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Sander Thoenes Research Awards for Irissa Baxter 10F and Shea Sweeney 11F

Submitted by on July 4, 2013 – 9:45 amNo Comment

By Michael Samuels 09F

Hampshire College students Irissa Baxter 10F and Shea Sweeney 11F have been awarded Sander Thoenes Research Awards.

Baxter’s Division III is a study of how Holocaust museums and monuments have used “memory work,” an approach to the past that includes an ethical responsibility to revisit distorted histories. She will travel to Prague, Czech Republic, and Krakow, Poland, to study historical preservation in both cities. In Krakow, she will also work at the Galicja Jewish Museum, and interview survivors and academics with the help of the museum director.

Sweeney’s Division II looks at how young people are affected by the legacy of the Cold War. She is spending the summer in Reykjavik, Iceland, where she will divide her time between a journalism internship with The Reykjavik Grapevine and a research project on Iceland’s Russian immigrant population.