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 2017 fellowships recipients:

Chang-Lan Fellowships

  • Zhi You Koh ’19 will travel to Nanjing, China. Through an investigation of historical topography and local archives, he intends to research the extent and particularities of popular support for the Taiping and 1911 Revolutions.

Class of 1963 Fellowships

  • Lizzy Ehren ’18 will examine statues and busts of David Livingstone across England and Scotland. Through observation, photography, and archival research, she plans to explore his posthumous legacy in each country and the way his memory is tied to the United Kingdom’s colonialist history.
  • Urmila Kutikkad ’18 will explore Siberian political resistance and cultural preservation in Buryatia through poetry. She will work closely with poet Bair Dugarov to translate his poetry into English in a way that retains his voice and cultural identity. Ultimately, she hopes to introduce indigenous voices into traditional Russian discourse.
  • Avery Naughton ’18 will investigate the history of panda conservation programs at the San Diego Zoo and the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Through interviews and archival research, she plans to study the way conservation alliances between the United States and China have developed as their political relationship has changed.

David C. Donelson ’77 Fund Fellowships

  • Sarah Bobbe ’19 and Jennifer Chan ’19 will travel through Ireland, volunteering with the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) program. They hope to learn family recipes, folk tales, and tokens of wisdom from the people they meet along the way, which they will then turn into an illustrated book.
  • Russell Li ’19 will spend a week living a monastic life on Mt. Athos, in northern Greece. By immersing himself completely in the monastery’s traditional lifestyle, he hopes to reflect on materialism and spirituality in a place apart from the modern world.

Four Friends Fellowship

  • Avery Coombe ’19, Kate Hoeting ’19, Geoffrey Mo ’19, and Elyse Wanzenried ’19 will explore the complex relationship between national parks and Native peoples through a road trip across the American West.  They plan to interview park rangers and tribal historians, compare tourism industries at each site, and to ultimately create a documentary of their research.
  • Lynn Barbera ’19, Brynne Diggins ’19, Mabel Frank ’19, and Maya Kassahun ’19 will explore “food, friendship, and feminism” in Minneapolis and Chicago. They plan to visit restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops owned by women, who they will interview about the food business and the relationship between gender and food. Along the way, they will create a documentary—a response to male-dominated food shows.

Professor Roy Grow Fellowships

  • Mina Lor ’18 will document and explore the relationship between traditional Hmong medicine and Thailand’s public health care system with Sandy Lor and Jepheny Thao. She will investigate the impact of local and national public health care programs on Hmong communities through interviews and photography.
  • Walter Pugil ’18 will intern with Human rights Osaka. He will collect data on inequality and discrimination against minorities in Japanese neighborhoods, which he will then use to spread awareness of Japanese cultural diversity and to take action against inequalities.
  • Margot Radding ’18 will research women’s economic empowerment and the exchange of health knowledge in a unique, woman-only space: Mother’s Market, in northeast India. In particular, she will study the way information and misconceptions about HIV and sexual health are spread through the market.
  • Jepheny Thao ’18 will document and explore the relationship between traditional Hmong medicine and Thailand’s public health care system with Mina Lor and Sandy Lor. She will study the way massage therapies are used as a healing method in Hmong villages by shadowing and interviewing a well-known Hmong elder.
  • Issa Wilson ’18 will immerse himself in Japanese language and culture through workaway programs in Tokyo. He will create comics which will be stylistically inspired by Japanese manga, and based on themes from the history of Japan and the South Pacific.

Dale and Elizabeth Hanson Fellowship in Ethics

  • Jialin Liang ’18 will research Alexis de Tocqueville’s complex views on the relation between democracy and human nature through an interpretive inquiry into two of his major works,”Democracy in America” and “The Old Regime and the Revolution”.

Independent Research Fellowships

  • Moliang Jiang ’18 will explore the construction of collective memory in Holocaust memorials and museums in France, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, China, and the United States. She hopes to investigate the way these different countries have memorialized representations of Jewish and national identities. (Moliang’s blog)
  • Fiona Fraser ’18 will immerse herself in the works of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch by studying his original woodblocks and lesser-known prints in Oslo and Hamburg. She plans to create a collection of hand-printed fabric quilts inspired by Munch’s homeland, artistic process, and woodcut prints.
  • Anton Sack ’18 will study the compositional context of a violin sonata composed by Sergei Prokofiev, and consider the extent to which an artist’s work can be separated from its sociopolitical environment. Under the guidance of a Russian violinist in Moscow, he will also compare Western and Russian pedagogical approaches to musical teaching.
  • Alex Wachino ’18 will investigate extreme socioeconomic protest in Early Modern Europe through archival research on the 1647-1652 food riots in Andalusia. By witnessing original surviving documents, he hopes to gain direct insight into the intent of officials and protestors during these riots, as well as the policies that mediated them.

Kelley International Fellowship

  • Sandy Lor ’18 will document and explore the relationship between traditional Hmong medicine and Thailand’s public health care system with Jepheny Thao and Mina Lor. She will study the background and efficacy of herbal medicine and home treatment methods by travelling with an expert in this field and conducting interviews.

Larson International Fellowships

  • Cory Renay Friendshuh ’19 will visit alternative communities in Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia, immersing herself in each place and recording her experiences through visual art and journalistic writing. She plans to explore links between the psychology of alternative living and artistic expression, and to write a book about it. (Renay’s article was published in the Fall 2018, #edition of “Communities, Life in Cooperative Culture” magazine, Issue #180.  Or review a copy in the Office of Student Fellowships.)
  • Benjamin Greene ’19 will investigate the intersection of cultures in Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. He plans to create a combined written journal and photo essay through street photography and daily records of conversations, interactions, and personal reflections.
  • Emma Wallace ’18 will consider the way food constructs cultural identity and the memory of place. She will travel to Peru and Chile, collect empanada recipes, conduct and illustrate interviews, and will ultimately develop these into a book.
  • Jake Woodward ’18 will explore the inheritance of memory in Panama, Peru, and Chile through personal interviews and visual art. He will gather his family’s oral histories and create an art installation based on his experiences, as well as collaborate with Emma Wallace on a book of recipes and memories.