Barbara West ’89
Culture Works founding partner, Melbourne, Australia
Graduating with majors in SOAN and English, I began a PhD program in
anthropology, expecting to follow Professor Mary Moran’s path to West
A series of events put me on another path. Liberia disintegrated into
civil war, and my partner won a Watson Foundation fellowship to spend
1990–1991 in Britain. I took a leave of absence from my program to
travel from Land’s End to John o’ Groats.
I realized that good fieldwork did not require living in a war zone, and
I changed my focus to take advantage of the opportunities provided by
the end of the Cold War. Four years later, I defended my dissertation on
post-socialist Hungarian identity, had my first and, so far, only job
interview, and got the job. In 1995, I became an assistant professor of
anthropology and international studies at the University of the Pacific
I was happy at Pacific: had wonderful colleagues, great students,
published a book, was promoted to associate professor, and won a few
teaching awards. But, 10 years in, I felt like I’d hit a plateau. At the
same time, my Australian partner was ready to go home after 10 years in
We quit our jobs and moved to Melbourne. Today, we run an intercultural
consulting business, Culture Works. We travel the country doing
intercultural communication training, consulting, and research. In four
years, we’ve published two books and the third is in production.
I’ve become a dual Australian-U.S. citizen and had to buy three suits —
one of the reasons I got a PhD in the first place was to avoid having to
wear a suit! But the freedom is worth it, and I hope never to have that
second job interview.
in Barcelona, Spain
Jodi Neufeld ’03 lives in Barcelona with her husband, Oscar Gimeno. She is the communications coordinator for the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, where she never tires of sharing tips with students. Here are her favorites:
Palau de la Música… You may be so engrossed in the modernist details of this grand yet intimate performance hall that you forget to listen to the music.
Camp Nou/FC Barcelona… You don’t have to be a soccer fan to enjoy the spectacle of a Barça match on the team’s home turf. If they win, head to the Rambla de Canaletes to celebrate with the locals.
Grill up some fun… Catalans love to celebrate seasonal foods with a cookout. A few kilometers outside the city, you'll find farmhouses and vineyards offering grilled favorites like calçots: baby onions that are charred outside, gooey and sweet inside. Wash them down with a swig of wine from a porró, the traditional drinking vessel of choice.
Hunt for mushrooms… In the fall or early winter, join an expedition of boletaires (mushroom hunters) and hike the hilly forests north of the city in search of tasty fungal treasures.
Antique cartoons… Head to Petritxol Street in the Gothic neighborhood. Installed in the façades of the street’s buildings is a series of antique auca tiles painted with cartoon drawings and a couplet explaining the street’s history.
Human castles… Part team-building exercise, part extreme sport, the precarious challenge of building a human castle is a sight to see. Exhibitions by municipal teams of castellers are held throughout the year.
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The spirit of alumni sporting their Colgate gear is seen here, there, and everywhere around the globe. Where was your latest spotting? On a Machu Picchu trek? At a mini-reunion in Pocatello? An election polling site in Houston? We’re collecting photos of Colgate sightings around the world. Send them to email@example.com.
This photo of Jason Kammerdiener ’10 at the Rano Raraku quarry on Easter Island, Chile, was taken in summer 2009 when he was conducting a survey of the island’s archeological features as part of the Alumni Memorial Scholars program.
Patrick Farrell ’05 is pictured at Machu Picchu, Peru, while on his honeymoon with his wife, Iceseas, in November 2009. The couple completed a seven-day, 42-mile trek and reached 15,300 feet in elevation to get there.