Please join me in congratulating my indefatigable co-blogger, colleague, and friend Lisa (Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert) who has been chosen as the 2016-17 Wilbur Marvin Visiting Scholar for the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) at Harvard University. As a visiting scholar in the area of Environmental Humanities, she will be working on her project, The Amazon Parrots of the Caribbean: An Environmental Biography.
As a visiting scholar, Dr. Paravisini-Gebert will present a lecture on a topic related to her research and contribute to Center publications such as ReVista. She will partake in the Visiting Scholars Research in Progress Colloquium and will be available to students, faculty and others at Harvard for informal consultations. For the academic year, she will have access to Harvard’s extensive library system and to all events and facilities open to the Harvard community to continue working on her book.
The Wilbur Marvin Fellowship is made possible by a fund established at the Center in memory of Harvard graduate Wilbur Marvin. It is available to scholars focusing on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Below is a description of the broader DRCLAS Visiting Scholars and Fellows program.
Description: Each year the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) selects 10-12 of distinguished academics (Visiting Scholars) and professionals (Fellows) to spend one or two semesters at Harvard working on their own research and writing projects. The program creates a community of scholars with diverse perspectives on Latin America, and offers a unique environment for the scholars to learn from and interact with each other. Scholars from the region or from other countries whose work focuses on Latin America are eligible.
This year’s competition was among the most competitive ever, with just over 10% of the candidates offered a fellowship. The university-wide, cross-disciplinary mission of DRCLAS is exemplified through the diverse disciplines and projects represented by this year’s cohort, which includes economists, legal scholars, political scientists, historians, biologists and archaeologists.
For more information and a list of other visiting scholars for 2016-2017, see http://drclas.harvard.edu/news/david-rockefeller-center-latin-american-studies-announces-2016-17-visiting-scholars-and
[Photos above: Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert at the New York Botanical Garden, by Ivette Romero; Puerto Rican Amazon (Amazona vittata), from https://www.parrots.org/.]