Live Blog: SCOCC Debate with Tiff Chang ’17, Zak Fisher ’16, Durga Jayaraman ’16

NOTE: This is our transcribed version of the SCOCC Debate.  It is by no means a perfect transcript and should be read and interpreted with a grain of salt.

SCOCC Debate:

Opening Statements:
Tiff Chang: An environmental Econ  major from Marin county, CA. She’s running to be SCOCC because she’s really excited for Laurie; SHe has a three-part platform. Within community Council, there are people who don’t talk at all…

Zak FIsher: Junior polisci major from Las Vegas. Two years in the SGA — Midd’s most valuable asset is their sense of community. He wants to keep us surveillance camera free; focus on trust; eliminate pubsafe walk-throughs.
Durga: Junior from Bangalore; involved in a wide variety of campus activities; sexual oversight committee, diversity committee; good grasp on issues; the only candidate currently on community council…
First Question: What’s the purpose of community council?
Durga: CC address non-academic aspects of Middlebury. Recent vote on surveillance cameras outside of dining halls; fire safety fines…represent different aspects of student life. WE right now only have one varsity athlete, one int’l student on CC. She wants a wider variety of people on CC.

Zak: Different groups, diff interest: students, faculty, and staff. The purpose of CC is to unite these three groups. Right now, CC doesn’t do a good job of making sure students know this. A lot of people haven’t heard about CC. Wants to make sure we use CC well as a resource, decide things in a way that involve everyone.

Tiff: Purpose of community council is to funnel ideas from community members, bring them together on issues, pass resolution.s. Wants to improve meeting facilitation to create a sense of trust, make it easier for outsiders to come inside by marketing meetings better. Wants to do more project delegation, get students on CC who have experience pursuing projects, get more done during the year.

What do you think about surveillance cameras on campus?
Zak: I went to the forum on Thursday, and I do have strong opinions about this. One of the reasons I’m happy to fly thousands of miles to be here in VT is because we have a good sense of community….people here trust each other. If we put up a few cameras, maybe we’ll be able to deter a few thefts in the future. I’ve had my guitar and my bike stolen on this campus. But I don’t think that potentially stopping those few thefts is worth having security cameras.. send the message that this isn’t a campus where people trust watch other. Some people grow up in a place where security cameras mean very different things to different people.

Durga: Voted yes on cameras, but clarification: they didn’t recommend that sec. cameras should be put in front of dining halls. Instead, that they should take a vote once they see the document. Ideas that they’ve been throwing around: the cameras would only be near the dining hall cubbies. Footage would only be viewed in the case of a theft. She was originally opposed, but she thinks that it’s important to acknowledge that the people who are stealing are usually not in the college community…She just voted yes on making a more informed decision on the cameras.
How do we know that

Durga: There have been 30 thefts this year….thefts have spiked (seen from pubsafe logs).

Tiff: Empathizes with the people who’ve had computers stolen. Was at the meeting today, and in general cameras can help. Cost benefit analysis: on one hand… for the past ten years, thefts hve been going up. 6-year high-low plan…Costs are high, too. People feel like they’re being watched, like we’re watching for ‘outsiders’. Also really affects marginalized communities. For people of color, a symbol of the police state can make people feel uncomfortable. She wants to bring in all of the stakeholders; people who’d be affected (ask  WOC, DMC).

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LIVE BLOG: SGA PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

Dear readers,

We’ll be live blogging this SGA presidential election. Crossroads cafe is filled with students, the room is entirely packed. Crowd control right now.

[Editor’s note: This is not a verbatim transcription of the words of the candidates. They talk very quickly, we are trying our best]

Format: questions from moderators (from the student body), each student will be able to respond and then there will be time for rebuttles. Opening statements now.

Josh: Hi everyone. My names Josh. Two years ago a bunch of you elected me as your Brainerd Senator and then your junior senator. Tonight I want to convince you to elect me as SGA President.

Ilana: I’m a junior psych measure and currently the treasurer of the SGA. Middlebury is made up of small communities but we need a better collective community.

Caroline: Joint environmental policy and chinese major. I believe the SGA should become the student body. I will turn the sGA into an accesible body that will take your opinions into consideration.

Stewart: I don’t like debates. The best debater is not necessarily of the SGA. Nevertheless… ‘reads quote from friend about distrust from the SGA’ Cut off.

Q: Do we have a problem with apathy to the SGA on this campus?

