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2020-2021 Emerging Scholars Series

Laura Beltran-Rubio,  (American Studies): “Power Dressing in Colonial Quito”

Laura Beltran-RubioClothing is a powerful marker of identity. This is as true today as it was for people in the past. A set of portraits created by artist Vicente Albán in 1783 provides a unique glimpse into the dress of women from eighteenth-century Quito. In this fascinating talk, Laura Beltran-Rubio, doctoral candidate in American Studies, will discuss Albán’s works, exploring how dress defined and empowered women across social classes.

October 22, 2020, 2 p.m. via Zoom


Taylor Triplett (Anthropology): “Archaeological Collections and Untold Stories of the Native American Middle Atlantic”

Taylor TriplettThe history of Jamestown is familiar to the American public. But who were the people living in the Middle Atlantic for tens of thousands of years before Europeans set foot here? In this talk, Taylor Triplett, doctoral student in Anthropology takes a closer look at ancient Native American history through a re-examination of evidence collected at the Hand site in southeastern Virginia, and sheds light on how archaeologists work to understand the past.

November 5, 2020, 2 p.m. via Zoom

Jennifer Ellis (Anthropology): “The Making of the 21st Century City in Sydney, Australia”

Jennifer EllisThe rich history of Sydney, Australia began tens of thousands of years ago and has continued to flourish into the 21st century. The city is home to millions of diverse peoples and is still being built today. Discover the interesting connections between who develops the city, who has access to the city, and why urban development affects us all in this talk from Anthropology doctoral student, Jennifer Ellis.

February 17, 2021, 2 p.m. via Zoom


Phillip Emanuel (History): “Books, Knowledge, and Empire in the Atlantic World”

Phillip EmanuelIn the seventeenth-century, imperial elites used information pulled from many sources to exert control over the Atlantic world. Phillip Emanuel, doctoral candidate in History, will discuss how manuscripts, letters, and travel writings influenced imperial expansion, while emphasizing the roles of non-elites in the creation of information. See examples of select seventeenth-century sources on display and learn more about how information influences our lives.

March 24, 2021, 2 p.m. via Zoom

Eden Maness (Applied Science): “In Search of Better Treatment of Schizophrenia”

Eden ManessSchizophrenia is a complex and often debilitating condition that, in part, impairs attention, learning, and memory. Modern medicines rarely improve these symptoms. Learn how Eden Maness, doctoral student in Applied Science, is working with other W&M scholars to identify new and more effective medication to improve the attention-related symptoms of schizophrenia using orexin receptor inhibitors.

April 8, 2021, 2 p.m. via Zoom