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Kymberly K. Levine '03 Wins Caribbean Studies Fellowship, Now Studying in Trinidad

Story posted May 30, 2003

Kymberly K. Levine '03 was the recipient of the "Emerging Voices, New Directions" Summer Research Fellowship this spring. The $2,500 fellowship is part of the Ford Foundation initiative to support Caribbean Studies at the College, and was presented by the Bowdoin Department of English.

Levine, who graduated from Bowdoin last Saturday, is now studying at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad, and has just completed her first week of classes. She is thrilled to now find herself studying in the West Indies.

"I am very excited that this award will allow me the opportunity to further study an area that is highly interesting to me, especially since I've just graduated," she said. "I don't think many people get this chance and I am very grateful, and I plan to make the most of my time in Trinidad!"

Levine's current course work includes the history of the West Indies since the 1830s, literature of Indian Diaspora, and linguistics and gender. She is considering an economics independent study on the IMF and their influence in Trinidad, and the impacts of the economy in Trinidad on violence, popular culture, and tourism.

A biology and Latin American studies major with a minor in Spanish, Levine became interested in Caribbean studies after taking a course in modern Latin America with Prof. Allen Wells. She loved the idea of being able to study Spanish in a way that is separate from the European standard. After taking more classes in Latin American studies, she decided to major in it. This past semester she did an independent study with Prof. Wells on "The Effects of the IMF [International Monetary Fund] and Political Leadership in the 1970s and 1980s on Social Conditions in Jamaica."

During her junior year Levine took the classes "Culture and Value in the Age of Globalism" and "Caribbean Popular Culture" with Prof. Patricia Saunders. She was so inspired by the material and Prof. Saunders that Caribbean studies has become her focus.

Her current plans include graduate school and a Ph.D. in some area of Caribbean Studies, and she is keeping an eye toward possibly attending medical school sometime down the road.

Levine, from Nashua, N.H., was a member of the Bowdoin women's cross country, track, and JV lacrosse teams for four years. She was also a member of Bowdoin Hillel and Korean-American Student Association, and was a Pre-Orientation trip leader.

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