IG: This is true. I am qualified to solve this problem. I have been doing a lot of behind the scenes work for the SGA, I’ve been garnering all this knwoledge, I know how to make a change. I have an idea to invite six students to dinner with the SGA president to express their opinions.

CW: This question is the reason why I’m running. The SGA needs to be more accessible. Sunday to Thursday nights, a table with a sign that says “what do you want from the SGA? what can we do?” We need to be on social media. I have a fresh perspective, we need to rewrite the bilaws.

SW: The most effective way to change the school is through various social orgs and student groups. However, I think the SGA has the power to combat oppression and reduce the power that Pub Safe has on their lives. People should be able drink as much alcohol and smoke as much weed as they want.

JB: I disagree with my opponents. SGA has not been public about its accomplishments. The SGA lends legitimacy for student orgs in advocating with the administration. Even activists see the SGA as a conduit for change. IHH came to me a few weeks ago and said lets do something about sexual respect on this campus. We passed … cut off.

CW (response): I would like to commend my opponents for their work with the SGA. The fact that only 60% took that survey means that the majority of the student body does not care. A lot of them feel neutral.

IG (response): I am in agreement with both opponents here. We do a lot but we could use some change. It’s important to know whats been tried to make a change. We’ve been in the dining halls and on Facebook, it didn’t work.

More after the jump.

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A Letter to Greenwich 1993 Regarding the Graffiti Found in Bihall This Morning

How Are We Complacent

This morning, a new wave of graffiti was found on BiHall, Ross, and Atwater dining hall.  Walking around campus this morning, I was struck by the diversity of reactions I heard people expressing with regards to the third graffiti case this semester.  Some were positive, some negative, others ambivalent, and still others conflicted.  middbeat strives to use our platform to encourage discussion surrounding contentious issues on campus, and to do so we welcome students to send in op-ed pieces and letters to create space for dialogue.  A student who wishes to remain anonymous reached out earlier today with a letter addressed to another student they saw expressing a negative reaction to the graffiti.  middbeat  generally chooses to stay neutral on issues such as these, yet we find the letter to be a compelling defense of the most recent graffiti, and hope the letter will push the student body into more fruitful dialogue.  The letter is perhaps an affirmation of the voiceless to express their opinions, and a call for the community to dig deeper than mere superficial reactions to the expression of such points of view.  More immediately, the author specifically wishes to reach out to the the critic of the graffiti and the artist to engage in dialogue.  If the artist and critic wish to contact the author, please email middbeat[at]gmail[dot]com.  Feel free to share your thoughts below.

Dear Greenwich, Connecticut, 1993,

I walked into BiHall this morning – a Monday that dawned grey and drizzly – and noticed – as you evidently did – the graffiti on the pillars to the left of the third floor entrance. I wish I had snapped a picture, because as of 11:15 this morning, the graffiti had already been scrubbed away and your caption removed.

There were two images: one was a scrawled, boxy camera and the text “No Cameras”. The other was a largish rat standing upright and holding wire-cutters with the text “Free the Ratz” scrawled underneath.

I assume you saw – or at least heard about – the first two incidents of graffiti this semester. Perhaps not, but in any case, your response to this second graffiti incident was swift. By the time I walked out of BiHall at 10:00 am, your caption had been mounted on the right-hand pillar, the one closest to the door. A small crowd gathered around it to read the inscription. Again, I wish I had snapped a picture, because I can’t remember exactly what you wrote.

My impression – and I admit that this memory is tainted by my anger at a perceived self-righteousness in your response – was of a snappy paragraph that could be summarized as: “If you [the graffiti artist] hate Middlebury and everyone who goes here so much that you would graffiti a building, why do you still go here?”

I spent my next class seething, quivering in quiet anger in the corner. I wanted to post a caption below your caption, something snarky, something like: “Not everyone lives in Greenwich.”

I got an early lunch in Proctor and opened up to a friend about my anger. She was quick to point out that I was being as quick to judge you as you had been to judge the graffiti artist. We were both so quick to condemn.

