CCPA Summer Series 2018: Haagerup Excavation: Seeing through Skeletons into Our Past

CCPA Summer Series 2018: Haagerup Excavation: Seeing through Skeletons into Our Past

CCPA Note: Today’s blog starts our annual summer series, where Haverford students funded through college sponsored opportunities share their experiences. We are so excited for the series to begin, and look forward to an exciting summer ahead! By Yifan Zhang This summer, I have the amazing opportunity to excavate a medieval cemetery on the island of Fyn in Denmark. Haagerup archaeological campaign is organized by the Unit of Anthropology (ADBOU) at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), and I will be working with bioarchaeologists from SDU and Penn State. Through participating in this exciting project, I will gain valuable fieldwork experience and learn bioarchaeological knowledge that is not taught at Haverford. What’s more, few things could be more rewarding than personally contributing to an international research project alongside leading scholars in the field! All of these are made possible by the generosity of Ms. Deborah Lafer-Scher and the kind support from CCPA, for which I am genuinely thankful. Haagerup cemetery was abandoned after the Protestant Reformation in Denmark and was in use for approximately five centuries, serving a local rural parish. Archaeologists estimate that there are 3000 burials in this site. So what can we learn from studying thousands of skeletons? Skeletal remains are fascinating carriers of information. When other organic materials and soft tissues have decomposed, bones persist in the soil. Not only do they provide us with the demographic profile of past populations, but diet, epidemic, disease, famine, and violence also leave marks on the bone. Numerous interesting questions, which are otherwise mysteries, can now be answers with the information we collect from the skeletal remains. Personally,...
CCPA Summer Series 2017: Julia Fortier ‘18 Philadelphia Women’s Center, Philadelphia PA

CCPA Summer Series 2017: Julia Fortier ‘18 Philadelphia Women’s Center, Philadelphia PA

Julia Fortier ’18  CCPA Summer Blog Series 2017: Julia Fortier ‘18 at the Philadelphia Women’s Center   This summer, I spent Saturday mornings volunteering at the Philadelphia Women’s Center. Since 1972, this facility has offered women pregnancy testing, ultrasound exams, birth control, GYN care, emergency contraception, STI testing and treatment as well as surgical and non-surgical abortions. Not only has this volunteer experience given me a greater understanding of the medical field, it has also provided me with invaluable connections to further my journey towards a career in medicine. I became interested in this volunteer activity out of a desire to gain a more intimate perspective on women’s healthcare. At PWC, I experienced firsthand the challenges and difficult conversations associated with this specialty. At PWC, I volunteered as an escort to welcome patients and guests to the clinic. In particular, I helped patients enter the clinic swiftly and without harassment from pro-life protestors. Protestors stand outside the clinic from 6:30am-10 every Saturday morning. Two on-duty civil service police officers are always present to protect the safety of patients, protestors, and volunteers, although they are rarely needed. Some protestors are passive and simply pray and sing religious hymns, others are more active and pass pamphlets to patients walking in, and a handful are very aggressive and harass patients and volunteers. These protestors attempt to dissuade patients from entering the clinic and follow them down the street after their visit to propagate their anti-abortion views. Patients were typically disconcerted and frightened by protestors, especially the majority of patients that utilize the clinic for its reproductive healthcare services, not its abortion services....
Congrats to 2017 College Sponsored Summer Interns!

Congrats to 2017 College Sponsored Summer Interns!

Photo above by Lev Greenstein ’20. The 2017 class of CPGC interns at their pre-departure retreat. For a full list of CPGC Summer interns, view the official announcement. Did you know that Haverford has a variety of funding opportunities to help support summer internships? You can apply for funding to pursue exciting summer internship opportunities too! Check out our College Sponsored Internship page and start thinking about which internship fits your interests. Applications are due in February or March each year. The CCPA oversees many of these internships funds, and we are pleased to announce our Summer 2016 grant recipients! Keep an eye out for blogs about their experiences this summer as part of out CCPA Summer Series. Congratulations and best wishes! CCPA College Funded Summer 2017 Interns Andrew Silk Journalism Intern Tania Bagan ’18, News-Decoder, Paris, France Deborah Lafer-Scher International Internship Andrew Cornell ’19, The Mayor’s Office and the Center for Inter-American Studies at University of Graz, Graz, Austria Gertrude Albert Heller Memorial Grant Alexandra Bernas ’19, HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy, Philadelphia, PA Liberal Arts in the Workplace Susan Kelly ’18, Portland Street Art Alliance, Portland, OR Rebecca Chang ’19, Kurani, New York, NY Claire Burdick ’19, Conservators Center, Burlington, NC Alliyah Allen ’18, Monument Lab, Philadelphia, PA Josh Fried ’18, Congressman John Delaney, 6th District of Maryland, Washington, DC Jason Sanchez ’18, City and County of San Francisco – San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco, CA Primary Care Pre-Medical Internship Maya Behn ‘18, Jorge Prieto Family Health Center, Chicago, IL Keri Cronin ‘18, University of Pennsylvania Vasculitis Center, Philadelphia, PA Julia Fortier ‘18, Philadelphia Women’s Center, Philadelphia, PA Feven Gezahegn ‘19,...