Andrea Blobel Pérez, Memory Construction of Chile’s Dictatorship
My research interrogated the nature of torture and trauma, and how it continues to be present in Chilean society after Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship. The history of torture in Chile was reduced and memorialized in a national discourse that failed to acknowledge people’s suffering. Instead of acknowledging the trauma in people’s bodies and need for a healing process, the national agenda pushed for a quick and peaceful transition that treated trauma as a solved problem and closed chapter. Thus, the purpose of this project was to interrogate the scars of torture suffering in Chilean society, the healing processes and the construction of national memory. This grant allowed me to fulfill my personal curiosity and get engaged as an undergraduate student.
Monica Cropsey, Community and the Making of Identity: Adjustment and Commitment of Senegalese Migrant Vendors in Paris
I received a SAAB grant to go to Paris to do qualitative research with Senegalese migrant workers, specifically street vendors, for my senior thesis. This project acted as a follow-up to my study abroad experience in Senegal where I met countless individuals with the desire to migrate to Europe for economic success and social mobility, regardless of the consequences. The goal of this project was to examine what happens to migrants once they arrive in their destination. More specifically, the ways in which they form community relationships to adjust to and survive the social and political climate in France. The ultimate goal of this project is to shed light on an underrepresented group that is often forgotten and is still fighting against the effects of colonization. This grant allowed me to travel to Paris and interview vendors about their experiences, struggles, and identities.
Arts & Expressions Grants
Kate Wackett & Erin Law, Transnational Art Exhibit
We got funding for an Arts and Expression grant that will allow us to put on a transnational art show featuring works made collaboratively by LC students and students from the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana. We’re taking eight LC students of all classes and majors to Havana over spring break, where we’ll discuss the nuances of art production in Cuba and the changing political climate, visit art galleries and major art museums, and work in the ISA studios with partners from different artistic fields. At the end of the week, we’ll be putting on an exhibition in Havana and bringing the works home to Portland, where they will show both at Yale Union and Milepost 5. We invite all interested students to join us for the show at YU on April 17th, come out to Milepost 5 anytime later in the month, or hear us talk about the process of creating collaboratively at the Festival of Scholars.
Program & Conference Grants
Leonardo Digiosia, Joint Mathematics Meeting 2017
I was able to present my summer research, done at Williams College, to a group of mathematicians interested in the topic: differential geometry. This was my second time giving this presentation at a conference, so I was already pretty prepared. In particular, the audience was entertained enough that the following Q&A session went overtime. I was able to answer very tough questions about my research that I hadn’t thought about before. Overall, this was a memorable experience, and I hope to be able to give the presentation at the Festival of Scholars.