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Nepal Earthquake Relief

KATHMANDU, NEPAL - APRIL 25: Emergency rescue workers carry a victim on a stretcher after Dharara tower collapsed on April 25, 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal. More than 100 people have died as tremors hit Nepal after an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale caused buildings to collapse and avalanches to be triggered in the Himalayas. Authorities have warned that the death toll is likely to be much higher. (Photo by Omar Havana/Getty Images)

(Photo by Omar Havana/Getty Images) http://time.com/3835665/nepal-earthquake-relief-google-person-finder/

As many of you know, on Saturday there was a devastating earthquake whose epicenter was near Kathmandu, Nepal.  Clocking in somewhere between 6.7 and 7.9 on the Richter scale, the earthquake and aftershocks have claimed the lives of over 4,000 people, and the country is moving quickly to find missing persons, provide shelter for those now homeless, clear the rubble, and give food and water to those in need.  For now, the situation is exceedingly dire, a tragedy by all measures whose gravity has captured the eyes of the world.

There are six Nepali students currently at Middlebury, Pramish Thapa ’15, Biswash Ghimire ’16, Ojaswi Pandey ’18, Aayam Poudel ’18, Divesh Rizal ’17, and Amosh Neupane ’18, and from the middbeat staff, we’d like to send our deepest sympathies to you and your families. We hope your loved ones are safe and well, and that you have been able to contact them.  In addition, at least a handful of students have spent time in Nepal, whether for research, travel, or semesters abroad. For those who have spent time in Nepal, we hope your friends and acquaintances have fared well in the face of the earthquake.  Luckily the one Middlebury student currently abroad in Nepal, Noah Stone ’16 is safe, but hundreds of thousands of Nepalis have fared far worse.

If you feel so inclined, you can find information regarding relief efforts here, including the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Save the Children, and UNICEF, and stay posted for more information about Middlebury specific efforts.

Introducing This Year’s SGA Presidential Candidates

As the Student Government Association elections near, the middbeat staff has identified a noticeable dearth in accessible information about each presidential candidate. All candidates have fairly extensive websites (go/josh, go/stu, go/caroline, go/ilana) that are definitely worth a scroll. Yet in these past few weeks, our collective consciousness seems to have shifted from the issues at hand to the seemingly engrained drama of any election cycle. While we appreciate the energy surrounding the upcoming election, we’ve noticed a slew of vitriolic, personal attacks that seem to be superseding serious debate of the issues at hand. In other words, lots of shit talking, which sucks.

In an effort to equalize the playing field and redirect campus-wide conversation, middbeat decided to extend an invitation to all SGA presidential candidates to sit down with one of our writers and explain a little bit about who they are and what they care about. Our goal is simply to add to the conversation, provide a little more context, and support our community in making informed decisions as we vote next week.

Over the course of the day, we will be releasing four interviews with four of the SGA presidential candidates. The profiles are varied in content and style—a reflection of our writers as well as the candidates themselves. middbeat will not be endorsing a candidate for SGA president.

Reminder: the SCOCC and Presidential debates will be held tonight at Crossroads Cafe. SCOCC is 7:30, Presidential is 8:15. Hope to see you there!

SGA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: JOSH BERLOWITZ ’16

1897721_10204838614866416_5082422885253236246_nI sat down with Josh Berlowitz ’16 at a tiny table in Crossroads last week hoping to get to know him a little bit better. Full of enthusiasm and talking a mile a minute, he cheerfully answered all of my questions from where his favorite secret study spot is (the patio behind the CFA, just by the love pond), to how he got interested in Classics (a happy accident of the old “hunger-games-style” freshman registration process in Kenyon), to why he truly believes in the power of the SGA to get things done. Here are some of my questions, and his answers, below:

MB: Can you tell us about yourself, for those who don’t know? Who are you, where are you from?
JB: 
I’m Josh, Josh Berlowitz. I’m a junior; I’m from Ardsley, New York, which is just a bit north of New York City in the suburbs. I’m a classics and PoliSci joint major which is really fun, and I also took Arabic for two years.

MB: I’ve been looking at your platform, you have a lot of really cool ideas – if you had to choose, is there one that you’re most excited about, most ready to start working on?
JB:
So picking from them is hard, because I have such different associations with each. I think the one that affected me the most during my time at Middlebury is study abroad. When I studied abroad, I was really homesick for part of it, and I was lonely, and then I got back to Middlebury and I had the worst month of my life. Readjusting and reverse culture shock was just horrible, and I wasn’t prepared for it.

