Podcast: Senior Fellow Studies Segregation and Black Identity in Hartford, Conn.

Listen to the podcast with Anise Vance ’11

Anise Vance (photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

Anise Vance ’11 has lived and traveled all over the world as the son of an Iranian mother and a black American father. He was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and grew up in Botswana, Kenya, and Egypt. He spent much of this past year, however, traveling back and forth to Hartford, Conn., his father’s hometown, conducting interviews and researching his Senior Fellowship project, “Tracing Traumatic Histories: Segregation, Post-Memory, and the Creation of Black Identities.” Listen to this podcast to learn more about his project and how he will expand on his research as a Beinecke Scholar and a George J. Mitchell Scholar at Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland, during the 2011-12 academic year.

Senior Fellowships were established in 1929 by President Ernest Martin Hopkins as a program for seniors to work independently on a project of their own design. Fellows are not required to enroll in courses during their senior year and are not required to complete a major. The Paul Room in Baker Library is reserved for the use of Senior Fellows, as it has been since 1939. The program is funded by a generous endowment from the Kaminsky Family Fund (Gerald Kaminsky ’61 was a Senior Fellow). Past Senior Fellows also include Nelson Rockefeller ’30, the 41st U.S. vice president and former governor of New York, and Peter Tse ’84, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences.

The 2010-11 Senior Fellows are:

  • Jamie Berk

    Advisor: Aden Evens, English

    Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.

  • Adeline Gorlin

    Advisor: Vera Palmer, Native American Studies

    Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.

  • Anise Vance

    Advisor: Richard Wright, Geography

    Hometown: Falls Church, Va.

Dartmouth Now will be featuring a podcast interview with one Senior Fellow a week leading up to Commencement on June 12, 2011.