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A LENS INTO HISTORY

Visiting professor shares insights with students.

A recent guest lecturer at MHS provided students with a glimpse into how they might combine seemingly disparate interests while pursuing their careers.
 
Dr. Denise Nicole Green visited MHS on January 13 and shared insights into her research and career path, in which she has combined interests in textiles and design with history and anthropology. Dr. Green is an Assistant Professor in Cornell University’s Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design, and she is the Director of the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection. Professor Green is also the cousin of MHS History Teacher Char Green.
 
In a morning presentation open to the entire community, Dr. Green spoke about her fieldwork and research among Canada’s Northwest Coast First Nations, specifically on the west coast of British Columbia’s Vancouver Island. In particular, Dr. Green spoke about the significance of Thliitsapilthim, large curtains used not only in ceremonial functions but also as living documents in First Nations communities. Dr. Green noted the role of the thliitsapilthim in the traditional potlatch ceremony, and she offered historical context that touched upon Canadian history and the country’s relations with indigenous peoples.
 
Later in the day, Dr. Green spoke to Ms. Green’s Cultural Anthropology class, sharing information about her career trajectory, academic development, and scholarship. During her presentation, Professor Green noted how she tied together her interests in fashion and anthropology, using fashion and textiles as a gateway into her anthropological research and as a lens through which to view cultural development. A graduate of Cornell, Dr. Green holds a master’s degree from the University of California, Davis, and earned her Ph.D. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the University of British Columbia.
 
MHS students, who also had opportunities to meet informally with Professor Green during her visit, remarked how they found her presentations informative and insightful. Thank you, Dr. Green!
 
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