Unearthing Fargo's Past
Dr. Kristen Fellows, archaeologist, and Dr. Angela Smith, history, along with their students, are working on unearthing artifacts from the Crystal Palace. The Crystal Palace once stood where the new city hall is under construction. The following two links is more information on their work.
Students Completing Degrees
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology had two students successfully defend their theses in the Sociology Program under the advisement of Christina Weber. Jonix Owino’s thesis, "Integration of African Refugee Women into the Fargo-Moorhead Community,” sought to better understand the barriers that African refugee women face as they try to integrate into the Fargo-Moorhead community. Owino will be competing in the Graduate School’s Three-Minute Thesis Competition in the spring. In addition, Jennifer Pruett’s thesis, "Tykes and Tenure: Navigating the University from the Standpoint of Faculty Mothers,” explored the unique challenges faculty mothers face while navigating North Dakota State University (NDSU), and the implications their experiences have intra/interpersonally. Pruett was part of a panel in the College of Science and Mathematics that addressed issues in work-life balance in early December.
We would also like to congratulate Alex Eberhardt, Sara Boppre, Bradley Egeland, Laura Gish, and Hannah Tepp in the completion of the bachelor's degrees fall 2015 semester. Good luck in the future endeavors and keep in touch!
Weber receives NEH Grant
Christina Weber (Department of Sociology and Anthropology) received a $201,104 grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities. The grant is part of the Humanities in the Public Square initiative, which brings together humanities scholars and the public for dialogue on contemporary issues of concern to communities.
The project, "Telling Stories, Creating Community: Understanding the Legacies of War at Home,” is year-long project to initiate dialogues on the legacies of war in the Fargo-Moorhead community through two public forums and a series of public programs. With collaborative support from Alison Graham-Bertolini (English), Angela Smith (History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies), and Michael Strand (Visual Arts), the project supports the establishment of an oral history archive, the creation of a community book discussion program, and a series of literary and ceramics workshops. The research group will work with the North Dakota Humanities Council, Prairie Public Radio, and the Gladys Ray Shelter to facilitate the collection of the oral histories and develop the public programming. More information will be coming in the spring semester as planning and events develop.
More information on NEH’s grant recipients can be found at: http://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/2015-12-14