What an extraordinarily talented and diverse group of students we have! I just heard from Joan Conwell, already a published scholar in the discipline–see, for example “Papa’s Masks: Roles of the Father in Danticat’s The Dew Breaker” in Obsidian III (2005-2006). Joan spent part of her summer in Argentina and Uruguay doing research on indigenous populations in the region. She sends this bone-chilling image from an ethnographic museum: a “race kit” used for identification and eerily reminiscent of those used in Germany.
I was delighted to learn that we have a successful author of children’s books participating in our program. Pansie Hart Flood’s biography from the Scholastic.com website tells us that she “grew up in the heart of the South as the youngest of seven children. Fond memories of summer visits to her grandmother’s gave her the inspiration and vivid setting for her first book, Sylvia & Miz Lula Maye.”