2016 Shansi Prize Winners: Emma Leiken and Richard Tran

The 2016 winners of the Shansi Prize are Emma Leiken for her captivating and thoroughly researched Religion Capstone, “The New Epoch-Builder: Buddhist Identities and the Reclamation of Personhood in the Ambedkar Conversion Movement,” and Richard Tran for his multi-dimensional and remarkable Honors Studio Thesis Exhibition, “I Will Not Be Buried.” Emma Leiken’s Capstone nominated by Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Laurie McMillin eloquently captures the dynamic social transformation of a social group from “Untouchable” to “Buddhist.” Emma’s inspiration and motivation to study the intersection between caste and Buddhism began in Professor Paula Richman’s class on Modern India. During her

Meet the Summer 2016 In-Asia Grant Recipients!

What are your plans for the summer? For four outstanding Obies and recipients of the In-Asia Grants, Danyang (Dennis) Dong ‘18, Jacob (Kirk) Pearson ‘17, Jun Takaki ‘17, and Linh (Clover) Tran ’18, this summer will be jam-packed with ambitious and thrilling plans ranging from an internship with an environmental advocacy nonprofit in China to a photojournalistic exploration of Vietnamese graduates of foreign institutions. Dennis Dong ‘18: As a second-year double majoring in Environmental Studies and Biology, Dennis will spend two months interning at the world’s leading conservation organization, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Shenzhen, China. Dennis explains his motivation for his internship: “

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