Graduate Studies

Mussolini’s rhetoric of space: Locating discourse within the city

Alice is a graduate student in the Meadows School of the Arts’ Ph.D. program in art history, RASC/a (Rhetorics of Art, Space, and Culture). She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2014 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU to conduct research in Italy. At archives including the Archivio Centrale dello Stato di Rome and the UN archives in Florence, she intends to investigate Mussolini’s aspirations for Rome and the changes he wished to make to its spatial structure.

2014-06-02T18:03:32+00:00 June 2nd, 2014|Alice, Maguire Fellow in Italy|

Research at the Smithsonian: Investigating Latinos, reproduction, and disability

The 2013 LMSP Fellows at the Smithsonian Castle, Jessica is in the back row, 7th from the left. Taken by Diana Bossa, Smithsonian Latino Center. The final part of my practicum at the National Museum of American History allowed me to further explore intersections of reproductive decision-making and disability among Latinos. As I finished my research on eugenics and coercive sterilization in the U.S. (see previous post for more details), I came upon allegations raised this summer that from 2006-2010 at least 148 female inmates in a California prison underwent coercive sterilizations. Unfortunately, the history I explored is still incredibly relevant today. This poster from the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (year unknown) reminds [...]

2013-09-05T16:56:52+00:00 September 4th, 2013|Jessica in Washington, D.C.|

Stories that need to be known

From my previous work with economically vulnerable single mothers as well as my research in ethics, theology, and economics, I believe single mothers face particular cultural and economic pressures that often mean their realities are mostly invisible and their lives often stigmatized. Thus, many single, working-class mothers are marginalized in the broader culture. My research methods - of starting “knowledge gathering” with the women’s own voices and perspectives - reflect my concern that these stories need to be known and ought to help shape the cultural and economic structures impacting them and, ultimately, all of us. I am deeply concerned to recognize and support the dignity and agency of the participants who will shape the trajectory project by identifying themselves [...]

2013-08-16T23:16:08+00:00 August 16th, 2013|Julie in Dallas|

Behind the scenes at the National Museum of American History

Curator Katherine Ott explains pieces from the National Museum of American History collections. Photo by Diana Bossa, Smithsonian Latino Center. This month I’m getting a true behind-the-scenes experience at the National Museum of American History (NMAH). In the last month of the Latino Museum Studies Program, I am getting acquainted with work in Latino Studies by working in a Smithsonian museum. The NMAH is part of a large institution (The Smithsonian Institution), is a very large museum with many divisions, and is currently undergoing a major renovation. I have been going to staff meetings, learning about (and looking through!) collections and archives, and working with my practicum leader to get some understanding of how this large and complex museum works. [...]

2013-08-05T19:44:16+00:00 August 5th, 2013|Jessica in Washington, D.C.|

Learning to tell their stories

Kerri with Criola group members I am now in my last month here in Rio and not at all looking forward to having to leave soon! The project that I am helping with at Criola is at its height. The women have participated in social media workshops and a photography workshop, and have planned their own community events around political topics of their choosing. They take photos and videos at these events and post them on the group's blog and Facebook. So far there have been two events, and there will be more in August and September that I will unfortunately have to miss. The women of the group and I have become very close. I've visited some [...]

2013-08-05T19:07:45+00:00 August 5th, 2013|Kerri in Brazil|

First day of class in Singapore

Dr. Todd Rasberry and Rev. Gary MacDonald, Perkins School of Theology faculty, are in residence at Trinity Theological College in Singapore for the July 22-Aug. 2 Doctor of Ministry session. (Photo by B. Overton) Rev. Gary MacDonald (far right) leads D. Min. students during the first day of classes at Trinity Theological College July 22. Pictured, from left: Michael Moey (Malaysia), Tahir Wjdjaja (Indonesia), Grace Toh (Singapore), Manoj Thomas (Canada), and Paul Bala (Singapore). (Photo by T. Rasberry) Worship was being held at this Hindu temple in Singapore at the same time faculty and students worshiped July 21, just one block away at Kampong Kapor Methodist Church. (Photo by T. Rasberry)

2013-07-23T17:32:06+00:00 July 23rd, 2013|Perkins Theology in Singapore|

What is the American experience, anyway?

Jessica is a graduate student in cultural anthropology and a candidate for a graduate certificate in women's and gender studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Jessica is working on her dissertation, which compares middle-class, heterosexual Mexican-American couples and Anglo couples in the U.S. with the goal of understanding why these individuals choose to be child-free and how gender influences power relations in decision-making. During summer 2013, she is attending the Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Program in Washington, D.C., to expand her knowledge of Latino studies and explore how her work as an anthropologist can be utilized in a museum setting.

2013-07-18T15:44:58+00:00 July 18th, 2013|Jessica in Washington, D.C.|

Water and life in Uganda

Spencer is a graduate student in religious studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Internship for summer 2013 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. He is working in the Busoga region of Uganda with a development organization, Kibo Group, International, to assess local perception of Kibo Group water projects.

2013-06-27T20:48:45+00:00 June 27th, 2013|Spencer in Uganda|

Empowering communities in Rio de Janeiro

Kerri is a graduate student in medical anthropology in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Internship for summer 2013 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. She is working in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for a non-governmental organization focused on gender and racial equality.

2013-06-27T19:02:15+00:00 June 21st, 2013|Kerri in Brazil|

Arrival in Jamaica

SMU students testing coring gear off the pier. (Photos by Joey F.) An update from Brett, a geophysics major: We flew into Kingston's airport and arrived at Morgan’s Harbour Hotel in Port Royal at about 3 p.m. After a long day of flying, it was great to finally get settled into the hotel and be in the Tropics. Cliff beside the seismic chirp system. After a debriefing by Professor Hornbach, we divided into specific groups based on our project goals and interests for the week. These groups include a group responsible for seismic imaging, a group responsible for sediment coring, and a group interested in slope stability surveying. One key goal for this study is to [...]

2013-06-27T19:05:12+00:00 January 8th, 2013|Earth Sciences in Jamaica|
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