Excellence in Language Studies Award, Arabic
Student Name: Virginia Carter Spinks
Major(s): Religion and Anthropology; Dance
Bio: Virginia Spinks is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences double-majoring in Dance and the joint major of Religion and Anthropology. She is not earning a degree in Arabic language, but has profoundly enjoyed investing the time to learn Arabic through classes at Emory and abroad in Ifrane, Morocco at Al-Akhawayn University. During her time at Emory she has been heavily involved in the dance community and with Emory Campus Life as an Orientation Captain. She just completed her honors thesis in Anthropology and Religion entitled, "The Silence of Narrative Echo Chambers: An Analysis of College Students' Perceptions of the Connection between Islam and Terrorism." After graduation, Virginia will travel to Western Europe to study Human Rights as a 2017 Humanity in Action Fellow. She hopes that in the future, she is able to use Arabic to foster cross-cultural dialogue and integration. She believes that multi-lingual competency leads to multi-cultural competency, which will ultimately help us understand one another's beliefs, values, and ways of life.