30th Anniversary Awardee Portraits

In celebration of the Roth Endowment’s 30th anniversary in 2017, we are producing a series of twelve awardee portraits featuring the stories and accomplishments of our incredible awardees. We encourage you to visit this page monthly to view our latest portrait.

 

October Portrait – Haley Peterson

Norway also reinforced my aversion to borders between disciplines. An exhibition is simply a mostly-still performance; a performance is a live exhibition. For my thesis, I decided to create a highly personalized, appropriated Norwegian costume integrating my own multinational identity (Turkish-American-Norwegian), and then wear it to participate in the Norwegian Independence Day parade. I was the craftsperson, performance artist, filmmaker, and exhibition designer in a staged foray, as an outsider, into Norwegian nationalism. . . read more

 

September Portrait – William Lempert

My desire to become an anthropologist had many roots. The importance of understanding how historical legacies impact the present was instilled into me at a young age. Undertaking a series of interviews with my 92-year-old grandmother, I learned more about the personal history of her life and our family; although she lost most of her extended family in Nazi Germany, as a teenager she was able to save her parents from certain death at the Dachau concentration camp. My perspective expanded further when I undertook volunteer work in the aftermath of . . . read more

 

August Portrait – Ethelene Whitmire

I became interested in my new book project, Searching for Utopia: African Americans in 20th Century Denmark, in a very unusual way. I first went to Denmark on a whim in May and June 2010. I was on the first sabbatical leave from my job as a university professor and was finishing my first book, Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance Librarian (2014). I wanted to go on a writing retreat in another country—and selected Denmark because I was watching a lot of Danish films at the time. . . read more

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July Portrait – Fae Korsmo

“When I applied for a dissertation fellowship from the American Scandinavian Foundation in 1989, I didn’t know that the Lois Roth Endowment existed. When I received a positive response from the ASF, however, I also received a letter—a very encouraging and substantive letter from Richard (Dick) T. Arndt, the Endowment’s founder, offering me additional funds for my dissertation research. With funds in hand, I set off for Sweden for the first stage of a comparative politics research project  . . . read more 

 

Elizabeth KostovaJune Portrait – Elizabeth Kostova

I was first drawn to Bulgaria because I’d heard and sung some of its famous folk music and wanted to see where it came from. I arrived with a couple of college friends in November 1989, a week after the Berlin Wall fell, to do fieldwork on village singing. We took the overnight train from Belgrade to Sofia. As I woke early that morning to see the first mountains of western Bulgaria coming into view, I remember having the strange feeling that I was coming home to something. Over six months, I visited towns, villages, and city choirs, while the monolith of communism came down . . . read more

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May Portrait – Ani Kainamu Murchie

This fifth of twelve portraits in 2017, honoring alumni from thirty years of Roth Endowment programs, features Ani Kainamu Murchie. Ani received the Robin and Avril Winks Award in 2013; unlike our other Project Support awards, which go to Americans going overseas, this one goes to a New Zealand Fulbrighter coming to study and/or do research in the United States. In her portrait, Ani explains the cultural roots of her ecological work . . . read more

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Monica and her immediate family April Portrait – Monica Alcalde

Our April Portrait features Monica Alcalde, who won our Gill Jacot‐Guillarmod Award for Locally Engaged Staff in 2015. Monica, who has recently retired after forty years of service, writes: “My new life in the south of Chile is to work with my husband in an ecological adventure. We now live next to the Alerce Andino National Park in the Lake Region. I have changed my nice office clothing for jeans, boots and a warm jacket and look forward to new challenges and serving the community in this beautiful area of my country . . . read more

 

Photo: Patrick Phillips

March Portrait  – Patrick Phillips

This third of twelve portraits in 2017, honoring alumni from thirty years of Roth Endowment programs, features noted author Patrick Phillips. Read about his publications to date at www.patrickthemighty.com! Patrick won a Project Support Award to Denmark in 2014 to help him undertake research for his next book project. He teaches creative writing, literature and literary translation at Drew University, where he also directs the Creative Writing Program.The winner of many fellowships and honors, he has published three volumes of his own poetry . . . read more

 

Erika Larsen

February Portrait – Erkia Larsen

This second of twelve portraits in 2017, honoring alumni from thirty years of Roth Endowment programs, features photographer Erika Larsen. You can see Erika’s amazing work at www.erikalarsenphoto.com. Erika won a Project Support Award while she was a Fulbrighter in Sweden in 2010, working on a photography project on the social world of reindeer herding among the Sámi people of northern Scandinavia. Her Roth Endowment award helped her take advantage of a series of opportunities to share her work . . . read more

 

Mary YatesJanuary Portrait – The Honorable Mary Carlin Yates 

Mary won the Lois Roth Award in 1997 for her performance as a Cultural Affairs Officer in Kinshasa from 1993 to 1995. During her years in Zaire, Mary established relationships with new political groups and the Zairian intellectual community with creativity and ingenuity. Her work not only assisted the US in regaining its former status as a force for justice and the promotion of democracy in the region, but also made a lasting impact on the nature of American-Congolese relations . . . read more