Colorado College News http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-rss-news.html Lindumuzi Jabu Ndlovu ('19) Pursues MFA in Social Documentary Filmmaking Tue, 27 Oct 2020 07:00:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/lindumuzi-jabu-ndlovu-19-pursues-mfa-in-social-documentary-filmmaking http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/lindumuzi-jabu-ndlovu-19-pursues-mfa-in-social-documentary-filmmaking <p>Feminist &amp; Gender Studies is proud to announce Lindumuzi Jabu Ndlovu (Film &amp; Media Studies major and Feminist &amp; Gender Studies minor '19) is pursuing an MFA in Social Documentary Filmmaking at the <a href="https://sva.edu/" target="_blank">School of Visual Arts</a> in New York City.</p> <p>During his studies, Jabu will continue working as Operations &amp; Development Coordinator for <a href="https://showofforce.com/" target="_blank">Show of Force</a>, a production house founded in 2006 by veteran film and television producers Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupre. Their work includes <em><a href="https://www.pbs.org/show/soundbreaking/" target="_blank">Soundbreaking</a></em>, produced in partnership with legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin for PBS (forthcoming); the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning <em><a href="https://rmwfilm.org/films/marina-abramovic-the-artist-is-present/" target="_blank">Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present</a></em>&nbsp;for HBO; <em><a href="https://anaveselic.com/PBS-Kehinde-Wiley-An-Economy-of-Grace" target="_blank">Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace</a></em>, which won the 2014 SXSW Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short; <em><a href="https://www.hbo.com/documentaries/mann-v-ford" target="_blank">Mann v. Ford</a></em>, a feature-length documentary for HBO; <em><a href="https://www.pbs.org/show/circus/" target="_blank">Circus</a></em>, a PBS series; and <em><a href="https://www.pbs.org/weta/carrier/full_episodes.htm" target="_blank">Carrier</a></em>, the Emmy Award-winning PBS series.&nbsp;Show of Force is currently in production on <em>Soundtracks: Songs That Made History</em>, in partnership with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Dany Garcia (Seven Bucks Productions) and a multi-platform initiative on the global refugee crisis.</p> <p>Congratulations, Jabu! We are so proud to know you!</p> NPR Examines CC’s Effort to Flush Out Coronavirus Through Testing Mon, 26 Oct 2020 12:15:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/npr-examines-cc-s-effort-to-flush-out-coronavirus-through-testing http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/npr-examines-cc-s-effort-to-flush-out-coronavirus-through-testing ]]> <p>Colorado College and Andrea Bruder, associate professor of mathematics, are featured prominently in an NPR story titled <a href="https://www.npr.org/2020/10/26/925831847/colleges-turn-to-wastewater-testing-in-an-effort-to-flush-out-the-coronavirus">&ldquo;Colleges Turn To Wastewater Testing In An Effort To Flush Out The Coronavirus&rdquo;</a> that aired Monday, Oct. 26.</p> <p>NPR reporter Elissa Nadworny visited Colorado College on Oct. 7 for the story, in which she discusses how wastewater monitoring by colleges and universities provides an early opportunity to catch the virus.</p> <p>Bruder, who also serves as associate dean of the faculty and chair of CC&rsquo;s COVID Science Advisory Group, is part of a team that twice a week collects wastewater from residence halls at CC in an effort to detect the Coronavirus. Wastewater testing can detect an infection days before respiratory symptoms show up, and even if they never show up at all in the case of asymptomatic individuals.</p> <p>As Nadworny notes, &ldquo;In her 11 years on campus, Bruder had no reason to know about the dorm sewage lines &mdash; much of her research focused on ladybugs and aphids on yucca plants. But like so many faculty and staff members at U.S. colleges, she's redirected her research to focus on COVID-19, using her expertise to keep the campus safe.&rdquo;</p> <p>CC added wastewater testing in mid-September to its comprehensive testing program, in an effort to help find COVID-19 cases before people become symptomatic.&nbsp;Researchers have found that spikes in the virus concentration in wastewater can be detected one to two weeks before spikes in the number of cases might occur.</p> <p>The sampling can be done in areas as specific as a certain wing or level of a single residence hall. The wastewater testing can&rsquo;t tell <em>who&nbsp;</em>is infected with the Coronavirus, but if&nbsp; the virus is detected in the wastewater,<span>&nbsp;</span>residents in that section of the building can be tested quickly, and those who receive positive test results can be isolated, preventing an outbreak.