Some called it a magical evening. But it wasn’t just the speech, or the glow of the October sunset that filled Memorial Chapel. After sharing her life story with an enthralled audience, Tererai Trent mingled with students, faculty and staff at an intimate reception in Pannell Gallery.
Professor Debbie Durham has researched and published on economic empowerment programs for youth in Botswana, studied aging and class in western Turkey, and conducted research on cultural identity, liberalism and democracy. From her anthropologist’s point of view, the authors of “Half the Sky” get a lot wrong.
This fall, assistant professor of international affairs Padmini Coopamah is teaching a seminar called “Women and Power” for students in the y:1 first-year program. Developing a course on women and political leadership had long been on her to-do list.
“Human trafficking.” “Modern-day slavery.” The phrases conjure up images of dingy Asian brothels, or a line of young women forced across a border by gunpoint at night. Chances are, you don’t link those words to your clothes, your smartphone, your car or your lunch.
In 2011, then engineering students Sarah Lightbody and Kellner Pruett and their professor Scott Pierce resolved to find functional, properly fitted prosthetic arms for Newton Milton, a man who had lost all of his limbs after he was electrocuted while working construction nine years earlier.