Irelands's "Thin Spaces"


With one of her Cater Society grants, anthropology major Shannon Lawn ’18 explored the Irish landscape.

The Cater Society has funded Shannon for three projects: one in the American Southwest studying the relationship between tourism and Native American economies; the second studying “thin places,” or liminal places in the Irish landscape and their relationship with history and spirituality throughout Ireland; and finally, an internship with Anne Arundel County’s Lost Towns Project, where she worked as an archaeologist excavating prehistoric living surfaces while also learning about the risk climate change poses to the archaeological record.

“Cater Society has been the absolute biggest blessing of my entire college career, hands down. Thanks to CSJF, I have been able to explore parts of the world that I had never dreamed I could. I have been able to meet new people, learn about different cultures, enhance my resumé, and bring everything I’ve learned back to a unique, wonderful group of students who are eager to hear all about my experiences. Cater Society pushes its students to think outside the box and create something great from the mundane routine of academics … It is a truly magical experience to step off of a plane, or a bus, or a train, and look around and realize that your ambition and determination and thirst for learning, coupled with Cater Society believing in your goals, is what got you there.”