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Congratulations to Tofani Grava '11!

Posted on April 11, 2011

At the Greater Boston Anthropology Consortium Student Conference (GBAC), Tofani Grava was the winner of the Best Undergraduate Student Paper Prize.

Tofani Grava ’11, winner of the 7th Annual GBAC student conference held at Brandeis University April 8, 2011 presented the results of her Honors Thesis research “The Mormon Culture of Community and Recruitment.”

Tofani writes, “My research contributes to the body of anthropological study of Mormonism by looking at how the church modernizes through revelations of living prophets, which are passed on to communities that congregate often, together with biblical values of volunteerism, proselytization, and the living of the true faith.  It also considers how the Church makes use of living Prophets and new technologies for maintaining and expanding membership.”

Aimee Shafner “11 also presented a paper and Natalia Von Sonn ’11 presented a poster at this year’s GBAC conference and eight members of the Anthropology Club accompanied them on the journey to Waltham for the all day conference.

GBAC is a consortium of Anthropology programs at Brandeis University, Clark University, Northeastern University, Olin College, Tufts University, Wellesley College, and Wheaton College.

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