Bard College Senior Annie Trowbridge Wins Prestigious Watson Travel Fellowship
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Bard College senior Annie Trowbridge, from Peterborough, New Hampshire, has been awarded the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Foundation 2015–16 Fellowship, which provides for a year of travel and exploration outside the United States. The fellowship offers college graduates of unusual promise a year of independent, purposeful exploration and travel—in international settings new to them—to enhance their capacity for resourcefulness, imagination, openness, and leadership and to foster their humane and effective participation in the world community. Each Watson Fellow receives a grant of $30,000 for 12 months of travel and independent study.
Annie Trowbridge has won a Watson Fellowship for her proposal “Wool: A Tactile Tradition of Meaning and Ritual.” She will spend the 2015–16 academic year traveling through Iceland, Scotland, Peru, Chile, Nepal, and Laos studying wool working. “I will experience a varied landscape of communities that perform the stages of the wool process from its conception in shearing and carding to its elaborately woven designs,” says Trowbridge. “From islands populated almost solely by sheep and their farmers to Buddhist communities of dyers and weavers who come together for social change, I will experience firsthand the intimacy of working with my hands alongside others who value the ancient, healing, and transformative practice of wool.”
Bard senior Leya Kayas has been named an alternate Watson fellow for her proposal, “Aural Journeying: Radio as Cultural Production and Distribution,” to spend the 2015–16 academic year in the Middle East and Northern Europe exploring the ways music and other arts and culture intersect through radio.
Over the past several years, 15 Bard seniors have received Watson fellowships: Jose Agustin Sanchez (2013–14); Daniela Anderson (2012–13); Jeremy Carter-Gordon (2011–12); Tallesin Gilkes-Bower (2010–11); Christopher Herring and David Martin (2008–09); Gabriel Harrell and Kathryn Newman (2007–08); Christophe Chung and Jonathan Helfgott (2006–07); Yishay Garbasz and Nguyen Nguyen (2004–05); Emily McNair and Vincent Valdmanis (2003–04); and Miya Buxton (2002–03). A Watson year provides fellows with an opportunity to test their aspirations, abilities, and perseverance through a personal project that is cultivated on an international scale. Watson Fellows have gone on to become international leaders in their fields, including CEOs of major corporations, college presidents, MacArthur “genius” grant recipients, diplomats, artists, lawyers, doctors, faculty, journalists, and many renowned researchers and innovators.
For further information about the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Program, visit http://watson.foundation/ or contact the foundation at 212-245-8859.
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