Student News & Profiles
Marybeth Redheffer (MA Spanish ’04, Middlebury; MA International Policy Studies '06, Monterey Institute of International Studies) returned to Madrid to work for DARA, an international non-profit organization that specializes in the evaluation of humanitarian action. Marybeth has been very involved in DARA's largest initiative, the Humanitarian Response Index (HRI), which annually assesses responses to humanitarian crises to see how well donor countries are abiding by good practice. In addition to coordinating the publication of the HRI, she has participated in field missions to Colombia, Georgia, Ethiopia, the Philippines, and Indonesia and is co-author of the crisis report on Georgia.
Writer and blogger Margaret Fenwick (MA Spanish ’00) has published Eco Chic: Pequeños gestos para cuidar de ti y tu planeta, an upbeat and positive green-living guide specifically written for Spain, the Spanish people, and the Spanish culture. Published by Ediciones Martínez Roca (Grupo Planeta), the book features a prologue by renowned anthropologist Jane Goodall. Margaret writes, "Without the excellent education of the Middlebury Spanish program and the generous Juan Centeno Memorial Scholarship I was awarded, none of this would have been possible."
Currently completing the year-abroad portion of her MA in Spanish, Katrina Spencer is keeping very busy in Madrid. In addition to teaching English to Madrileños, interning at a trilingual bookstore where she reads Spanish-language stories to children, singing contralto in a university choir, and participating in a Spanish radio interview about the film "Precious" (note: interview begins about a third of the way into the program), she has also become an event organizer for Generation Schengen, a group that promotes permeable European borders and intercultural exchange. In addition, she has started a Facebook group called "Afro-Madrid" for people of African descent living in Madrid; the aim of the group is to promote cultural events and sites that celebrate African heritage and to explore Spain's relationship to Africa, a topic which Katrina hopes will form the basis for her doctoral studies.
Vanessa Ehler, MA Spanish '08, was awarded a Tolland Education Foundation Grant to create the World Language Museum at Tolland High School. Inspired by her art professor in Madrid, Carlos Vela, Vanessa selected 75 pieces to complete this exciting addition to her Connecticut school. The Museum includes prints by the following artists: Dali, Goya, Velazquez, Botero, Khalo, Rivera, El Greco, Monet, Manet, Matisse, Braque, and Magritte.