Congratulations to LAIS students Favián Muralles (BA) and Christine Khrlobian (MA) for receiving the LAIS 2019-2020 student awards!
Favián Muralles (BA) received the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Award for Exemplary Academic Performance. When asked for a quote about his time as a LAIS major, Favián had the following to say, “After jumping around between three different majors my first two years of undergrad, I grew anxious and thought I was not going to find my fit on this campus. Thankfully I found LAIS and it saved my undergraduate career. I ended up loving every single aspect of this major, the support, the faculty, and the courses. Receiving this award really means the world and marks a perfect end to my time at UCSB.”
Christine Khrlobian received the 2019-2020 Graduate Award for Best MA Thesis for her thesis “El Negro Permitido: Representations of Black Bodies and Beings in the Colombian Press, 1970-1980“. This thesis focuses on the representations and stereotypes of Afrocolombians in the Colombian press from 1970 to 1980; and explains how racism, through el negro permitido operated, thrived, and continued to normalize Black subordination through a color-blind rhetoric in Colombia. Her thesis advisor was Cecilia Méndez (History, LAIS Director). Learn more about Christine’s thesis here: https://escholarship.org/uc/item/68z1c0dp.
Congratulations Favián and Christine!