With deep sadness, SEM would like to inform members and friends of the death of Clara Ellen Henderson on October 2, 2016. Clara will be missed for the infectious sense of joy she brought to every social gathering and workplace she graced. She will be valued for the care with which she nurtured the research of others in her work with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Indiana University Bloomington. She will be prized for the passion she possessed for the digital humanities, particularly the EVIA project. And she will be remembered for her drive in helping to build the Dance, Movement, and Gesture Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology.
Clara Henderson earned her M.A. in 1995 and her Ph.D. in 2009 in IU’s Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. Her dissertation was entitled “Dance Discourse in the Music and Lives of Presbyterian Mvano Women in Southern Malawi” and was awarded the Esther L. Kinsley prize for the outstanding dissertation in the humanities at IU that year.
She went on to play a major role in the EVIA (Ethnographic Video for Instruction and Analysis) project, which was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as well as IU and the University of Michigan. More recently she was appointed Associate Director of the Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities in the IU Office of the Vice Provost for Research. Here she advised faculty on grants in the area of the arts and humanities, particularly in the digital humanities. At IU she also taught several classes in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology.
A memorial gathering will be held for Clara at the SEM 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.