I wrote this for my Anthropology Department’s blog. Also part of the reason I never got an April post up. Some of it’s redundant, but enjoy!


TARA MCGOVERN, a UIUC junior in Sociocultural Anthropology, is studying abroad in Ecuador’s capital city this spring (’12), at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito.
She recently sent us this riveting, breathless account of her cultural immersion in a place that has clearly captivated her, body and soul—a place that has pushed her to think about how to use her anthropological training to make the world a better place.  If you’d like to read more of Tara’s thoughtful and anthropologically informed impressions—of Inca gold, Renaissance paintings, Cortes’ legacy, and more–check out the terrific and aptly-titled blog she’s been keeping, “Claroscuro:
A Gringa’s Perceptions of 21st Century Latin America.”  You can find it at: https://tararaquelclaroscuro.wordpress.com.

El Nuevo Jerusalén, 16 April 2012
    How do I even begin to tell you about this place?  
Every hour of every day is a spectacular montage of light and water and earth…

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~ by Tara on May 7, 2012.

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