Tacuma Peters (Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley) is the first speaker of this year’s Political Theory Workshop (PTW). His talk is entitled “Black Caribs, Indigeneity, and Resistance in Eighteenth Century St. Vincent.” UConn Philosophy Ph.D. Candidate Darian Spearman will serve as the event discussant. PTW is co-sponsored by the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (UCHI). Peters’ talk is also co-sponsored by the REP Graduate Certificate Program.
As is customary, every year each of our resident fellows delivers a talk on their ongoing research while at the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute. These talks are open to the public and take place at UCHI at the Homer Babbidge Library, 4th Floor. More details will be disseminated on social media prior to each talk.
When: 9:00AM – 12:00PM
What: Initiative on Campus Dialogues “Office Hours”
Where: Humanities Institute Seminar Room, Babbidge Library, 4th Floor
Organizers: Initiative on Campus Dialogues
Interested to offer a dialogue on confronting racism in your classroom, but wish to know a little more about process, possibilities and potential pitfalls? Drop in on the Humanities Institute’s Initiative on Campus Dialogues (ICD) “office hours” where participants in ICD will be available to walk through different dialogic approaches, share their experiences discussing difficult questions, workshop strategies for running a structured conversation in the classroom, and generally do what they might to answer your questions. Those confirmed for the day include the following:
- Hilary Bogert-Winkler (PhD Candidate, History; ICD)
- Sian Charles-Harris (PhD Candidate, NEAG; ICD Fellow)
- Gina Devivo-Brassaw (Associate Director for Community Outreach Programs, Services, and Initiatives)
- Richard Frieder (ICD Fellow)
- Brendan Kane (History; ICD)
- Cynthia Melendez (PhD Candidate, International Studies-Latino Studies)
- Dana Miranda (PhD Candidate, Philosophy; ICD)
When: 7:00PM – 8:45PM
What: Confronting Racism Together: A Model Dialogue
Where: Dodd Center, Konover Auditorium
Organizers: Brendan Kane, Humanities Institute; Glenn Mitoma, Dodd Center
Description: Join UConn leaders as they take part in a public dialogue exploring their experiences with racism. Dialogue is one of the most powerful tools we have in confronting racism. But actual dialogue – as opposed to debate, deliberation or conversation – rarely occurs. In part that is because it can be challenging: the bravery it takes to speak honestly and unscripted, and the discipline to listen with empathy and be present, can be difficult in a world so crowded with stimulus and distraction. Confronting racism, however, requires such bravery and discipline, such honesty and presence. It also needs people who through their public truth-telling can inspire others to truly dialogue over racism. Please join us as members of our community take part in this important conversation, facilitated by Valeriano Ramos of Everyday Democracy. Participants are drawn from across the University:
- Sulin Ba (Associate Dean, School of Business)
- Kazem Kazerounian (Dean, School of Engineering)
- Ian McGregor (PhD Candidate; Curriculum and Instruction, NEAG)
- Joelle Murchison (Chief Diversity Officer)
- Mark Overmyer-Velazquez (Director, UConn Hartford Campus)
- Jeremy Teitelbaum (Provost)
- Irma Valverde (USG President)
The UCONN Collaborative to Advance Equity Through Research on Women and Girls of Color (“The Collaborative”) is a part of the national Collaborative, comprising over 50 institutions and universities, with Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry and the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University, serving at its helm. These institutions and universities are signatories to a national commitment to support research on women and girls of color. UCONN committed to this effort as early as November 2015, and 2016-2017 served as the inaugural year of full programming dedicated to promoting research and campus and community engagement of research and discourses on women and girls of color.
Part of UCONN’s commitment included funding two post-doctoral fellowships and several research projects on women and girls of color, related to environment and public health and STEM and pipeline issues. (See the research abstracts, here). In an effort for The Collaborative to build a brain trust committed to sorting through research topics, discourses, and contemporary issues affecting women of color, as they relate to the two themes, it co-sponsored research workshops with the Humanities Institute.
The Collaborative also joined with UCHI in co-sponsorship of its research workshops to promote The Collaborative’s Brain Trust(s) for its Post-Doctoral Fellows, Research Fellows, and contributing scholars at the University of Connecticut. The Humanities Institute has contributed to these Research Workshops by hosting a welcoming, supportive, and enriching intellectual space to flesh out ideas and refine multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research on women of color.
UCHI looks forward to continued work with the Collaborative to Advance Equity Through Research on Women and Girls of Color!
The University of Connecticut Humanities Institute is pleased to announce its UConn Residential Faculty and Dissertation Fellowship awards for 2017-18
Distinguished Visiting Fellow
- Deirdre Bair (English & Comparative Literature) – “Bio/Memoir: The Accidental Biographer”
- Rebecca Gould (Comparative Literature, Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies) – “Narrating Catastrophe: Forced Migration from Colonialism to Postcoloniality in the Caucasus”
UConn Faculty Scholars
- Eleni Coundouriotis (English) – “The Hospital and the State: Readings in Anglophone Fiction”
- Ruth Glasser (Urban Studies/History) – “Brass City, Grass Roots: The Persistence of Farming in Industrial Waterbury, CT, 1870-1980”
- Kenneth Gouwens (History) – “A Translation of Paolo Giovio’s Elogia of Literati”
- Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar (History) – “Becoming Atlanta; Political Power, Progress in the Capital of the New South”
- Nancy Shoemaker (History) – “A History of Soap: Oils, Chemistry, and the Rise of the Global Composite”
- Harry van der Hulst (Linguistics) – “It Means What you See (But You Have to Look for It)”
UConn Dissertation Scholars:
- Jorell Meléndez-Badillo (History) – “The Lettered Barriada: Puerto Rican Workers’ Intellectual Community, 1897-1933”
- Sarah Berry (English – Draper Fellowship) – “The Politics of Voice in Twentieth-Century Poetic Drama”
- Alycia LaGuardia-LoBianco (Philosophy) – “Action-Guidance in Complicated Cases of Suffering”
- Laura Wright (English – Draper Fellowship) – “Prizing Difference: PEN Awards and Multiculturalist Politics in American Fiction”