Grant Presentations

Presentations on Friday, December 8 will begin at 9:30am in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall. 

9:40am Dmitry Troyanovsky, Theater Arts: Interviews with Queer Theater Practitioners

Students in THA 145A Queer Theater interviewed prominent artists in Boston and New York. They investigated some of the following issues: What constitutes queer theatre today? Who can address, perform and receive issues of gay identity on stage? Is queer theatre relevant as a genre in the era of mainstream acceptance and visibility? What queer perspectives still do not get representation on American stages?

10:05am David C. Engerman, History: The US and Global Inequality: A Recent History

Work with librarian Laura Hibbler to obtain e-version of readings for a new course on the history of U.S. development aid overseas. Thanks to her efforts, students needed to purchase only four books (for a total of about $65), well below the norms for my upper-level History classes.

10:30am Xiaodong Liu, Psychology: Open course materials for Psyc210a/b

In this project, based upon my previous lecture notes, I have written detailed course materials and posted on course website (through LATTE) on weekly base as major reading for students. Based upon the feedbacks I got from last semester, students found that the course materials are very helpful. Student reported that about 70% of the readings they did were based upon the course materials posted online.

10:55am Paul Miller, Biology, Neuroscience: An Introductory Course in Computational Neuroscience

The goal was to write a new textbook based on the flipped classroom approach, with in-class tutorials and readings that could be understood by students outside of the class. Given the complex nature of the field and the mathematical sophistication of current textbooks, a more intuitive introductory book was needed.

11:20am Colleen Hitchcock and Liam Garvey, Biology and Environmental Studies: Using Historic and Contemporary Photographs to Facilitate Place-Based Understanding of Climate Change

11:45am Smith, Legal Studies: Literacy training in Immigration & Human Rights

One challenge of the Immigration and Human Rights course in particular and in the Immigration and Human Rights Practice JBS and lab starting on campus this term, in which students will be accredited to represent asylum applicants in immigration proceedings and defend them from deportation in immigration courts, is to find a way to sift through the overwhelming tide of information, and misinformation, arising out of immigration and immigrant policy. Another is to document that a refugee is who she says she is, according to the largely unreasonable dictates of the US immigration system. In this project, our students were able to work with Aimee Slater on literacy competencies and with Chloe Morse-Harding on documenting identities and the contexts of peoples lives. Through innovative exercises and actively demonstrating the ways in which they approach problems, students in the course have overcome significant learning curves in attaining these skills in the most difficult possible terrains, and I have learned from their teaching models to develop a training project for undergraduate immigrant representatives that will be the first, and only, of its kind in the nation.