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The two-year, $338,000 study of girls ages 13 to 18 in six jurisdictions across the country will build on the extensive research into school-based restorative practices conducted by Thalia González, associate professor of politics at Occidental.
August 1 saw the culmination of their efforts during the day-long Summer Research Conference, when the student scholars presented their research in the form of 20-minute talks and poster presentations on campus. Research topics ranged from cellular markers for breast cancer and growing crops on Mars to the resurgence of Catholic exorcisms in the United States.
Sharla Fett’s Recaptured Africans: Surviving Slave Ships, Detention, and Dislocation in the Final Years of the Slave Trade (University of North Carolina Press), is one of four finalists for the 20th annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize.
Jane Hong, Occidental assistant professor of history, is the lead instructor for the June 24-29 workshop, which provides an overview of American immigration history by focusing on the California experience through lectures, guest speakers, field trips, and a series of readings.
MacLean is now one of five LAUSD teachers who are qualified for the Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year competition, which is part of the California and National Teachers of the Year programs.
LAUSD Teacher of the Year candidates are nominated by district employees, parents and students. Any K-12 teacher with eight or more years of experience is eligible for consideration.
Samantha Herdman ’19, a biology major from Mill Valley, is studying mockingbirds in the Galapagos Islands. Atnasia Mekonnen ’21, an undeclared major from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is in Uganda studying the impact of maternal and child health programs. Robertia Reid ’20, a critical theory and social justice major from Los Angeles, is researching the perception of Afro-Japanese identity in Japan.
All four speakers– pioneering tech executive Cathie Selleck ’55, international education advocate Ann Kerr-Adams ’56, conflict resolution educator Maya Soetoro-Ng, and political consultant and former Organizing for America head Sara El-Amine ’07 – "clearly possess passion, are selfless, take risks and have incredible courage," said Board of Trustees Chair Susan Mallory ’76 M’78 at the start of
"I expect there will be a sense of affirmation but also a few surprises on the part of students as they discover what this rich intellectual tradition is really about," Baker said. "I am teaching Introduction to Black Studies right now, and one of the things that we keep coming back to is that this is a field about survival, justice and joy.