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Diversity and Social Justice Project

The Diversity and Social Justice Project Student-Faculty Conference

The 2010 DSJP student-faculty conference will take place on Thursday, Sept. 23 and Friday, Sept. 24 in the Red Pit. The conference is designed to showcase the work of students who have spent the summer as volunteers and/or scholars on issues of diversity and social justice. Our keynote speaker will be Debra Richardson, Program Director of the Utica Culinary Institute, and her talk, “Food Justice: Food as the Vehicle for Connecting Communities,” will focus on her work as a local food activist.  In addition to the Diversity and Social Justice Summer Service Associates, presenters include the Kirkland College Summer Research Grant recipients and a small group of Emerson Grant recipients.
So many Hamilton students do worthy internships and scholarly projects in these areas, and we hope to honor all of them by highlighting a few. 
All events will take place in the Red Pit (KJ 127).


Thursday, September 23rd

4:10  Keynote Speech by Debra Richardson: “Food Justice: Food as the Vehicle for Connecting Communities.”

5:15   Break

5:30- 6:45 Diversity and Social Justice Summer Service Associates

Denise Ama Ghartey ’12: The Young People’s Project, Cambridge, MA.
The YPP is an outgrowth of the Algebra Project, a national mathematics literacy effort started by Robert Moses ’56 in 1982 which provides low income students and students of color with the mathematical skills needed to enroll in college preparatory mathematics classes in high school. 

Lauren Howe ’13: The Northampton Survival Center, Northampton, MA.
The Northampton Survival Center is a non-profit organization and emergency food pantry that serves clients in sixteen different communities within Hampshire County.  On an average day, the NSC distributes about 2,000 pounds of food to low-income clients, many who are elderly, homeless, disabled, unemployed, minorities, or children.   

Caroline Davis ’11: Provincial Peace Forum, Kenya
The Provincial Peace Forum (PPF), a USAID sponsored project, aims to address some of the causes and effects of the post-election violence.  Currently, PPF is working to increase trust and confidence among and between rival pastoral communities.

Wai Yee Poon ’11: Border Statements Collective, Ruili City, China.
Border Statements Collective, Inc. is an association dedicated to use “contemporary art practice in cultural preservation and education efforts.”  BSC offers workshops and classes at no cost for youth, ages ranging from 6 to 18, to educate and prevent them from submitting to the crime- and drug-ridden environment in which they live.


Friday, September 24th

3:00- 4:15

Kirkland College Summer Research Recipients

Jori Belkin ’11 Indian Women and Bollywood’s Female Image: Globalization and the Rise of Social Conservatism (with Lisa Trivedi, Associate Professor, History)

Megan Bolger ’11 Queer Queeries (with Shoshana Keller, Professor, History)

Emina Memisevic ’12  Surviving War: The Voices of Bosnian Women (with Anna Oldfield, Visiting Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature)

Caitlin Taborda ’11  Forgotten Women: The Struggle for Women’s Rights in Columbia (with Anne Lacsamana, Associate Professor, Women’s Studies)


4:30-5:30

Emerson Summer Research Recipients

Katherine Hoar ’11  Hunger Strike as an IRA Tradition: The Protest of Bobby Sands (with Kevin Grant, Associate Professor, History)

Kate Northway ’11  Urban Agriculture in Utica: Maintaining Immigrant  Identity While Creating Economic Self Sufficiency (with Anne Lacsamana, Associate Professor, Women’s Studies)

Caitlin O’Dowd, ’12 Environmentalism in the Garbage City (with Peter Cannavo, Assistant Professor, Government)


Diversity and Social Justice Project Summer Service Associate grants have been generously subsidized by the Kirkland Endowment.

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