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Writing Our Lives Fosters Community of Writers

Young writers participate in the Writing Our Lives Conference 2012.

For the past six years, the Writing Our Lives conference has been helping young area writers share their stories and listen to the stories of other young people. But the event also brings about a wider impact.

The conference—being held Nov. 7—is continuing to strengthen and build a vibrant local community of writers.

That was always part of the goal for Marcelle Haddix, the conference founder.  Please read the SU News article for the full story.

SU Abroad Course in Lebanon, Jordan Solidifies Transnational Pedagogies, Practices

“Global Perspectives, Local Contexts” examines feminism, gender, and sexuality in the Arab World

A new study abroad course, titled “Global Perspectives, Local Contexts: Women and Gender in the Arab World,” was launched this past summer in the College of Arts and Sciences. Taught by Carol Fadda-Conrey and Dana Olwan, professors of English and women’s & gender studies (WGS), respectively, the course took place in Lebanon and Jordan, where students directly engaged with issues pertaining to the study of feminism, gender, and sexuality in the Arab world.   Read the full article in AS News.

Syracuse Professor Recognized for Contributions to Latina/o Studies

A professor in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences has been internationally recognized for his service and intellectual contributions to Latina/o studies. 

Silvio Torres-Saillant, professor of English and Latino-Latin American studies, is the co-recipient of the 2015 Frank Bonilla Public Intellectual Award. Named for the late Puerto Rican intellectual trailblazer, the award was recently presented to Torres-Saillant at the International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) in San Juan.  Read more in the AS News article.

Chandler-Olcott, Schell Named Meredith Professors for 2015-16

A substantial bequest from the estate of L. Douglas Meredith, a 1926 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, allowed for the creation of the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professorships in 1995 to recognize and reward outstanding teaching at the University.  As a teacher, Olwan aims to create an environment where students learn to formulate strong arguments, develop thoughtful positions and articulate different perspectives with clarity, evidence and conviction.  Read more out the 2015-2016 Meredith professore in SU News.

Democratizing Knowledge Receives Mellon Grant

The Democratizing Knowledge Project (DK), a Syracuse University interdisciplinary collective of faculty and graduate students, has been awarded a four-year, $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a series of summer institutes titled “Just Academic Spaces: Creating New Publics through Radical Literacies.”  Read the SU News article for details.

From Broken Bones to Healing Hearts: My Journey with Sarah Baartman

Lecture & Performance by Diana Ferrus

5pm – 7pmPeter Graham Scholarly CommonsDiana Ferrus is an internationally-acclaimed South African poet, activist, and storyteller.  Her poem “I’ve come to take you home” for Sarah Baartman, a Khoi Khoi woman who was paraded in freak shows in 19th century Europe inspired the French Senate to vote unanimously to return Baartman’s remains to South Africa.   The poem is published in the French Law, a landmark in French history.  At her performance lecture, Diana Ferrus will trace the genealogy of her poem to Sarah Baartman, linking it to colonialism, apartheid, and the roots of the designation “Coloured” in South Africa.  She will read from her book I’ve come to take you home and discuss the significant impact the return of Sarah Baartman’s remains had on the people of South Africa.

CO-SPONSORS: Departments of Women’s & Gender Studies, Cultural Foundations of Education, African American Studies, Languages, Literatures, and Lingustics, and The Writing Program

University, South Side Initiative Help Local Youth ‘Write Their Lives’

Three women working with a laptop and a sound board.
Sisters Na’eema and Jameira Harry work on rhythms under the direction of Syracuse University doctoral student Blair Smith, left, as part of the Writing Our Lives workshop held this summer at the Southside Communication Center.

School may not have been in session, but learning was happening at the South Side Communication Center this summer. On a weekday afternoon, sisters Na’eema and Jameira Harry sat at a table, thumbing through magazines to find images that would reflect how they see themselves. A short time later, they sat at a sound mixing board with headphones on, working on rhythms under the direction of Syracuse University doctoral student Blair Smith.

Read SU News for the entire article.

Professor Examines ‘Citizenship, Belonging’ in Arab-American Literature

Carol Fadda-Conrey

The changing face of Arab-American literature, particularly since 9/11, is the focus of a new book by a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Carol Fadda-Conrey, associate professor of English and an expert in U.S. ethnic literatures, is the author of “Contemporary Arab-American Literature: Transnational Reconfigurations of Citizenship and Belonging” (New York University Press, 2014).

Read SU News for the full article.

Feminists We Love: Chandra Talpade Mohanty

Chandra Talpade Mohanty (born in Mumbai India in 1955) is a postcolonial and transnational feminist theorist. She has degrees from University of Delhi and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. As of 2013, she has served as the women’s studies department chair and professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Sociology, and the Cultural Foundations of Education and Dean’s Professor of the Humanities at Syracuse University.   Read the full article on the Feminist Wire.