Auction Details & Impact
Dana Walrath is a true Renaissance Woman — an esteemed medical anthropologist, creative writer and poet, and a visual artist. We are proud that she also is an AUA supporter. A second-generation Armenian on her mother’s side, Walrath was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, but grew up in New York City. Her first visit to Armenia was in 1977, travelling with her family. Her next trip back was years later in 2012, when she was in Armenia for a year as a Fulbright Scholar. Based as a researcher and lecturer at the American University of Armenia (AUA) Turpanjian School of Public Health, Walrath spent much of her time with students at the University, most of whom were women pursuing their Master’s in Public Health. It was this experience that drew her closer to AUA and its mission. The recent decision by the University to start a new undergraduate degree program in Nursing inspired her to auction off her original works of art, Circles, Birds, and Vegetation, and gift to AUA a set of her limited edition prints of those works. The funds raised will be used to establish the Aghavni Mashoian Walrath Scholarship fund, named after Dana’s mother Alice, specifically to benefit and empower young women from the regions of Armenia to study at AUA.