Preconceived assumptions and myths about majors prevent students from being able to take full advantage of the college experience. This presentation will focus on elevating the student approach to major exploration by acknowledging and correcting these misconceptions and demonstrating that choosing a major isn’t quite so major. We will also explore research opportunities and how research plays a significant role as an undergraduate student.
Spanning decades of familial memories, TEN SECONDS OF SUGAR is a personal essay documentary film chronicling a legacy of caretaking, motherhood, and silence of Black women’s mental health. Reimagining the past as a form of trauma recovery, employing an essayistic approach illustrating the historical relationships between Black American women and the American health system.
SECONDS is a portrait disrupting generational divisions, seeking care, what it means to overcome structural inequalities, and what we pass down. Guided by my narrative voice, captured mainly by an analog tape recorder, the film presents a series of conversations between three generations of women: myself, my mother, and my maternal grandmother. The camera’s presence is a catalyst, paving the way for us to make space to speak openly and without judgment.
Through this talk, I’ll screen excerpts from work-in-progress scenes that render my family’s lineage of caretaking professions, nurses, mental health practitioners, and funeral directors as a form of care reformation and the accompanying research.
Martine Granby is a nonfiction filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Journalism at the University of Connecticut, focusing on documentary filmmaking with a joint appointment in the Africana Studies Institute and an affiliate of UConn’s Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. She produces films that weave between documentary, experimental non-fiction, hybrid, and essay forms. Her creative research focuses on interrogations of and material experimentation with family and collective moving image archives, ethical considerations of found footage usage, and discourses around mental health in BIPOC communities.
Dr. Richard Ashby Wilson is Board of Trustees Professor of Law and Anthropology and Gladstein Chair of Human Rights. He is a scholar of transitional justice and his recent scholarship has focused on hate speech and incitement in international and U.S. law. His books include The Politics of Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa, Writing History in International Criminal Trials, and Incitement on Trial. He is a member of the Hate Crimes Advisory Council of Connecticut and he is writing a book about the challenges in reporting, investigating, and prosecuting bias-motivated crimes in the United States.
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Popular productivity advice usually boils down to the same basic principles: capture all your tasks in list, prioritize them based on goals, and then plan and execute a detailed daily schedule. This approach seems reasonable, plus it’s easy to explain—which means easy to package and sell. But for many of us, this advice is profoundly counterproductive for the way our brains think and work best. Trying to use this top-down approach when your brain works differently is like pulling up to the gas station and getting a tank full of sand instead of fuel. We want something to help propel us forward, but we wind up grinding to a halt instead. In this one-hour workshop, I’ll lay out the core productivity styles that fall outside the usual top-down advice. We’ll identify which style your brain naturally favors and dig into the specific advantages you gain from working this way And I’ll share key strategies for dialing in this style to create more of the progress you want. You’re going to leave feeling relieved, energized and clear about how to make choices that increase your ability to do focused, satisfying and impactful work.
I’m a coach, a writer, and a professor King’s College London. My coaching practice grew from my experience mentoring students and junior colleagues. I specialize in helping smart people stop avoiding the things they know they want to do.