Senior Spotlight: Savannah Melvin

International experiences are driving this anthropology grad to right injustices around the world Savannah Melvin was raised in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Zimbabwe. Having experienced different cultures and seeing lots of injustice, she feels it’s her moral responsibility to do something that will contribute back and make a difference for people. For her senior thesis … Continue reading Senior Spotlight: Savannah Melvin

Senior Spotlight: Breeze Parker

Studying Tongan culture helps anthropology grad identify family glue As part of her senior thesis project, Breeze studied three huge kinship groups totaling 100 individuals (some online and some in-person) last summer. All of the families practiced honoring the fahu, which in Tongan culture is your father’s oldest sister. The fahu is an important kinship role and considered the … Continue reading Senior Spotlight: Breeze Parker

Senior Spotlight: Brayton Bate

Anthropology grad uncovers moral divide Arab-Americans see between themselves and other Americans  Graduating senior Brayton Bate sat in the living rooms of many Arab-American families in Utah, studying how they viewed Americans and American culture. In dinner conversations he learned that the way Arabs distinguish between themselves and Americans is moral in nature. He reports, … Continue reading Senior Spotlight: Brayton Bate

Senior Spotlight: Samantha Snow

Anthropology grad studies impact of Zoom turning Provo apartments into college classrooms While Zoom has worked well in lessening the spread of COVID-19 on college campuses, it has had detrimental effects on students’ ability to engage with their classes and connect with classmates and professors.   For Samantha’s senior thesis project in the anthropology program, she … Continue reading Senior Spotlight: Samantha Snow