CLASS Scholar

DHi's CLASS Scholar students

Gabriella Pico - Class of 2016

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Gabriella Pico is a member of the class of 2016 and majored in Public Policy at Hamilton College. As an American of Cuban descent, the issues of Cuban and Cuban-American women have interested her for many years. In collaboration with Professor Vivyan Adair, the Emerson Grant program, and the DHi, she explored literature and photography by Cuban-American women in an effort to understand how these two cultures influence these women at the micro and meso levels.

Jack Lyons - Class of 2016

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Jack Lyons is a member of the class of 2016, and majored in Asian Studies with a Japanese focus. Since childhood, he has had a profound interest in Japanese culture, especially Samurai. Following this interest, Jack worked with Professor Kyoko Omori on the Japanese silent film, Orochi (1925) & Benshi artists project. For the project, Jack constructed a narrative script in English for the Japanese silent movie, Orochi, and analyzed certain aspects of the movie like its cinematography and the Japanese culture presented in the movie.

Melissa Yang - Class of 2014

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Melissa Yang is a member of the class of 2014 at Hamilton College. She is a DHi undergraduate scholar. She worked with Professor Kyoko Omori and Sarah Bither on the Comparative Japanese Film Archive, which was started by Professor Omori and Alex Benkhart. Her interest in films and filming techniques was cultivated during her time at Brooklyn Technical High School. At the same time, she picked up an array of skills in manipulative software, which she hopes to add to in the future. Melissa also has an interest in foreign languages.

Brynna Tomassone - Class of 2012

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Brynna Tomassone is a member of the class of 2012. She spent her junior year abroad as part of the Hamilton College Academic Year in Spain program. Ms. Tomassone majored in Hispanic Studies and Africana Studies, with a particular interest in the socio-politic-linguistic influence of the African diaspora on women in the Caribbean. Ms.

Randall Telfer - Class of 2012

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Randall Telfer is a member of the class of 2012 at Hamilton College. He majored in both Chinese language and World Politics. He spent a semester abroad at the Minzu University of China located in Beijing, where he studied advanced modern Chinese and Classical Chinese, and also conducted research on the environmental ethics of Confucian, Buddhist, and Daoist teachings. While in China, he also made his debut as an amateur Xiangsheng performer. Back in his hometown of Avon, CT, however, no one wants to see him on a stage of any kind.

Xinyang Li - Class of 2014

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Xinyang Li worked on her project about Confucianism’s role in China. Confucianism has been a school of thought, which is considered as the orthodox thinking of Chinese culture. However, as China develops its economic power, Confucianism serves new roles. It has become a symbol of Chinese culture as Confucian Institutes are established vastly in the Western world. Furthermore, Confucianism has been commercialized in recent decades, serving to attract tourists.

Sarah Bither - Class of 2013

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Sarah Bither is an Asian Studies major and an Economics and English double minor of the class of 2013. She enjoys studying the complexities of Japanese language and culture and is a self-proclaimed bookworm. Alongside Professor Kyoko Omori, Sarah conducted a comprehensive study of the power and influence of Japanese silent film on the Japanese culture and film industry. Ultimately, she hopes to travel to Japan and continue her research by working closely with rare primary sources.

Kerri Grimaldi - Class of 2015

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Kerri Grimaldi majored in English at Hamilton College. As a DHi CLASS scholar, she worked with Professor Patricia O'Neill on The Beloved Witness project--a collaborative digital archive featuring the works of Kashmiri American poet, Agha Shahid Ali. Kerri utilized the archive to study the influence of Emily Dickinson's poetry on Shahid's. Kerri's work developed from her interest in the discourse formed between the works of the two poets, evident through Shahid's references to Dickinson.

Ujjwal Pradhan - Class of 2015

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Ujjwal Pradhan worked on The Beloved Witness, a digital humanities project that aims to create a collaborative digital archive for the works of a Kashmiri American poet, Agha Shahid Ali. Shahid ia a famous Kashmiri-American poet who popularized ghazal form of poetry and represented the Kashmiri struggle in his poems. Ujjwal worked with Professor Patricia O’Neill in getting a deeper understanding of Shahid’s works as the archive is being built. Ujjwal worked as a journalist for a national newspaper during his gap year in Nepal, and has keenly followed South Asian geo-politics.