CHID Community News and Achievements - Autumn 2018

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To celebrate the many accomplishments of Chiddies of all types—students, faculty, alumni—we have compiled below a sampling of recent honors and news items - and there is a lot to celebrate!!

Do you have news that you want to share with your CHID community? An award or recognition? A great gig? Going to grad school? Life event to share? Let us know – send a short description and any web links to CHID Outreach Coordinator Nat Mengist, We want to hear from you!


Current Students

Recently declared CHID major Natasha Rashid Le Bars has a piece of her art hanging in the Astronomy building! After creating a painting of our solar system for a final project, her professor asked to bring it in for display and even offered to put a price and name tag on it. Although Natasha was accepted into the Psychology major, she felt that her “heart and interest lay with CHID more than the field of psychology.” Congratulations, Natasha!

Double majoring in CHID and Germanics, Isaiah Back-Gaal is a Chester William Fritz Scholarship awardee for the 2018-2019 school year! Fritz scholarships provide financial assistance to highly deserving students in the Humanities. Isaiah studied abroad in Vienna with Germanics this Spring, and has received a Mary Gates Research Scholarship. He is now pursuing a senior thesis that explores “crises of gender and power in Vienna 1900 and the United States of today.”

Alumni & Former Colleagues

CHID minor Mayowa Aina (’17) has been selected as one of three 2018 NPR Kroc Fellows! The website says, “three fellows are selected each year and receive hands-on training in audio and digital journalism, including writing, reporting, producing and editing”. Mayowa graduated from with a double degree in International Studies and Informatics, along with minors in Music and CHID. Congratulations Mayowa!

Former lecturer Katie Gillespie is hosting a reading for the launch of her new book, The Cow with Ear Tag #1389, published through University of Chicago Press. Katie “explores how the seemingly benign practice of raising animals for milk is just one link in a chain that affects livestock across the agricultural spectrum.” Come to her launch and reading at Third Place Books in Ravenna on November 19 at 7:00 pm.

This Spring, recent graduate Alyssa Taylor (‘18) was featured as one of four College of Arts and Sciences graduates in order to "demonstrate the breadth and depth of the College while highlighting outstanding students." She majored with a B.A. in CHID and a minor in Diversity, and her senior thesis project is titled “Decolonizing Healthcare: Colonial Legacies and the Health of Filipino Americans.” She is now taking steps toward her dream of a doctoral program in nursing. Check out Alyssa's interview.

Faculty & Staff

Associate professor and former director María Elena García has received the 2018-2020 Hanauer Honors Professorship! María Elena is based in CHID and Latin American & Caribbean Studies in JSIS, and is working on her second book titled Culinary Spectacles: Gastro-Politics, and Other Tales of Race and Species in Peru with the University of California Press, which “examines the intersections of race, species, and capital in contemporary Peru.” Congratulations, María Elena!

Biology in the Grid: Graphic Design and the Envisioning of Life has hit the shelves! Professor and CHID Director Phillip Thurtle has published his second book through the University of Minnesota Press Posthumanities series. Congratulations, Phillip!