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Mohit Dubey '18

Mohit Dubey ’18 is a double degree student majoring in Classical Guitar and Physics. He will spend his Winter Term tracing his Indian roots as well as performing music for different communities within India. For the first half of his project, he will perform classical guitar at multiple concerts organized by the US Embassy American Center, a local music supporter and philanthropist and a women’s empowerment group in New Delhi and Lucknow. Dubey will spend the latter half of his trip giving master classes at local schools in Hyderabad and studying Carnatic music, which is associated with Southern India, with Dr. Karaikudi Subramanian at the Brhaddhvani School in Chennai.  When he returns to Oberlin, he will share his experience with a concert that features both Western classical and Carnatic music.

Gloria Lewis '18

Gloria Lewis ’18 will travel to Madurai, India with Dance Diaspora, Oberlin’s West African dance ensemble. In Madurai, Lewis and the other group members will be connected with Lady Doak College and assisted byVanessa Champagne, Shansi’s current Fellow. Lewis will engage in a cultural exchange of folk dances from West Africa and southern India.  Afterwards, Dance Diaspora will travel to Bajul, Gambia where Lewis will learn Mandinka dance and drumming, and study about the transatlantic slave trade. Lewis hopes to deepen her understanding of the Africana diaspora through art and dance, which she will incorporate in her capstone project.

Thu Le '19

Thu Le ’19 will return to Vietnam to expand the Human Library to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The Human Library is a project that originated in Copenhagen, where volunteers from marginalized groups act as human books and engage in one-on-one conversations with participants interested in hearing more about their lives. Le has already organized the very first Human Library in Hanoi last year, and now wants to bring the project to Ho Chi Minh City to further challenge deep-rooted discrimination against underprivileged groups.

Laura Li '18 and Yan Yu '18

Laura Li ’18 and Yan Yu ’18 will spend January filming a documentary on the contemporary youth scene that focuses on the emergence of independent music and films in Beijing, China. They will interview local Beijing musicians and filmmakers, and document the artists’ lives, including challenges and accomplishments.  Both Li and Yu hope this documentary will help shed light on youth culture and current art trends in Beijing.

Yasmine Ramachandra ’19 and Kirsten Mojziszek ’19

Yasmine Ramachandra ’19 and Kirsten Mojziszek ’19 will spend their Winter Terms volunteering at the Shiv Ganga Animal Helpline in rural Mehsana, India. As students on the pre-health track, both Yasmine and Kirsten hope to gain hands-on medical experience in a larger cultural context. They will spend the majority of their time caring for stray and injured animals, and helping with vaccinations and other basic tasks. When Ramachandra and Mojziszek return to Oberlin, they hope to start a discussion on campus about the varying levels of medical care for animals in foreign countries.

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Yael Reichler ’19 and Naomi Fireman ’19

Yael Reichler ’19 and Naomi Fireman ’19 will be in Japan from June to July studying the local food system by focusing on rice farming and its deep significance in Japanese cuisine and culture. They will stay on a rice farm and closely observe the physical labor involved, the process of the local food system, and the role that the local food system plays in Japanese culture. Reichler and Fireman hope the Oberlin community can further learn from Japan’s local food system. This is a timely opportunity for Reichler and Fireman to explore environmental work in an international setting.

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