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Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology
Texas A&M University

Department of Anthropology
Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University

Texas Digital Library


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Board Member
Texas Council for the Humanities

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November 22 Speaker: Dr. Sylvia ...

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November 22 Speaker: Dr. Sylvia Grider

Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University
Dr. Grider is a folklorist with extensive training and field experience in classical archaeology. She taught undergraduate and graduate courses in folklore and cultural anthropology, including courses in Texas Cultural History, Folklife and Material Culture, and Folk Narrative.
As the Principal Investigator of the Bonfire Memorabilia Collection Project, Dr. Grider organized and directed the project following the collapse of the student bonfire at Texas A&M University in November, 1999.
For the November Dialogue, Dr. Grider plans to share about how the Bonfire Collapse impacted her career and will also reference an essay she wrote called "Spontaneous Shrines: A Modern Response to Tragedy and Disaster" which included Preliminary Observations Regarding the Spontaneous Shrines Following the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.
In addition to the research and documentation on shrines, Dr. Grider is the co-author of " Texas Women Writers.

The Daily Undertaker, The Variety and Importance of Ritual

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Sylvia Grider, a folklorist and anthropologist at Texas A&M University who has studied the history of the memorials, said their rising popularity in the United States was part of a growing acceptance of public mourning. "Something happened in American culture when the Vietnam Wall went up and there was an outpouring of offerings in front of it that no one was expecting," Ms. Grider said.

Humanities Texas/Texas Council for the Humanities

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Sylvia GriderProfessor of Anthropology at Texas A&M University, College Station.

Editorial Team

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Sylvia Grider, Advisory Editor, Texas A&M University

The University of New Mexico Press :: Joan E. Alessi: Descansos, The Sacred Landscape of New Mexico

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Sylvia Grider

Sylvia Grider's accompanying essay explains the origin and folkloric tradition of roadside memorials.
Sylvia Ann Grider, emeritus professor of anthropology at Texas A&M University, was asked to be Director of the Bonfire Memorabilia Project after the fatal collapse of the student-built Aggie Bonfire in 1999. That work led to her current research on roadside crosses.

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