And I noticed that there are a lot of issues with study abroad. We don’t really prepare students right, and we don’t help them when they come back. And then I served on the Programs Abroad Committee, which approves students for externally-sponsored programs, for next year… Middlebury has very strict rules about who can go abroad, where you can go abroad, and how we pay for going abroad in terms of financial support and academic support, and I’ve just seen that there are a lot of gaps in the system where we’re failing students, and I think that they can be closed.

MB: One thing you mentioned is that all of your platform goals can be feasibly accomplished during your time in office. However, it sometimes seems that the SGA doesn’t really have that much power in the first place. Can you comment on that?
JB:
I think in some cases that it’s true, SGA suffers from the reputation that we just sit around and debate nonsense, and in the case of some senators, they don’t actually do that much. I, on the other hand, have been very active as a senator over the last two years, especially this semester after being back from abroad. I already knew how to do things. I already knew how to write bills, I knew how to get meetings with the administration, I knew how to get my voice heard, because I’d already done it before.

For example, over Feb break, Ron sent an email from the board of trustees meeting, and in it he said, “Oh, yeah we’re upping the comprehensive fee this year.” It was buried deep in the email, and if I wasn’t sitting around on my couch watching “Friends” all break, I probably would not have picked up on this, I’m going to be honest. But I did, and I seized on it…and so I worked with other senators, and I wrote a bill to that said that we want a student voice in this process … I sat down with Patrick Norton, the Vice President of Finance and Treasurer of the College, and I said, “Look, students want to know that the money is going to the right place,” and Patrick Norton was really receptive, and he was all for creating a committee of students to oversee the budget process. And I think that is a big change.

MB: But even if you can make committees and look into issues, or set up meeting, isn’t it still true that the administration has the final say in things?
JB:
I think that’s true in some cases, but that’s also not true. Among the ideas that I proposed, just improving the lighting in Crossroads, where we’re sitting right now. The administration is into that! It’s just about getting someone to actually fill out the paperwork and do it. I think, in some ways, yes, sometimes the Administration can be “over” the SGA, but it’s about having someone who knows how to use the administration positively, and get results out of them, which is something that I’ve done before in the past, and I can do in the future.

MB: It sometimes seems that there’s a disconnect between the student body and the SGA. A big part of your platform focuses on “forging connections” – what about improving connections between the SGA and the student body?
JB:
I 100% agree, and I think that one of the problems is that last year there were no competitive elections, or very few, and nobody was really pushed on what they wanted to do. The way to combat voter and constituent apathy is just to make SGA do something positive, and that’s why I’m running on practical differences that can improve student’s lives. If people think the SGA doesn’t do anything, well, let’s make it do something that people will really notice.

MB: Why do you want to be president? There are so many different channels through which you can act if you’re passionate about an issue. What is it about this position in particular that matches your goals?
JB: I’m running for president – this is in my letter of intent – because I’m tired of us saying that we’re too busy for each other. At the end of the day, it’s that. I want a different culture at Middlebury, where we focus more on each other, where we focus on better relations with the town, on better relations with the world abroad.

I’ve been on SGA for two years now, and I’ve made progress. I’m one of the most active senators on SGA, but there is a limit to what you can do as a senator, and I’ve reached that. I want the platform of being SGA President to create this different culture. I’ll be honest: I hate campaigning. I’m not running for a popularity contest. I’m running because I have ideas. I want to make a difference because I can.

SGA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: CAROLINE WALTERS ‘16.5

FullSizeRenderOn Tuesday night I sat down with Caroline Walters ‘16.5 in Crossroads Cafe. Despite Jay Z’s “Run This Town” playing loudly in the background, providing a chilling and yet ironic soundtrack, Caroline and I were able to talk about her platform to a greater extent. Caroline is best known for running as an SGA outsider this election cycle. She is quick on her feet with a dry sense of humor and a clear go-getter attitude. Caroline has received a lot of attention after gaining an endorsement from The Campus this past week, yet much of the conversation surrounding that article has strayed from Caroline’s actual platform. Read up on Caroline’s thoughts and initiatives and check out her interview below: 

MB: If elected, how exactly do you plan to engage the campus?
CW: If I were elected, I would amend the Constituency Outreach and Student Engagement Act that President Taylor Custer prompted in the fall. I think that was a great step in the right direction, but I don’t think it was effective at all. A huge problem for the SGA is that it expects students take time out of their schedules to come attend their meetings or personal office hours. I think it’s far more effective to have two hours a week when each senator goes out to their constituency– maybe they go to different organizations’ meetings, or just out to the students.

