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Dr. Seven mattes will receive the department's 2019 Alumni Achievement Award. Seven Mattes received her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Michigan State University, with specializations in Animal Studies, Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC), and Community Engagement. Seven’s work uses multispecies ethnographic methods to better understand how we can build resiliency for animals in disaster contexts. Her most recent project centered on the animals rescued from the Fukushima evacuation zone following the Tōhoku Disaster of 2011. Locally, she engages in numerous academic and advocacy projects exploring and aiding the multifaceted relationships people have with the animals in their lives, from the pigs they eat to the cats they love.
alumni ACHIEVEMENT AWARDEES
Each year the Department of World Languages and Literatures recognizes an alumnus or alumna with the Alumni Achievement Award.
2019: Seven Mattes
2018: Sarah Murray
2017: Jason Albaugh
2016: Rebekkah Zanotti
2015: Ellen Knuth
2014: Jessica Sturm
2013: Monique Coyne
2012: Jeanne Friedman
2011: Dr. Cynthia Ruoff
2010: Dr. Aaron Boesenecker
2009: Roberto Zuniga
2008: Dr. John Van Gessel
2007: Dr. Lawrence Kuiper
2005: Thomas Petzold
2004: John Beaudoin
2003: Dr. Mary-Kathleen (Gernant) Blanchard
2002: Dr. Steven F. Kokmeyer
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