November 22 Speaker: Dr. Sylvia Grider
Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University
is a folklorist with extensive training and field experience in classical archaeology.
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.