</p> <p>The CC pilot project includes South, Mathias, and Loomis halls, with additional buildings possibly being added in the future. Because wastewater COVID testing is a novel strategy, CC is partnering with El Paso County Public Health on developing guidance for the interpretation of test results and making methods and guidance available to other schools and organizations in the county.</p> Friday Feature: Persepolis Fri, 23 Oct 2020 18:02:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/friday-feature-persepolis http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/friday-feature-persepolis <p>Trigger Warning: Mental Health, Violence<br />Persepolis is a journey of self-discovery and growth. Marjane discovers herself as a child in Iran through a revolution and a war, with childlike innocence, and later unapologetic teenage angst and finally as a young woman in a foreign country. The film was packed with unexpected deadpan hilarity. I loved the black and white simplistic art when Marjane told her story. The film is in French, but subtitled in English (in parts it swallowed the entire screen, but otherwise pretty decent). Definitely worth watching!<br />(Cecelia Mweka)<br />Access information: For folks with a CC sign on, starting from the library home page, you can search Persepolis in OneSearch (the main search box) and the film should be one of your top results. You want the one with a location of "Electronic Resources" rather than the DVD (at circulation) or the book (in the garden level). Just click on Online Access, above the word location in the search results.&nbsp; Or, if you're already logged in to the library, you can probably go directly to https://video-alexanderstreet-com.coloradocollege.idm.oclc.org/watch/persepolis?context=channel:sony-pictures-classics to find the film.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />For those without CC access, you can learn more about this film and where you might stream it at https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/persepolis .</p> Spencer Spotts ('17) Joins ETR as Marketing Coordinator Thu, 22 Oct 2020 08:51:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/spencer-spotts-17-joins-etr-as-marketing-coordinator http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/spencer-spotts-17-joins-etr-as-marketing-coordinator <p>Feminist &amp; Gender Studies is proud to announce Spencer Spotts (Feminist &amp; Gender Studies '17) recently joined ETR as the Marketing Coordinator of their brand new Marketing &amp; Communications team.</p> <p>Driven by their mission to "improve health and increase opportunities for youth, families, and communities," <a href="https://www.etr.org/" target="_blank">ETR</a> "embraces the purposeful inclusion of all people as a means to honor and respect difference, and to elevate the strengths brought by diversity of experience, perspective, and expertise." Along these lines, their team of&nbsp;health educators, program developers, trainers, curriculum specialists, writers, editors, graphic artists, librarians, publication and distribution experts, technologists and social scientists focus primarily on HIV, sexual and reproductive health, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, school-based health and wellness, and equity and inclusion in STEM.</p> <p>As Marketing Coordinator, <a href="https://www.etr.org/about-us/our-staff/spencer-spotts/" target="_blank">Spencer</a> "creates and coordinates science-based, forward-thinking, inclusive marketing content for internal and external newsletters, blogs, and other platforms." Additionally, they "provide support across multiple agency initiatives and projects as well as contribute to the development, execution, and regular evaluation of ETR&rsquo;s marketing strategy."</p> <p>Congratulations, Spencer! We are so proud to know you!&nbsp;</p> The Hum Around Colorado College Campus: On-Campus Activity during the Pandemic Wed, 21 Oct 2020 14:00:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/the-hum-around-colorado-college-campus-on-campus-activity-during-the-pandemic http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/the-hum-around-colorado-college-campus-on-campus-activity-during-the-pandemic <p>By <strong>Molly Seaman &rsquo;21</strong></p> <p>Despite social distancing measures and limited campus access, Colorado College students and faculty members are still utilizing CC&rsquo;s campus as a meeting place for vital in-person learning and recreation.