So, this amazing person is my long time friend, Ph.D. anthropologist, author, and champion for the people of the Marshall Islands.
Her book recently won an important award:
Holly Barker, lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, was awarded—with collaborator Barbara Rose Johnston—the New Millennium Award, for their book Consequential Damages of Nuclear War: The Rongelap Report. This award is given every other year to authors “whose work is judged to be the most significant and potentially influential contribution to medical anthropology.” The book traces the long term physical and financial costs to individuals, and the cultural and psychosocial damages to communities in the Marshall Islands, following testing of the hydrogen bomb Bravo in 1954.
Now, she might email me right now and tell me to take all of this info down because she hates any form of bragging, horn tooting or basically anything Oprah would tell her she should be doing for herself as a female brilliant academic. In fact she won’t even tell you that she just got back from Geneva, where she finally ( after over 20yrs trying) got a chance to sit in front of the UN with her Marshallese Elders and translate their story.
Naturally, when she told me that she got a new office at the UW, but it had no windows and was dismal, I had to jump in.
How can a girl like me help contribute to the greater good of the world??? Re-decorating her brilliant friends office of course!
Enjoy the before and ( almost) after picture. We just need some lamps!- ( turn off that fluorescent light, please!)
PS, this makeover cost under $100 using the UW surplus furniture items and 1 gallon of paint from Benjamin Moore. Holly had most of the interesting carpets and Marshallese hand crafts already.