College Letter 10/2016
With international research funding, an undergraduate explores water management in Cuba.
“Water is the most important issue that our world faces,” says Jacqueline Gilbert, a senior anthropology and international affairs major. “It causes violent political uprisings around the world. It makes conflicts that already exist much worse, like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It's going to be one of the biggest problems we face in the world. If we don't have water, we don't have life.”
A diverse group of scholars and teachers joins the College of Liberal Arts.
One wrote a book about the funerals of AIDS victims in Swaziland. Another is researching an eighteenth-century French artist and his aesthetic relationship to Madame de Pompadour. A third is examining the impact of ethnic and religious identity on political elections in India. They are all part of the group of 24 impressive faculty members appointed in the College of Liberal Arts this year.
In a new art exhibit, a student’s life-sized whale sculpture highlights human environmental impact.
The Inuit of Greenland have the most toxic bodies on the planet. A traditional people living in a pristine artic wonderland would seem the least likely to suffer from the hazards of the industrialized world. But pollutants travel north, concentrating as they move up the food chain, and the Inuit are at the top of that chain. The problem was on Lindsay Anibal’s mind last spring when the student hatched an idea for a sculpture.