Rinna Rem is from the Pacific Northwest and has a bachelor’s in cultural anthropology from Reed College. She will receive an MLIS in June 2013 from University of Washington, where she is also a Khmer language fellow. She is a daughter of Khmer Rouge refugees and has a great interest in the revival of apsara, Khmer classical dance, as a means of healing and reconciling post-genocide Cambodia. Rinna’s 2013 fellowship is with the Arizona State University.
The Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC) received a generous grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support Fellowships in Preservation and Archives for master’s degree students. The IMLS funds support a group of seven students for each of the three summers from 2012 to 2014. Students receive training in dance-related librarianship and archival practices at one of the DHC nationally distinguished dance archives, a practicum placement at a smaller dance collection like a dance company or historical society, and travel to national conferences.
The Dance Heritage Coalition is the sole national nonprofit organization that works to document and preserve the records of America’s dance legacy and to ensure access to the materials for use by scholars and critics, faculty and their students, and the general public.
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Rinna Rem is a fellow at the Dance Heritage Coalition. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are hers, and may not represent the official views of the Dance Heritage Coalition or the Institute of Museum and Library Services.