30th Anniversary Awardee Portraits

In celebration of the Roth Endowment’s 30th anniversary in 2017, we produced a series of twelve awardee portraits featuring the stories and accomplishments of our incredible awardees. 

 

December Portrait – William Rivera

After his return from a Fulbright to Sweden, Bill graduated from Stanford University Law School and continued his work on child support and social welfare at the US Departments of Justice and of Health and Human Services. Among other volunteer positions, he joined the Board of the Roth Endowment, where he continues to help represent our alums, and served as the President of the Hispanic Bar association of the District of Columbia. Since 2015, Bill has continued his work for social justice as the Senior Vice President for Litigation of the AARP Foundation . . . read more

 

November Portrait – Bonnie Scarth

This eleventh of twelve portraits in 2017, honoring alumni from thirty years of Roth Endowment programs, features New Zealand medical anthropologist Bonnie Scarth, currently wrapping up her dissertation at the University of Otago. In 2015-16, a Robin and April Winks Award from the Roth Endowment helped her cover expenses for a year at Cornell University, where she added a cross-cultural dimension to her research on the personal and policy repercussions for trauma survivors. . . read more

 

October Portrait – Haley Peterson

This tenth of twelve portraits in 2017, honoring alumni from thirty years of Roth Endowment programs, features costume designer Haley Peterson. Check out her designs on her website!

In 2015, support from the Roth Endowment helped her create a costume for her thesis project for a Master’s degree at the Oslo National Academy of Arts. While in Norway, Haley designed costumes for opera and dance performances, attended “Critical Costume” lectures and. . . read more

 

September Portrait – William Lempert

This ninth of twelve portraits in 2017, honoring alumni from thirty years of Roth Endowment programs, features anthropologist William Lempert. Support from the Roth Endowment helped him carry out his work in the Kimberley region of northwestern Australia. William is now wrapping up his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His dissertation is titled Broadcasting Indigenous Futures: The Social Life of Kimberley Aboriginal Media. Take a look at William’s website, featuring his articles, films and podcasts . . . read more

 

August Portrait – Ethelene Whitmire

This eighth of twelve portraits in 2017, honoring alumni from thirty years of Roth Endowment programs, features a recent award winner. Ethelene Whitmire won our support for research she conducted in Denmark in 2015-16. She is a professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison who focuses on American studies and African American women’s history. Here she recounts how she got interested in the project that took her to Denmark for a book on the experience of the important African American expatriate community there. . . read more

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July Portrait – Fae Korsmo

This seventh of twelve portraits in 2017, honoring alumni from thirty years of Roth Endowment programs, features one of our very first award winners. Fae Korsmo won our support for the work she conducted in Sweden in 1989-90. Our Swedish program was the first one we set up—in memory of Lois Roth’s close ties to the country, which included a Fulbright year. At the start, though, these awards were coordinated with the American Scandinavian Foundation, instead of Fulbright Sweden … as Fae explains . . . read more 

 

Elizabeth KostovaJune Portrait – Elizabeth Kostova

This sixth of twelve portraits honoring alumni from thirty years of Roth Endowment programs takes a different approach, as it features the founder of one of our partner organizations, celebrating its tenth anniversary this month. Author Elizabeth Kostova, a champion of Bulgarian literature and international literary exchange, talks about the work of the foundation she started . . . 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 on his website! 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 . . . 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 her website. 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 

This first of twelve portraits in 2017, honoring alumni from thirty years of Roth Endowment programs, features 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 . . . read more