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From Dartmouth to Oxford: Bronx, NY, resident named Rhodes Scholar for 2008

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 11/19/07 • Rebecca Bailey • (603) 646-3661

Adam Levine
Adam Levine (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Adam Levine, a Dartmouth senior from Bronx, N.Y., has been named one of 32 American Rhodes Scholars for 2008.

Levine, 21, who is completing a triple major in anthropology, art history, and mathematics and social sciences, said he plans to use the scholarship to study for a Doctor of Philosophy degree in classics at the University of Oxford. Levine's undergraduate thesis in art history is an examination of canonical images of Christ; at Oxford, he hopes to continue this research, applying the disciplines of art history, anthropology, and mathematical network analysis. The interdisciplinary nature of Oxford's classics department makes it a particularly good fit for his interests, he said.

Levine's long-term goal is a career in museum management and curating. "I really find that type of work appealing because it allows you to affect so many people. I love the fact that a museum exhibit can change the way people look at the world."

Levine already has experience in his intended field, having worked at Dartmouth's Hood Museum of Art since 2005 in administrative and curatorial assistant positions; as an intern and research assistant the summer of 2005 in the Anthropology Department of the American Museum of Natural History in New York; and as an intern this past summer in the Pre-Columbian Art, African and Oceanic Art, and Antiquities departments of Sotheby's Auction House in New York.

As a Presidential Scholar during his junior year, Levine worked as a research assistant for Professors Kirk Endicott and Robert Welsch of the Department of Anthropology. He is currently working with Welsch and is a research assistant to Professor Joel Levine in the Department of Mathematics and Social Sciences. He also has edited and co-authored several scholarly publications and presentations. In addition, he is a member of the Dartmouth Boxing Club/Team and is training for the Vermont State Golden Gloves Championship, light-heavyweight division.

Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. The Rhodes Trust pays all college and university fees, provides a stipend to cover living expenses and transportation to and from England. The total value averages approximately $27,000 per year.

The Rhodes Scholarships were created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes. Criteria for selection include high academic achievement, integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness, respect for others, potential for leadership and physical vigor.

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