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February 20, 2016
Knoxville, Tennessee
United States

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McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
1327 Cir Park Dr
Knoxville, Tennessee, 37916
United States
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Adriana Zoder

Adriana Zoder is a polyglot who has made a living in three countries and four languages. Born in Romania, Adriana graduated from college in the USA, then lived in Sweden before returning to the US. Adriana has worked for nonprofit, educational foundations and in the corporate world. Since 2011, she has been writing a lifestyle column for The Mountain Press, Sevier County's daily newspaper. Adriana Zoder is the author of six books and has spoken at local homeschooling conferences about multilingualism and education. Adriana resides in Gatlinburg with her husband and their two children. She blogs at www.HomeschoolWays.com.

Becca Harman

Becca Harman is currently pursuing her Masters in Soil Science with an emphasis on international development at UT. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History and French in 2010 before managing an organic farm in Dallas and working in agricultural development in northern Haiti. Her husband, David Harman, is currently a Masters in Fine Arts student in painting. She greatly looks forward to contributing to the efforts of the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships during her time as a graduate student.

David Denton

David Denton is an architect and urban planner with over 30 years of experience in the field. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in the mid-nineties. He is a co-founder of a support group for people with the disease which is held in the virtual world with participants represented in the form of their avatars and can come from all over the world. He has also built a place in the virtual world for people to show their creations related to the disease.

David Garcia

David Garcia was born in West Chicago Illinois and raised in both the US and Mexico. He attended Ripon College where earned his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and History. David currently attends the University of Tennessee Knoxville as a graduate student in the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education. His academic research focuses on the use of protein-production methods to answer questions in structural and synthetic biology. An active member of the Hispanic community, David has worked as a volunteer for various non-profit groups serving the Latin American community, including Knoxville’s own Centro Hispano de East Tennessee.

David Harman

David Harman is the founder of Native Maps. He recently graduated from the University of Tennessee with an MFA in Painting. As an artist and maker, his work encourages engagement with the local community and landscape. He currently lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with his wife Rebecca and daughter Augusta.

Erin Darby

Erin Darby teaches in the Department of Religious Studies. Each summer, Erin and Robert Darby head up an archaeological dig called ‘Ayn Gharandal in the southern desert of Jordan, near Akaba. Conflict prevention and resolution is a focus of the project.

Miranda Gottlieb

Miranda Gottlieb is a Senior at the University of Tennessee majoring in Political Science and Hispanic Studies. She is active on campus in numerous health and leadership organizations, but passes much of her time working on public policy reform. Her combined experience as an intern at the New Mexico Department of Health and the Drug Policy Alliance greatly influenced her to begin working on local advocacy projects and form Students for Sensible Drug Policy on campus. Miranda is a Baker Scholar in the Howard Baker Center for Public Policy, but beyond working in drug policy reform, she has an insatiable desire to travel. She is in the process of completing her senior thesis, but permits adequate time to day dreaming and planning for her next adventure.

Rebecca Klenk

Rebecca Klenk is a sociocultural anthropologist, affiliated with the University of Tennessee’s Anthropology Department, who teaches in Interdisciplinary Programs and travels to Himalayan India whenever possible. She was born in Boston, raised mostly in New York, and spent a long time in Colorado, Alaska and Washington before moving to East Tennessee. Rebecca earned an undergraduate degree in anthropology from Colorado College and a doctorate in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Washington. Her long-term ethnographic research on economic development, education, social justice activism, and gender issues in India appears in scholarly journals and edited volumes and in her book, Educating Activists: Development and Gender in the Making of Modern Gandhians.

Robert Darby

Robert Darby teaches in the School of Art. Each summer, Robert and Erin Darby head up an archaeological dig called ‘Ayn Gharandal in the southern desert of Jordan, near Akaba. Conflict prevention and resolution is a focus of the project.

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