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Albion Remembers Sociology Professor Len Berkey

Len Berkey

Len Berkey

Professor of sociology emeritus Len Berkey passed away August 3 in Washington State. For more than 35 years, Berkey taught his Race and Ethnicity course to packed classrooms, exciting hundreds of students to wrestle with some of the most complex and controversial aspects of modern American society.

Rebecca Wagener, '21, Brings Context to Recent Gift of South American Artifacts

Rebecca Wagener, '21

Rebecca Wagener, '21
"Unless we can provide a context for indigenous objects, we might as well not have them," says professor of art and art history Bille Wickre, referring to a collection of pre-Columbian art recently given to Albion College. Researching that context—which Wickre calls "a gift to the world"—was an ideal summer project for Rebecca Wagener, '21 (left).

Matthew Schoene, New Director of First-Year Seminars, Describes Their 'Powerful Opportunity'

Dr. Matthew Schoene, assistant professor of sociology

Dr. Matthew Schoene, assistant professor of sociology

Dr. Matthew Schoene, assistant professor of sociology, was recently named director of Albion College's First-Year Seminars program, a core part of the William Atwell Brown, Jr., and Mary Brown Vacin First-Year Experience (FYE), beginning with the 2020-21 academic year. Even as he spent much of the prior two months shifting from on-campus to online instruction, Schoene is looking forward to this next challenge.

Bronze Age Bones: Charlie Downey, '20, Participates in NSF Research Project

Charlie Downey, '20

Charlie Downey, '20
It looks pretty easy on television, but Charlie Downey, '20, knows that getting information from human remains isn't something you can do during the commercial break. "We examined thousands of fragments of bone," says the anthropology and German major and member of the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program, who spent the summer doing National Science Foundation-sponsored archaeology research at the University of South Alabama.

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