Why isn’t the SGA on social media? Why don’t I know who everyone is and why am I not constantly engaged with them? They need to be more present in everyday life– the posters with their names on them in McCullough… everybody walks past that, nobody sees them. I think that they need to be more accessible. They need to engage with their constituency in everyday life. That’s one thing I would change to engage the campus.

MB: So in order to best engage the campus you seem to be advocating for working more with the administration. It seems like the current SGA is already tackling that very issue. How would you go about this differently?
CW: They are very political in their ways of working with the administration. I don’t think the SGA has worked towards transparency. I think Taylor Custer has voiced that and made steps, but I don’t think he’s done enough.

MB: Can you comment on your lack of experience with the SGA?
CW: I think it’s my biggest asset. I was shocked to see how few people showed up to meetings. I did a lot research online for this election. Everyone sitting there (Crest Room, elections meetings) sort of seemed groomed for this role. How can someone that has been in the SGA, that’s been groomed for this position, make a radical change? How can they change a perception if they’ve been a part of something that the student body doesn’t value for so long? I think we need a new SGA.

MB: What has been your tactic of outreach and why have you chosen those platforms?CW: Instagram, my website, go links, and Facebook. I launched my first video asking random students questions like who’s your commons senator, who’s the SGA president, etc? I want to expose that people don’t know these things. But the reason people don’t know these things is because they don’t value the SGA and don’t see the SGA as accessible. We need to reinvent the SGA at Middlebury– it has blown my mind how little interest our student body has in the SGA. I want to recognize this problem and really expose how people don’t know anything about it.

MB: So we’ve seen your platform and recognize that some of the issues you mentioned are currently being tackled by student groups. What kind of role do you see yourself taking in these issues?
CW: I’m not saying that my solutions are the best solutions or the end all be all. What I’m trying to say is that I will rely on those people to help me frame and create those solutions. The fact is that we need to establish a more accessible entity for them to come to and I want to create that accessible entity. I think the SGA can be more supportive of these groups and take their views into account. The administration doesn’t necessarily know how to communicate with the student body, but the SGA, based on how it appears, should know how to communicate and has that ability to communicate with the student body.

MB: What will most likely to be your primary focus?
CW: The first thing I would do is create the website for MiddConnect, because it’ll take the summer to do and I want that launched at the beginning of next year. I want students to be able to save money right at the beginning of the year.

Additionally, we need to separate sexual respect (sexual harassment and sexual assault) from mental health and wellness. I know a resolution just passed in the SGA regarding this issue and I think that is awesome. I think we need to address the problem that students have to wait weeks in town to see a psychiatrist and I also think we need to address that we do not have enough trained counselors on campus. While I believe that not one single issue is my primary focus, I do think there is a couple issues that are extremely time sensitive. These are huge priorities of mine and I will not back down.

SGA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: ILANA GRATCH ‘16.5

ilana photoI sat down with Ilana Gratch ‘16.5 (pronounced eeelana, like the e in email) at Wilson Café on Wednesday night. Ilana is the candidate perhaps best known for her extensive involvement in the college community, and she has also served as Treasurer and Press Secretary of the SGA. I wanted to start the interview with some silly, hotseat style questions– the first: how do you like to get away on campus when you have free time? Ilana answered with an honest truth about going for scenic drives during a difficult first semester. She explained how she sought solace in Middlebury’s natural beauty when she was first struggling to make meaningful connections. This initial admission set the tone for our conversation. Throughout the interview, Ilana was uniquely forthcoming about her time at Middlebury and passionate about her vision for the future.

MB: How do you see Middlebury as it is now?
IG: I think that at Middlebury we do a really good job of creating small communities that are dedicated to certain causes. For example, we form amazing groups organized around sustainability, or a sport, or a shared culture, but I think we sometimes struggle to rally around something that holds us all together as one Middlebury community.

MB: Have you identified any ways to foster that sense of community?
IG: I think it’s partially a cultural change that needs to happen, but I do think there are concrete things we can do to speed up that process. I just don’t think we have enough school spirit– and that’s not about sports, necessarily. That’s not the only way to have school spirit. Students rarely sit down and say “I just love Middlebury so much.” You really don’t hear that that often. But there is a lot to love here and there are some of the most amazing people at this school. This is genuinely why I’m so invested in ten o’clock proc. Yeah, food at night would be great for a bunch of reasons, but the reason I actually first came up with it is because I was trying to think of a way to bring all of us together at a time when you usually hear that “I’m so busy and I’m so stressed” talk and combat it with something happier. We’re obviously lacking a student center that is vibrant and exciting and bustling with students. At Middlebury, the dining hall seems to be where we come together and run into our friends and stay for second dinners. If we were able to bring students into the dining hall at night, we could at least provide the opportunity for all of us to engage in some meaningful conversation.

