Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Lina M. Fruzzetti to Receive an Honorary Degree

Anthropology Professor, Lina M. Fruzzetti will be presented with an honorary degree by Dominican University.  The degree is an acknowledgement of Fruzzetti's achievements, in particular for her work as a documentarian of many nations, cultures and communities. Fruzzetti's primary focus in social anthropology is kinship, ritual and the construction of gender; race and ethnic relations, as well as ethnographic film. She conducts research in two world regions, India and North East Africa.

In her distinguished career, Fruzzetti has not only produced more than 13 books, edited volumes, and chapters, as well as 6 films, but has supervised and guided countless students, served on several academic committees, and contributed innovative courses during her 42 year tenure in the Anthropology Department at Brown.  The degree will be conferred during an upcoming screening of her latest film In My Mother's House (IMMH). Her remarks will be shared at the graduation ceremony for the class of 2017, which will be especially meaningful as she is an alumna of Dominican. Screenings of IMMH held at universities through out the US, Europe and India, have inspired discussions on migration, race and identity.

We can expect exciting forthcoming works from Prof. Fruzzetti including a paper on the politics of graffiti in Delhi and Calcutta written during a semester in residence at JNU; and an edited manuscript Women in the Field, which examines the experiences of women conducting fieldwork in India.  Fruzzetti will offer two courses in the fall, "The Faces of Culture" and "The Visual in Anthropology: Documentary Films and Society." Congratulations Professor Fruzzetti!