As an undergraduate in the Bard College, I worked on two projects in the Anthropology Department. The first was an independent study under the direction of Christopher Lindner, aimed at gathering preliminary data on the paleoethnobotanical remains of the Grouse Bluff archeological site. I was the first person to engage in this work and the foundations of my exploration contributed to a larger study that was ultimately published by Dr. Lindner.
The second encompassed my interest in the roots of scientific racism. Under the mentorship of Dr. Mario Bick, I investigated a German ethnologist against the backdrop of National Socialism, in work that ultimately formed the basis of my senior thesis in the Bard Department of Anthropology, that I presented at the 31st Annual Conference of the Northeastern Anthropological Association in Waterloo Ontario.
The Bard motto is "a place to think." My undergraduate years at Bard shaped my expectation of what education should look like. Faculty brought their expertise to my learning experiences which were largely individual and driven by personal curiosity. I am grateful for the opportunity to experience the support and opportunity to engage in true open-ended inquiry. These roots shaped me as a life-long learner and set a high bar for my own role as an educator.