</p> <p>One of the most active areas on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic is Packard Hall, where students and faculty continue to meet in-person for music and performance instruction. Professor Susan Grace, associate chair, artist-in-residence and senior lecturer in music at CC, played an integral role in establishing the procedures for practice rooms in Packard. These procedures include washing hands before and after entering practice rooms, practicing alone, staying in only one practice during the reserved session, disinfecting anything touched during a practice session, leaving 15 minutes in-between each student&rsquo;s usage of a given practice room, and wearing a mask whenever outside of the practice room. An infographic containing information about new <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/music/images/Practice%20Room%20Procedures.pdf">guidelines regarding usage of Packard Hall during the pandemic</a> is available on the music department website.</p> <p>Professor Grace also teaches an in-person piano adjunct this semester.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s incredible to see my students in person. Even though we are separated by 10 feet and masked, it is so much easier to talk to them,&rdquo; she says.</p> <p>Her student, <strong>John Le &rsquo;24</strong>, noted how important in-person instruction can be for music students.</p> <p>&ldquo;The professor can give you great pointers in-person that wouldn&rsquo;t be able to be noticed on Zoom,&rdquo; he says.</p> <p>As a music professional, Grace remarked on the benefits of teaching her piano adjunct in person. The ability to perceive nuances in the sound qualities of her students&rsquo; playing requires more advanced audio technology than video chats can provide. However, Professor Grace also says that her experience with remote music instruction positively influenced her teaching style by drawing more of her attention toward the minor details in students&rsquo; body movement. Ultimately, Professor Grace is managing to blend remote and in-person instruction during the age of COVID-19 in order to encourage the continuation of music education during these unprecedented times.</p> <p>Grace has also encouraged music performance during the pandemic by requiring social distancing practices at in-person events and by making performances available online. She helped to orchestrate a socially distanced, outdoor &ldquo;Music at Midday&rdquo; performance in Fall 2020, and she works alongside other Department of Music faculty and staff members to organize online performances like &ldquo;<a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/calendar/details.html?EventID=43303&amp;booking=1&amp;title=Live%20from%20Packard%20Hall!%20CC%20Faculty%20Artists%20Concert%20Series:%20Broadway%20or%20Bust">Live From Packard Hall!</a><span>&rdquo;</span> and &ldquo;<a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/calendar/details.html?EventID=43361&amp;booking=1&amp;title=Bang%20on%20a%20Can">Bang on a Can</a>.&rdquo; For more information about Department of Music events happening soon, visit the <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/music/">Department of Music webpage</a>.</p> <p>Music isn&rsquo;t the only art that students can engage with recreationally on-campus during the pandemic. Bemis School of Art is hosting in-person classes, both for credit and for recreation. Brenda Houck, metals instructor, explains that the procedures are tedious but absolutely worth it: &ldquo;I can only have three students in the workshop at a time, so I&rsquo;ve been hosting three sessions throughout the day. There&rsquo;s effort before to clean, there&rsquo;s effort after to clean, there&rsquo;s effort during to clean. But it&rsquo;s so worth it to remind ourselves of space, to be able to have that human interaction along with actually being able to create something &mdash; to have something completed like earrings and rings and belt buckles and pins.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="https://artschool.csfineartscenter.org/">Bemis School of Art</a> is offering four in-person activities during the pandemic: block break classes like mosaics, drawing, and glassblowing; non-credit adjunct classes; studio sessions during which students can reserve classrooms supplied with materials in groups of less than three; and interactive in-person dormitory beautification projects. These classes are now much smaller in size and every material must be sanitized before a new person uses it, but it is possible for students to get creative at a studio on campus.</p> <p>Jeremiah Houck, assistant director of the Bemis School of Art, remarked that the process of sanitizing can be mindful: &ldquo;To hand someone a tool is not just to hand someone a tool. It&rsquo;s to slather my hands in hand sanitizer, find the tool, making sure it&rsquo;s sanitized, setting the tool down on a place that&rsquo;s been sanitized, and then allowing the other person to retrieve it. I think because all that extra action is required, there&rsquo;s a whole lot more thoughtfulness, intentionality.