Nadia was awarded Valencia College’s Chelsey G. Magruder Foundation & First Union National Bank of Florida 2018 Humanities Fellowship. The fellowship funded travel to Japan to facilitate research on the influence of traditional Japanese art on modern and contemporary Japanese art, as well as research on the impact of the atomic bombs in Japan today.
Nadia’s interest in expanding her knowledge about Japanese culture responds to her desire to decolonize her courses by expanding her knowledge and including Eastern humanities, culture and history in her classes, as most of her classes focus on the West and Latin America.
Nadia hopes that her research on the atomic bombs’ history, sites, and impact, will allow students to better understand the influence of the bombs on Japanese culture and arts, and understand that the impact still lingers today, giving students the opportunity to connect with the issue not only critically, but also empathically. She is grateful and excited to have had such amazing opportunity. She wants to thank Valencia College’s Humanities Department for all their trust and support!