Each year Carleton’s fellowships make it possible for a number of students to engage in independent research, explore their passions, or embark on an adventure. All of these opportunities are made possible by the generosity of Carleton alumni, parents and friends of the college; they are completed over a summer or during Carleton’s winter break. The following is a summary of Carleton’s 2016 fellowships recipients.

Chang-Lan Fellowships

  • Paulina Hoong ’18 will explore her Cantonese heritage in Enping, through cuisine. She will visit local markets and work with local chefs to learn what is distinctive about Cantonese cooking, and will share her new skills with the Carleton community when she returns for Fall Term.
  • Gus Leinbach ’17 will trace “Chinese Islamic Cuisine,” or huizu cai, through a number of cities along China’s Eastern coast and in its far Western regions. While studying a little-known style of Chinese cooking, he also hopes to learn more about religious and ethnic pluralism in modern China.
  • Adam Rutkowski ’17 and Kyle Schiller ’17 will travel across China visiting temples from various sects to explore the diversity within Buddhist thought and its physical manifestations. Their photography and ‘visual ethnography’ will supplement readings in the history and development of Buddhism in China.

Class of 1963 Fellowships

  • Shayna Gleason ’17 will evaluate three different ‘Creative Aging’ programs in U.S. cities to assess their methods and effectiveness in reinterpreting and reframing the aging process for participants. She hopes to investigate how arts practice can serve as a means of restoring older adults’ sense of inherent self-worth.
  • Trish Hare ’17 will transform a cow carcass from flesh and bones to fully mounted skeleton. This project unites Trish’s passions for science, art, and community in an interdisciplinary process. Drawing from local resources, she hopes to connect with the Carleton community as directly as possible and share the process with others.
  • Laura Levitt ’17 will study how Centro Autónomo, a self-proclaimed anti-capitalist community center in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago, creates urban communally managed spaces as part of an effort to put anti-capitalist ideology rooted in a tradition of Mexican radicalism into action in the United States.
  • Joe Lowry ’17 will travel through Sicily and Southern Italy to examine a variety of ecclesiastical buildings constructed by the Normans, examining architecture, iconography, and placement within the built environment to understand the sights and experiences of late eleventh and twelfth century Italian Christianity.  (Click to view Joe’s blog.)
  • Josie Naron ’18 will explore the particularities of the relationship between Lubavitch Orthodox Jews in New York City, the secular welfare system, and community identity formation. Her project explores notions of racialized welfare and its effect on community identity formation in the context of welfare dependency and “willful impoverishment” among Orthodox Jews.

David C. Donelson ’77 Fund Fellowships

  • Trent Elmore ‘17 and Ben Pletta ‘16 will investigate the Constitution of the Republic of Užupis (an autonomous community of artists in Vilnius, Lithuania) as it connects to the nature of human experience, through photographic documentation of the mundane, the existential, the subjective, and the universal. They plan to both observe and connect deeply with the space and people.
  • Julia Kroll ’16, inspired by a Canadian pop song and a Canadian pianist’s contrapuntal radio documentary, will complete a 36-hour train ride traversing the longitude of Manitoba, Canada and terminating in Churchill, a subarctic town unreachable by car. She will create her own impressionistic documentary, combining interviews, images, recordings, and music to encapsulate the Canadian North’s spirit.

Four Friends Fellowship

  • Will Hardt ’18, Bonnie Lindgren ’18, Soren Schlassa ’18, and Tina Sieben ’18 will use the Four Friends Fellowship to memorialize their missing ‘Fifth Friend,’ Zach Brokaw, who passed away in 2015. On the anniversary of Zach’s death, these four friends will begin a month-long backpacking trip along the 860-kilometer Scottish National Trail and honor Zach’s original proposal that the entire group meet for an intensive hiking trip between their various OCS terms abroad.

