James Gibbs, who received his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Harvard in the 1950's, and his wife, Jewelle Gibbs, are featured in the New York Timesas one of the very first African American couples to have their wedding announced in the paper (in 1956). While pursuing his degree at Harvard, Gibbs served as resident tutor, the first African American resident tutor in the history of Harvard University.
Kathy Tran '16 has won the Noma-Reischauer Prize for her paper, “Rising to One’s Potential: Joshi Ryoku and the Power of Femininity in Japan.” The paper was submitted for her senior thesis for her A.B. degree in Anthropology and Linguistics, written under the direction of Nicholas Harkness. She also received the Evon Z. Vogt Prize from the Anthropology Department in May 2016.
I grew up in the Sonoran Desert where my Dutch upbringing and Arizona’s multicultural legacies inspired my own interests in language, culture, migration, and human rights. Every summer my family would visit relatives in the Netherlands, and in high school I began traveling independently to study language in Germany and Costa Rica and to learn about organic farming in Scotland. Throughout my travels, I felt attuned to learning from a “local” perspective by living with host families and taking classes in city centers. Only at Harvard did my interests fuse together in… Read more about Alumni Voices: Dilia Zwart '15