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Student Snapshot: Lily Bibro ’24 

Lily Bibro '24 in her happy place, the Duke Humfrey’s Library, which is the oldest reading room in the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford.

Lily Bibro '24 in her happy place, the Duke Humfrey’s Library, which is the oldest reading room in the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford.

Lily Bibro ’24 has gathered valuable professional experience working with two professors on research projects. Fresh from studying abroad through Dickinson’s prestigious Oxford program, she looks forward to pouring all she’s learned so far into her senior research project. Below, she discusses what drew her to Dickinson, the class that sparked her interest in health-related literature, her experiences at Oxford and more.

Hometown:

Salisbury, Connecticut.

Major:

English, with a minor in women’s, gender & sexuality studies.

Clubs and organizations:

English Majors Committee.

Honors/scholarships/awards:

Agnes Sterrett Woods Prize for Best Female Essay or Short Story.

On choosing Dickinson:

Dickinson was one of my top three schools when I was applying because of its illustrious English department, but what elevated Dickinson to my top choice was the financial assistance I received. I am forever grateful to Dickinson for allowing me to access such a quality education, as cost was a large factor for myself and my family.

Favorite place on campus:

Morgan Field in early May.

Favorite class so far:

I really loved taking Plague Years with Associate Professor of English Claire Seiler. Learning about the different types of literature, propaganda, films and advertisements produced in the influenza epidemic of 1918 and the midcentury polio crisis was incredibly interesting and introduced me to the fields of health humanities and disability/mobility studies, which are now part of my personal interests in the world of literature. Professor Seiler is an amazingly energetic and passionate educator, and I look forward to doing my thesis with her.

If I could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, it would be …

… Patti Smith.

On studying abroad:

I spent my junior year abroad at Mansfield College through Dickinson’s Oxford Visiting Students Programme. Choosing a highlight is difficult, but if I had to pick one thing, I think it would be studying in the Duke Humfrey’s Library at the Bodleian. Thinking about how many brilliant people have sat in that room since 1450 sure motivates you to finish that essay!

About my internship:

I have interned with Professor of American Studies Cotten Seiler as an editorial assistant for his work with Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies. I aided Professor Seiler in matching article submissions with relevant intellectual professionals to review them, collected new titles within the field to be featured in the review section and created a fresh cover design with the assistance of Megan Dale, who majors in graphic design at Penn State.

In the spring of my sophomore year, I aided Associate Professor of American Studies Jerry Philogene in her personal research on the Haitian diaspora, Haitian film maker Raoul Peck and Haitian American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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Published July 14, 2023