On August 10, 2016, Stefan Sperling*06 passed away in San Francisco after a brief illness. His many friends and colleagues are still in shock over his sudden passing. Born in what was then East Germany Stefan escaped with his mother and sister in 1971. He immigrated to the United States as a young man. He earned his undergraduate degrees at Deep Springs College and the University of Chicago, conducted post-graduate work at Stanford, and received a PhD in anthropology from Princeton.
A book based on Stefan's doctoral dissertation, "Reasons of Conscience: The Bioethics Debate in Germany," was published in 2013 by the University of Chicago Press. He taught at Harvard University, Humboldt University in Berlin, and Deep Springs courses on science, culture and ethics. . He received his JD from Stanford in 2014 Stanford. As Matthew Ferraro noted in the Stanford Lawyer, “….Stefan had an anthropologist's eye for the complex ecology of our society.”
After law school, Stefan practiced law in northern California, most recently at the San Francisco office of Baker & McKenzie. Stefan is survived by his grandfather Hans, a sister Sabine and cousin Horst. He was supported in his final days by Geoff Andersen, Gabe Culbert, Ana Mayorova and partner JoJo Zou, and is mourned by many friends around the world. It is a tragic shock to lose someone so young and so full of promise.
Lawrence Rosen, Professor of Anthropology, was awarded the Royal Anthropological Institute's J. B. Donne Essay Prize for his essay "Choice and Chaos: The Meaning of an Islamic Art Form." The prize is awarded biannually by the Institute for the best work on art and anthropology.
with the reading of their senior thesis titles, recognition of certificates of proficiency earned, and announcement of departmental honors and prizes awarded.
Departmental Honors in Anthropology 2016
Helena Hengelbrok, Varshini Narayanan, Scot Tasker
Colleen Baker, Wesley Cornwell, Amalya Megerman
Kujegi Camara, Kelsey Kane-Ritsch, Anna Menke
Independent Concentration in Technological Development
Angelo Campus (advised by Carolyn Rouse in Anthropology) – High Honors
Senior Thesis Prize in Anthropology
Helena Hengelbrok ‘16, co-winner (right)
Varshini Narayanan ‘16, co-winner (left)
Class of 2016 anthropology majors awarded university prizes
* Kujegi Camara, Office of Religious Life, Kenneth Christopher Harris '65 Memorial Award
* Wesley Cornwell, Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts
* Naimah Hakim, Spirit of Princeton Award
* Helena Hengelbrok, Stanley J. Stein Senior Thesis Prize in Latin American Studies; GHP Senior Thesis Prize honorable mention
* Kelsey Kane-Ritsch, André Maman Senior Thesis Prize
* Hema Lochan, Office of Religious Life, Kenneth Christopher Harris '65 Memorial Award
* Amalya Megerman, Herbert L. Lucas Award in Visual Arts
* Anna Menke, Peter W. Stroh ’51 Environmental Senior Thesis Prize
* Varshini Narayanan, Phi Beta Kappa & Beinecke Fellowship (in 2015) for postgraduate study
* Marisa Remez, Francis LeMoyne Page, Class of 1922, Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the Creative Arts
Carlos D. Sotelo's ’17 final project for Prof. Sherouse’s "Technologies of Communicaton" (ANT 356) course.