Studio Art major Harley Bosco ’16 traveled to Seto, Japan to study Raku firings. Harley has studied in Florence and Sardinia, Italy and at the SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology and, this summer, will be in the Kita-gama Kasen pottery studio run by the Kato family, which has been practicing ceramics since 1610. She describes clay as “a special medium…it is responsive to the touch yet forgiving, allowing one to create and destroy simultaneously. It provides a unique connection to creation…and makes the work I produce in it feel a lot more personal.”
Megan Curiel ’17
Junior Geology major Megan Curiel ’17 traveled to Sichuan, China to conduct an analysis of the effectiveness of a community river restoration project. Megan accompanied Oberlin Professor of Geology Amanda Schmidt, who is part of an interdisciplinary research team that was asked in 2004 to investigate solutions to the increasingly variable changes in a small watershed that supports the local community. With her previous experience in geomorphology, Megan’s project is an opportunity for her to apply her skills and generate analyses of use to the local Yangjuan community that is restoring the river. Read more about Megan’s project in China here.
Dai Li ’18
Freshman Dai Li ’18 traveled to Tokyo, Japan as part a research team headed by Professor Kai Chang from Renmin University in China. Dai Li and Professor Chang collaborated with Human Rights Now, an international human rights NGO, on a report of Japanese investment in China. Dai Li will examine labor laws in China and Japan, as the project aims to generate a profile of Japanese investment in China and the effects on workers’ lives. Dai Li has already undertaken her own investigations on workers’ rights in Shenzhen and Hong Kong, conducting interviews with rural migrant workers in Shenzhen factories to explore social engagement and community building.
WINTER TERM 2015
Quinn Donover ’16
Quinn Donover ’16 traveled to Nepal to work with the Deaf Association in Kathmandu over January, 2015. She assisted Professor of Linguistic Anthropology Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway in her research on Nepali Sign Language and the ethnoliguistic politics of Deafness in specific communities. This included conducting interviews, making video recordings and participating in fieldwork alongside Professor Hoffmann-Dilloway. Quinn saw this opportunity as a way to learn about the Deaf community in Nepal, especially since she went on to spend her next semester at Gaulladet University in D.C., the only Deaf liberal arts school in the world. At Oberlin, Quinn majors in Psychology and has declared a minor in Anthropology as a means of building a curriculum that explores Linguistics. She has taught the American Sign Language Exco at Oberlin for two semesters.
Lauren Kelly ’16 and Nandita Krishna ’16
Lauren Kelly ’16 and Nandita Krishna ’16 traveled to India over January of 2015 to study public health initiatives with an Indian NGO in Tamil Nadu. At the Association for Health Welfare in the Nilgiris (ASHWINI), Lauren and Nandita shadowed doctors, observed surgical procedures and attended lectures by medical staff at the Gudalur Adivasi Hospital. They traveled with the hospital’s Mobile Clinic to visit villages across the Nilgiris, observing healthcare in rural areas and assisting with basic but necessary tasks. Lauren (Biology, ’16) and Nandita (Creative Writing and Mathematics, ’16) brought complementary experience in statistical analysis and health outcomes research to the project. Both are on the pre-med track with interests in science education, pediatrics and public health. They believe the opportunity to observe health care beyond a clinical setting in the context of cultural exchange, and to be able to share Indian ideas about healthcare, policies and education with the Oberlin community is important.
Chelsea de Souza ’16
Chelsea de Souza ’16 (Politics and Piano Performance) conducted a recital and masterclass tour in India with her sister Chloe over Winter Term, 2015. The sisters worked with concert and music-education organizations in Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and Chennai. These masterclasses provided local music students with specialized instruction in voice and piano, while the concerts modeled concepts introduced in the lessons and masterclasses. Born and raised in Mumbai, India, the sisters were glad for the opportunity to invest through performance and education in those same communities which fostered their musical growth. Chelsea and Chloe were honored to have been personally invited to perform at theMonte Music Festival in Goa, an annual festival conceived to bring together Western and Indian classical forms of music. In culmination of their tour, they presented Western classical styles of music, along with a traditional folk song in Konkani, which is the heritage language of Goa.