The Center is growing in its mission and scope everyday, which has allowed us to hire a few more interns. The interns you’ll meet in this post collaborate with the other Interns that came aboard earlier this year.
Let’s meet the Interns:
Darby Hehl is an undergraduate student pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Education. Her post-college career goals are to teach Spanish in either an Elementary or High school setting (she is still deciding!), and to receive her master’s degree in Education. She worked on digitizing and analyzing the Guia del Comercio Sirio-Libanes, an Argentinean Lebanese business directory
published in 1942. She also co-authored an article about the history and findings of the project with Dr. Lily Balloffet
. Currently she is digitizing La Siria Nueva of 1917 and Guia Assalam del Comercio Sira-Libanes 1927-1928, which are also Argentinean Lebanese business directories. With these new entries, she will investigate the data for specialization in occupations among the Lebanese population in Argentina over time. She hopes to improve her fluency in Spanish through working with the Center, as well as gain more knowledge on immigrants who traveled to Spanish speaking countries.
Zoe Avery is studying Art History, French, and Chemistry at NC State. After getting her master’s degree, she hopes to become a paper or textile conservator. She is currently processing the Mokarzel family collection so that researchers and the public can utilize it in the future. She also works on extracting and analyzing relevant information from census documents to be utilized by other staff at the Center. Census data has been used in Mapping the Mahjar and Questioning Assumptions: Gender & Lebanese Immigration.
By working at the center, she hopes to continue learning about Lebanese American history. Of course she’s interested in history and looking at historical artifacts, so the fact that she gets to work with (and help preserve) the many aspects of Lebanese American heritage here at the center is awesome!
Nicole Coscolluela is a second year MA student in Public History and completing the Digital Humanities Certificate at NC State. Her specializations are public engagement, social media outreach, and digital visualizations. She earned a B.A. in Classics and Archaeology from Johns Hopkins University and an MSc in Human Osteoarchaeology from The University of Edinburgh. At the Khayrallah Center, she exploring an American publication from the 1920s and 30s called The Syrian World
, which aimed to appeal to young Syrian Americans to educate them about their history and culture. Her research is part of the Center’s Mapping the Mahjar
project, a digital humanities endeavor.
Katie Schinabeck is pursuing a PhD in Public History at NC State University. Katie earned her BA in American History from Suffolk University in 2014. Her research focuses on the memory and interpretation of the American Revolution, concentrating on Loyalists and the Loyalist diaspora. At the Khayrallah Center, she is currently creating educational programming for the traveling exhibit The Lebanese in America. She will also be studying gender and marriage for the Mapping the Mahjar project and managing Mashriq and Mahjar: The Journal of Middle East Migration Studies. Katie is interested in applying the digital tools and methods she uses to conduct and share research at the Khayrallah Center to her own work.