Today, I take off for beautiful Australia for a year of fieldwork and collaboration at the Australian National University! It was a tough decision to take a year "off" and leave home but I know that I need this year to understand the Ende language well enough to do it justice in my dissertation.
From the 25th to the 28th of May, I rode on the California Zephyr from Emeryville (San Francisco) to Washington, DC. I moved out of my Stanford apartment and brought my triathlon bike and two suitcases with me on the train! The first half of the trip through California, the Sierra-Nevadas, the deserts of Nevada, and Utah and the Rocky mountains in Colorado were incredibly beautiful. I stayed in the observation car the entire ride, where a pleasant narration and cheers of “Holy Smokes!” filled the air. The ride through Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois was greener than I expected, less diverse, but still beautiful.
Teaching Assistantship: These Languages Were Here First: A Look at the Indigenous Languages of California
I really enjoyed being the course development assistant for Sarah Ogilvie’s class “These Languages Were Here First: A Look at the Indigenous Languages of California”. It was my first time being a part of a Stanford Sophomore Seminar and I really enjoyed the small class size (15 students) and interactive teaching style. I helped arrange the visits of 10 experts on Californian indigenous history, culture, and language, which provided a variety of perspectives and important issues to discuss. I also helped arrange a class visit to UC Berkeley to visit the Californian language archives in the Bancroft library and the artifacts in the Hearst museum. I really enjoyed giving a guest lecture on my methods of Community-Based Fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, in contrast to the historical accounts of Californian fieldwork in the 20th century. I’ve attached these slides here.
Kate Lynn Lindsey