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="https://www.thepressatcoloradocollege.org/class-projects-1/">The Press at Colorado College</a> is available for students who have taken classes at The Press beforehand and who are familiar with the materials to use. There are a number of seniors working at thesis projects in-person at The Press, where special precautions are being taken to make printing safe, precautions similar to those at Bemis School of Art. Aaron Cohick, printer of The Press, has also created five portable, wooden presses that are available for students to rent out so they can print at home.</p> <iframe width="1920" height="1080" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xHV2YOOz6bw" style="padding-bottom:1rem;" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; " allowfullscreen></iframe> <p>CC is also hosting some classes on campus that are conducted entirely or partially in-person. <strong>Kate Lamkin &rsquo;24</strong> was able to take her first two blocks at CC when she enrolled in her First-Year Experience class, The Roads That Lead to Rome. Professors Owen Cramer (Block 1) and Richard Buxton (Block 2) held classes over Zoom for the first hour and in-person for the second. Lamkin says that one of the class&rsquo;s highlights was during Block 2, when they met outside in the labyrinth next to Shove Chapel to act out Aristophanes' play &ldquo;Clouds.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We used the props our teacher provided and spent almost two hours acting it out. This day was a great distraction from the chaos of a pandemic occurring around us, a temporary escape to laugh about Ancient Greek literature and forget that we were attending college during a pandemic. In-person experiences like these have positively affected my freshman experience because they make me look forward to when I can meet in-person with every class and classmate.&rdquo;</p> <p>Chemistry Professor Murphy Brasuel is teaching in-person labs during the pandemic. He taught class online in Blocks 7 and 8 of 2020, and he observed that &ldquo;there was more student stress during these blocks. It was very hard to help students mitigate that stress. I think an added challenge of our particular program is that our discipline is so sequenced. It really wasn&rsquo;t possible to cut back on the content because the next class depends on students knowing that content.</p> <p>&ldquo;A lot of the stuff we do is hard to replicate online, isn&rsquo;t perfectly replicated online, and so there is value to this model. There is a reason why we&rsquo;re in the system of a residential liberal arts college.&rdquo; Professor Brasuel acknowledges that teaching online did teach him more about how to enrich the class with technology, but he ultimately finds in-person learning necessary in the context of his field.</p> <p>In the Art Department, Professor Meghan Rubenstein, Paraprofessional Noah Smith, and 3D Shop Supervisor Christiana Palma have been working together to help Professor Rachel Paupeck&rsquo;s senior seminar students settle into their on-campus studios. Professor Rubenstein explained, &ldquo;This responsibility included setting up individual, socially distanced spaces in the two large classrooms in Packard Hall and the Mod Pod, our temporary 3D building on Nevada.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Early on, we met with students in person, over email, and on the phone to get a sense of what supplies and furniture they would need to get started. We moved in easels, tables, a screen printing set-up, a digital drawing tablet, chairs, and stools. We created small kits with items students normally share so they could each have at their disposal measuring tapes, drafting pencils, rulers, cutting mats, x-acto knives, etc. We also created a supply request form online so students could write to us with additional requests, such as hand tools, camera equipment, foam core, drawing paper, charcoal, and scrap wood. We've also ordered supplies and shipped them to students who are not on campus but still completing the senior seminar requirements. By acting as points of contact, our goal is to make it possible for students to work without too many interruptions and keep them safe by saving them trips to the store.&rdquo;</p> <p>This list of in-person learning and recreation happenings on Colorado College campus is not exhaustive. For more information on in-person classes, students can refer to Banner or contact the <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/registrar/">Registrar&rsquo;s Office</a>.