Professor Roy Grow Fellowships

  • Alex Bice ’18, Sarah Ohashi ’18, and Lucy Stevens ’18 will spend a month as WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) volunteers experiencing Japanese language, culture, and organic farming through work with host families on organic farms in Japan, including on the northern island of Hokkaido.
  • Lydia Ding ’17 will build upon a previous project to document the grammar, lexicon, and stories of the Nukuoro language, which has approximately 1,000 speakers concentrated primarily in Micronesia. Her research there will give the Nukuoro community resources to revitalize their language and will inform her comps project in Linguistics.
  • Jeanne Moua ’17 will study the usage and role of medicinal plants in the hill tribes of Thailand, primarily in the villages of Cheng Meng (Hmong White) and Li Pha (Akha). She will compile a record of the practices of folk healing and plant usage for further studies and presentation.
  • Jenny Nguyen ’17 will study Vietnamese art history, focusing primarily on Champa architecture built before the 18th century in the central region of Vietnam near Da Nang. In addition to site visits in Vietnam, she will interview scholars there to supplement her review of French colonial and post-colonial art-historical literature on the topic.
  • Eric Tallman ’17 plans to examine the effects of single-use zoning in Chandigarh, India, on private-vehicle ownership among shop owners.  Using the data collected, he hopes to explore whether the central planning of Chandigarh has an effect on air pollution levels in the city.

Dale and Elizabeth Hanson Fellowship in Ethics

  • David Soper ’17 will explore how the contemporary dialogue around the refugee crisis is informed by a variety of political philosophic traditions, as well the ethical implications of how each of those traditions involves different understandings of state obligations to refugees.

Independent Research Fellowships

  • Alex Claman ’17 will travel to Greece to participate in the Mazi Archaeological Project, a regional surface survey focused on understanding the long-term human and environmental history of the Mazi Plain that aims to document all periods of the past to examine development of settlement patterns, human-environmental interaction, land use, territoriality, and connectivity to surrounding areas.
  • Ellie Durling ’17 will continue her research in Berlin on the Weimar gay rights movement and its attitudes towards male prostitutes, with the hope of expanding the scope of her inquiry so that it may form the basis of her senior history comprehensive project.
  • Nick Lorenz ’17 will analyze the changing significance of Ibn Arabi’s theology to the Naqshbandi, a spiritual order of Sufi Muslims. He will perform close analysis of classic texts from both Arabi and the Naqshbandis, and make a personal visit to the head of the order and his followers in Michigan.
  • Susie Perez ’17 will interview members of a Salvadorian community in Italy to better understand how their unique experiences have resulted in the formation of communities there. Her qualitative ethnographic research will examine how Salvadorian immigration is articulated in Milan and the implications for the identities of those who have migrated there.
  • Melanie Xu ’17 will perform research in Shanghai and Shenzhen to collect narratives from lesbian women, lala in Chinese, in two activism-based organizations in urban China. Contrasting lala voices from middle class urban life with those from migrant female workers, Xu intends to examine and interrogate the progress towards a ‘gay modernity’ that is desired by many Chinese queer activists.

Kelley International Fellowship

  • Shaun Spinney ’17 will study the potential effects of the modernist central urban planning of Chandigarh, India (and by implication the urban design style of Le Corbusier), on the informal economy of the city using the case study of street vendors. Spinney hopes to understand how the national discourse about street vendors is inflected within the particular setting of this planned city.

Larson International Fellowships

  • Joshu Creel ’17 will use the Larson Fellowship to “dive headfirst” into South Korea through exploring how something he loves, West Coast Swing, has taken on a distinct character there. By engaging with the social dance community, he hopes he can better experience both how an American dance has traveled, and engage people who will introduce him to South Korean culture.
  • Annie Foxen ’17 will examine the relationship between Costa Ricans and the ocean, especially within the context of increasing development and globalization, through a series of oil paintings informed by interviews with local people at various locations throughout the country.
  • Rachel Gallagher ’18 hopes to improve her Japanese language skills while exploring the cultural relationship between agriculture, nutrition, and healthcare in Japan. She will volunteer at two organic farms in rural Japan, in addition to interviewing and shadowing physicians in both urban and rural Japan.
  • Ankita Verma ’17 will volunteer at Grassy Park Community Health Clinic in Cape Town, South Africa. Grassy Park is staffed by a single nurse, which means long waiting times for patients in an area of high need. Verma hopes to both assist with basic clinic tasks and build the wait times into an opportunity to provide relevant health information.

Allen and Irene Salisbury Fellowship

  • Connor Rechtzigel ’17 will explore the ways in which the development of Indonesia’s halal tourism industry, “a type of tourism aimed at practicing, leisure-seeking Muslim travelers” gives individuals the opportunity to create new, modern Islamic identities on the island of Lombok, Indonesia.

Richard Salisbury Fellowship

  • Jesse Rothbard ’17 will explore how the political turmoil of Buenos Aires during the 1970s shaped Ricardo Piglia as a crime author and influenced his decision to create an entirely new understanding of the writer’s role in society: that of a detective committed to uncovering the conspiracies of the government and revealing the truth.