Symposium 2016 - 2017
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- Matthew Dickason - Steinhardt
ARGRA: Photography as Memory in Argentina
Matthew talks about interning in a Buenos Aires museum that was once a prison and torture center, preserving archival photographs for ARGRA Fototeca, an organization dedicated to supporting human rights and raising awareness of the atrocities committed by Argentina's former military dictatorship.
- Tom Fields - Tisch
Emerald - (Film Screening)
Dorota, an orphaned scavenger, believes she’s the last person on earth until a masked creature threatens to destroy her last family heirloom. Emerald was produced in Prague during the NYU 35mm Narrative Filmmaking Program with support from the Czech National Film Academy.
- Francesca Flink and Sara Kohlberg - CAS and Steinhardt
Maternal Health in Accra, Ghana: Community Engagement with Eve's Foundation, Ghana's First Childbirth Education School
Francesca and Sara explain their experience volunteering with midwife and women's health advocate Abena Okra, the founder of Eve's Foundation, a self-funded organization that provides prenatal care and childbirth education to women in Accra who lack access to these services.
- Willow Frederick - CAS
Olé pa' la gente: The Rumba Brothers in Madrid - (Film Screening)
The Rumba Brothers, “Madrileños puros,” are always together, always singing. For these Spanish brothers, it's not about the coins in the guitar case, but for their audiences to enjoy the music as much as they do. They bought a guitar three years ago, and ever since have been sharing their passion for music and ‘la rumba’ with everyone they meet.
- Melissa Godin - Global Liberal Studies
The Real Face of Parisian Prostitution
Melissa discusses the plight of women from northern China who immigrate to Paris and, due to discrimination, turn to prostitution. She uncovers the untold story of these women and juxtaposes it with the romanticized image of Parisian prostitution in turn-of-the-century art and literature.
- Emily Ho - Steinhardt
Set in Havana, Cuba, Como Respirar is a documentary film telling the story of a young Cuban martial artist of Chinese heritage who seeks to preserve her ancestral roots and traditions while simultaneously embracing her Cuban culture by pursuing a career as a singer.
- Harry Kirk - CAS
Morbid Museums Around the Globe: Unpacking the Role of Morbid Curiosity in the Curation of Human Remains
Harry Discusses the way museums in New York, London, and Buenos Aires display human remains and how curators craft these exhibits to render them appropriate for museum settings.
- Angie Liao - Gallatin
Nuclear Anxieties: China, North Korea, and the Unstable Politics of the International Nuclear Question
Angie presents the results of her in depth research on the tenuous historical alliance between China and North Korea in the context of North Korea's escalating nuclear program and the legal and political influence of the United States, Russia, and Japan on the two countries.
- Aimee Misaki - Global Liberal Studies
Housing and Transportation in Urban Development: Gentrification, Displacement, and Ghettoization in Paris
Aimee examines sustainable urban development and economic inequalities in Paris and comments on the effects of gentrification and displacement on certain immigrant populations in low-income neighborhoods.
- E.R. Pulgar - Gallatin
Hydrangeas - (Film Screening)
Orlando is a young photographer living in Prague. After his boyfriend leaves him heartbroken, he decides to pursue a beautiful computer programmer named Ada. As Orlando explores the challenges of a new relationship, lingering emotions, and a poet who admires Ada from afar, he attempts to find his footing among the cobblestones of one of Europe's most beautiful cities.
- Jessica Wisniewski - Global Liberal Studies
Identity and Nation: Comparing and Contrasting Egyptian and Israeli Policy Toward Bedouin in Sinai and the Negev
Jessica presents her research on Bedouin communities in Sinai and the Negev, highlighting how the state failed to represent them as indigenous peoples.
- Gahyun Helen You - Global Liberal Studies
The Social Consequences of Implementing Environmental Policies on Marginalized Groups in Cities
Gahyun discusses her investigation of environmental justice in major cities like New York and London and the discriminatory nature and social consequences of sustainable policies and practices by federal and private corporations on communities with large minority populations.
- Denis Yu - Steinhardt
Counting Dead Women: Domestic Violence in the Australian Consciousness
Denis describes her role researching the effects of domestic abuse and violence on Australian women and cites his study of Australian law and the media.
- Oliver Jones - Global Liberal Studies
- Angie Liao - Gallatin
- Anna Reiff - Global Liberal Studies
An entrepreneur, global education professional, and mother, Heather Halstead is the cofounder and executive director of Reach the World (RTW). Founded in 1998, RTW makes the benefits of travel accessible to classrooms, inspiring students to become curious, confident global citizens. Through its interactive website, RTW enriches the curriculum by connecting classrooms to volunteer travelers who are exploring the globe. RTW identifies and trains volunteer travelers, manages web-based content posted weekly by these travelers, and delivers training and support to the sites in its programs. RTW, which began by serving classrooms in Harlem through a partnership with the Institute for Learning Technologies at Columbia University’s Teachers College, to date has connected 814 travelers with more than 17,000 youths in K-12 classrooms throughout the US. RTW’s website also hosts GeoGames, a set of interactive games that teach core geographic literacy. RTW’s partners include the Institute of International Education and Teach For America, and the organization is also building a nationwide network of campus and association partners that share its commitment to community service and digital exchange.