I will spend my days assisting on a coral gardening project as well as environmental education. This project will allow me to develop a new skill, get experience working with an environmental non-profit, and give back to the environment.

Savannah Hugueley:  Broken Hands Play Guitars - Exploring Human Rights in Chile through Music

With the democratic election of Salvador Allende, the Nueva Canción—or Chilean New Song—Movement emerged, mixing Andean music styles with socially conscious, and politically driven, lyrics. The 1973 Chilean coup, which introduced the military dictatorship of General Pinochet, forced the whole musical movement to go underground by banning many traditional Andean instruments and killing musicians of the movement, namely Víctor Jara. To stop him from being able to play guitar, a soldier broke Víctor’s hands; however, the sound of Nueva Canción only spread further throughout Latin America, becoming a platform for political protest.  As information continues to emerge about the human rights violations of Pinochet’s dictatorship, Nueva Canción has persisted and new politically driven styles of music have emerged and grown under the re-birth of democracy in 1989. For my project, I plan to travel to Valaparaíso and Santiago, Chile to visit museums and historic sites dedicated to the lives lost in human rights abuses of the rightist military regime. Through a combination of recordings and small interviews, I will experience the re-emerging music scene of Chile, and the ways in which it continues to incorporate the style and hope of Nueva Canción.

Kristina Kutateli:  History, Memory, and Identity in the Republic of Georgia

There are few places in the world where history and memory are as politicized as they are in Georgia—in 2009, a WWII memorial in Kutaisi was destroyed by the government and replaced with a parliamentary building. Meant to be a reclamation of national history from the old Soviet framework, the destruction was met by hundreds of protesters. The project went on regardless, and while the destruction indeed represented for many the turning of a new, more democratic era, this instance is emblematic of the complicated nature of memory in Georgia. For my project, I will attempt to capture this complexity through photography and a series of essays. I will explore the ways in which identity manifests in places of memory across Georgia—from state-sanctioned monuments and national museums; to thousand-year-old cathedrals and monasteries; to the ritual of supra and toast-making; to family mantels, collections, and photo-albums. How do concepts of history, memory, and identity shift across these different contexts, cities, and generations? I will visit four cities in all—Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital; Kutaisi, Georgia’s legislative capital; Gori, the birthplace of Joseph Stalin; and Kaspi, the birthplace of my father.

Annabelle McCall:  Exploring Artist Books through Time, London, England

I will spend two weeks in London researching the history and current state of artist books. Artist books are exciting because they can be high-craft illustrated manuscripts, avant-garde publications that function outside of the art world, unreadable sculptural objects, or anything in-between. I begin my research at William Morris' estate, Red House, and in the British Library's Special Collections. Then, I will travel across London visiting a variety of contemporary cultural spaces including alternative makers spaces, galleries, independent publishing presses, bookshops, and pop ups. I will gather a wealth of information about artist books from the Industrial Era and its backlash in the Art and Crafts Movement all the way up to Contemporary Practices.

Sarah Racz:  Buckling Instabilities in Barred Galaxies, Lancashire, England

I propose to work at the University of Central Lancashire with Professor Victor Debattista to continue research I have already been involved in with Professor Johnny Powell here at Reed. N-body simulations allow us to model large-scale structures of the universe and develop theories about them. Using data from N-body simulations I will look at buckling instabilities in barred galaxies, to try to determine more about their structure. Bars are found in 2/3 of all spiral galaxies, our own Milky Way is itself a barred spiral. More interestingly only 20% of old spiral galaxies have bars, while 70% of new ones do, so it is certainly something that peaks interest. It has been previously determined through simulations done by Prof. Victor Debattista that boxy-peanut-shaped bulges in galaxies are correlated with asymmetries that reflect these instabilities. I hope to add to a theory that will explain the relationship between this kind of bulge and the asymmetry that gives evidence for the buckling instability.

Noah Radetsky:  Neuroscience in Barcelona, Spain

As a student fascinated by both neuroscience and Spanish, my interests don't often intersect. This fellowship offers an unprecedented opportunity to combine my passions and exponentially increase my proficiency and knowledge in both areas. The Barcelona Brain Lab, a cognitive research group associated with the University of Barcelona, is a small group of highly accomplished neuroscientists who investigate the mysteries of the brain using the latest technology. My dream is to be a researcher of the brain--grappling with complex questions and using sophisticated equipment to find the answers. As a first-generation college student and a gender minority in the STEM fields, this opportunity to observe and study in a real neuroscience lab would provide me with the knowledge, experience, and role models I need to succeed. I would have the rare experience of learning about the brain in an entirely different context--in a different culture, a different language, and in a completely different region of the world. I will travel to Barcelona and serve as an intern/undergraduate researcher alongside Carlos Escera, the leader of the group, for three weeks, all while being immersed in the Spanish language and interacting everyday with incredibly learned neuroscientists from around the world.

Mical Yohannes:  Learning Arabic and Exploring Refugee Integration Efforts in Morocco

As an Eritrean refugee, I hope to pursue a career in healthcare to tackle disparities in health faced by refugee communities. As of February 2016, the Moroccan Red Crescent reported that Morocco has more than 100,000 refugees, so I will travel through northwestern Morocco to get a better understanding of how Morocco is managing the influx of refugees. I will participate in a two week intensive Modern Standard Arabic language program at the Qalam wa’ L Center in Rabat, Morocco. I will also be attending two excursions per week to historic sites, cultural lessons after class, and living with a Moroccan host family, all of which are offered by the Qalam wa’L Center. I will spend the rest of my time traveling from Rabat to Taroudant, Morocco, to interview volunteers at the Moroccan Children’s Trust, a non-profit organization that operates a street outreach program that provides a school program, access to healthcare, leadership opportunities, and recreational activities for children and families, including refugee families, living on the streets. This experience will supplement my interest and experience in biomedical research with a more holistic perspective for understanding the health and wellbeing of refugee communities.


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