The Holiday party was a smash hit thanks to all of you. Great food, good conversaton, competition and prizes. Chanez Symester took home two gift cards for winning both the trivia contest and the Ugly Sweater competition, although hers was definitely cute and not ugly.
A big thanks to all of the fellows who came out and gave back to the community during our volunteer event at the Ronald McDonald House. We all had a great time preparing, cooking and cleaning for those staying at the House while their young children are under going medical care at nearby hospitals. It was a great example of team work and fellowship.
The current Chancellor's Graduate Fellows and Alumni celebrated their 25th Anniversary on Friday, October 14th with a keynote address by Imani Perry, the Hughes-Rogers professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and faculty associate in Princeton's program in Law and Public Affairs and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her keynote address, "Looking for Lorraine: Gifts of the Hidden Hansberry" foreshadowed Professor Perry's forthcoming biography of Lorraine Hansberry for Beacon Press. In her talk, Professor Perry explored Hansberry as a critical figure for conceptualizing race, gender, sexual orientation, and global politics.
Click here to view a synopsis of the Conference and Reunion.
Click here to view Professor Perry's keynote address.
A panel discussion followed the keynote address by Professor Imani Perry. Adrienne Davis, Vice Provost and William Van Cleve Professor of Law, Washington University in St. Louis, served as moderator. Panelists included Professor Imani Perry, Rafia Zafar, Professor of English, Keona Ervin, Chancellor's Fellow Alumna and Assistant Professor of History at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Bertin Louis, Jr. Chancellor's Fellow Alumna and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Through a multi-disciplinary practice including installation, painting, and sculpture, Lyndon Barrois Jr. examines questions of aesthetic value, race and representation, and the creation of meaning through imagery in popular culture. Of Color situates eight life-size assemblages-composed of cropped images of athletes, fashion models, and domestic objects culled from magazines-on an asphalt basketball court. By repositioning this outdoor setting within the protected space of the Museum, the artist asks viewers to consider how people, cultures, and lifestyles typically sited on the periphery can gain visibility in a new context.
Alumna Karmella Haynes Ferrell presented her research and spoke with Fellows about pursuing a teaching and research career.
Karmella Haynes earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics. Her postdoctoral training focused on designing bacterial DNA for mathematical applications (Davidson College) and engineering synthetic proteins to control human cell fates (Harvard Medical School).
Chancellor's and Olin Fellows from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts and the Creative Writing Program presented their work to a captive audience. The presentations featured great examples of the collegiality of the programs and the intellectual and artistic directions of the Chancellor's and Olin Fellows. Networking opportunites followed after the presentations.