MB: Why should we vote for you for SGA president?
IG: I have the knowledge required to do the job well– which is to say that I already have relationships with administrators, I know how to get things done, I know the people you need to pass through, and I have institutional memory. I’ve been at every SGA meeting for the last two years and every community council meeting this year, but I haven’t had any voice or vote or literal seat at the table with all of the senators. So I have the knowledge required to work within the system, but I also have the sense of disillusion that many students have with the SGA. I have an insider/outsider perspective. I’ve been forced to sit in the back of the room and listen for the last two years and I’ve garnered all this knowledge, and I’ve seen things go well, and I’ve seen them go poorly. I just feel that I’m really well positioned to make a change. I think it’s important to note that all candidates bring something to the table at this point. But a fresh perspective doesn’t mean that you know how to change the system. It’s important to have that institutional memory and to know what’s been tried to make any sort of progress in just a year.

MB: What has been your role in the SGA thus far?
IG: I’ve been in the cabinet for the last two years, which sort of functions behind the scenes. Last year I was the press secretary, which means I took notes at every meeting. This gave me the opportunity to learn about the SGA as a sophomore. This year I’m the treasurer. I allocate the student activities fee, over one million dollars, to all the student organizations on campus with the rest of the Finance Committee. I’ve also been able to act on my own. After attending the social life forum this fall, I sensed the feeling that there weren’t enough spaces on campus to throw parties. I knew that there was a hold on the bunker (which used to be a popular student-run night club), because the college made a new rule that, in order to throw a party there, you had to hire security, which costs a thousand dollars per night. After the social life forum, I approached President Liebowitz as treasurer, but also as someone who was listening to others and wanted to act. He agreed to provide ten thousand dollars of his discretionary fund to cover parties in the bunker for the rest of the year. I sent out an email to the entire student body and within days there were over 20 responses from students who wanted to host a party. Now there’s going to be something in the bunker every weekend for the rest of the spring, and that’s awesome.

MB: How do you envision the SGA under your leadership?
IG: My leadership style is super different than Taylor’s and probably than the other candidates. I’m not a politician. I don’t want to go into politics. I don’t think that being a politician is required to be a good student government president. I want the SGA to be a place full of students who are committed to the Middlebury community and to making it better. Obviously, each individual has a different vision of what that means. The heart of it for me is a desire to facilitate a process where the SGA becomes a vehicle for changing our community. That’s really why I’m running. As I said, I think the one thing we really struggle with the most at Middlebury is trying to mobilize our entire community as a collective with active admiration for our little college in Vermont. And it really is a special place. So, while trying to come up with a platform, I really sought to include things that I thought could accomplish that.

TONIGHT: Workshop: “The Edge of Each Other’s Battles: Finding Oneself in Coalition”

Are you itching to start a movement or get involved with social justice?  Well, tonight there’s just the thing for you.  Led by Dr. Allison Kafer, this interactive workshop will encourage participants to reflect on activism and activist strategies.  Learn how to make people listen to what you find important and discuss what the goals of activism are.  What better time to have the workshop than before summer when you can put your activism into play!  Maybe, after going, you’ll even have a new perspective on the grafitti on campus (or have a few ideas you would like to share with the artist/vandal).

Date: April 27th
Time: 4:30 – 6
Place: Axinn 229
Cost: Nuthin’

 

Lecture TODAY: Responding to AIDS in Africa

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Today, Kim Yi Dionne, a Five College Assistant Professor of Government at Smith College, will be lecturing on the shortcomings of the global respond to AIDS in Africa. Professor Dionne studies identity, public opinion, political behavior, and policy aimed at improving the human condition. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science at UCLA and taught at Texas A&M University from 2010-2013. Professor Dionne was also a Fulbright Scholar in Malawi, where she conducted research on the political economy of HIV/AIDS interventions. Come on down to the RAJ today to learn more!

Date: April 27th
Time: 4:30
Place: RAJ conference room
Cost: Nope!