Guest contributor and SAR board member Diane Stanley Vennema shares her reflections on a recent SAR international field trip to Brazil led by archaeologist Anna Roosevelt and SAR president Michael F. Brown. As Brown notes, “When SAR organizes field trips, we recruit experts who can lead our members beneath the surface and deep into the places we visit to reach a more profound understanding of local history and culture. Many of these experts are SAR alumni, former scholars whose work has benefited from their time on our campus. Anna Curtenius Roosevelt is one such scholar.”
Katrin Lamon Fellow Thomas Michael Swensen explains his book writing project, The Great Land, which he is completing during his 2017-2018 residency at SAR.
Sociologist Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo summarizes the research underlying the book she is writing at SAR, examining the transformation and persistence of communities in South L.A., which has seen a tremendous influx of Latino/a immigration and is no longer predominantly African-American. She focuses on three neighborhoods, on generational differences, and particularly on changing uses of public spaces such as parks.