</p> Colorado College Welcomes 10 New Faculty Members, Two Riley Scholars Wed, 21 Oct 2020 11:00:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/colorado-college-welcomes-10-new-faculty-members-two-riley-scholars http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/colorado-college-welcomes-10-new-faculty-members-two-riley-scholars <p>This fall, 10 new tenure-track faculty members and two Riley Scholars-in-Residence, including CC alumnus <strong>Juan Miquel </strong><strong>Arias &rsquo;12</strong>, joined Colorado College. In welcoming them, Acting Provost and Dean of Faculty Claire Garcia noted that &ldquo;their scholarly talents and commitment to teaching further enriches a strong and vibrant community of teacher-scholars and creative practitioners. The value of a liberal arts education has never been higher: we are preparing our students to ask tough questions of the world in which they live, and each of the new faculty members brings a unique perspective to the Colorado College community.&rdquo;</p> <p>Acknowledging the unprecedented circumstances under which they are joining the campus community, Garcia says, &ldquo;They are starting their careers here at a time of two entwined and profound crises:&nbsp; a public health crisis and a crisis of our democracy as it confronts unprecedented and sometimes violent challenges to basic rights of citizenship. They are teaching students who are developing intellectually and socially in highly stressful times. But I am fully confident that each of our new colleagues &mdash; with their strong records of innovative pedagogies and relevant scholarship &mdash; are ready to thrive professionally&nbsp;and continue CC&rsquo;s tradition of providing the best liberal arts education in the nation in an institution committed to antiracism in everything we do.&rdquo;</p> <p>The new faculty members and Riley Scholars are:</p> <p><strong>Aline Lo, English<br /></strong>Lo did most of her growing up along the Colorado Front Range and earned her M.A. and Ph. D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before going on to teach at Allegheny College for six years. Her work, broadly, is on immigration and contemporary North American literature and is driven by questions about citizenship, belonging, displacement, and colonialism. She teaches and has published on such authors as Edwidge Danticat, Louise Erdrich, Gwendolyn Brooks, Thi Bui, Mai Der Vang, and Luis Valdez. Lo is especially interested in Southeast Asian American literature and Critical Refugee Studies. <span>&nbsp;</span>She teaches courses on Asian American literature with an eye toward careful examinations of race, gender, class, and war and trauma. This Fall, she took part in the new First-Year Program, teaching a course called &ldquo;Writing out of the Wild.&rdquo; She currently is working on a book that finds beauty and strength in what has often been deemed as &ldquo;problematic&rdquo; about Southeast Asian Americans. Her next project is a study of Hmong American literature. She is excited to join the CC community and is looking forward to working with first-generation college students.</p> <p><strong>Arom Choi, Film and Media Studies<br /></strong>Choi graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 2018 with an MFA in film directing. She has extensive experience in writing, directing, and editing films. One of her works, &ldquo;<span>Knock Knock Knock</span>,&rdquo; was an official selection of the 2018 San Diego Asian Film Festival. Her work has been presented in venues in several countries, including the Gallery Luminaire in Seoul, Korea. Before arriving at Colorado College, she&nbsp;assisted directors Deborah LaVine and Josephine Decker who were teaching acting classes. Choi&rsquo;s 2020-21 courses include Advanced Filmmaking, Storytelling Through Sound, and a senior thesis course.</p> <p><strong>Cayce Hughes, Sociology<br /></strong>Hughes joins CC after holding a post-doctoral appointment at Rice University. <span>&nbsp;</span>He defended his dissertation at the University of Chicago in 2017. His most recent article, &ldquo;<span>A House But Not a Home</span>,&rdquo; was published in the magazine <em>Social Forces</em>, and delves into how surveillance in subsidized housing exacerbates poverty and reinforces marginalization. Hughes also is a recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, which supports his project that studies how low-income households work to maintain food security before and during the pandemic. He will be teaching courses in Urban Sociology, Deviance and Social Control, as well as Poverty and Social Welfare.</p> <p><strong>Chantal Figueroa, Sociology<br /></strong>Figueroa, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, holds a tenure-track appointment in the Sociology Department after teaching popular courses in public health and global health issues in many CC departments and programs as a visitor.<span>&nbsp; </span>Multilingual, she has been doing research on cross-cultural mental health issues. A strong proponent of student-faculty research, Figueroa has presented with her students at several public forums on mental and public health concerns. She will be teaching Gender Inequality, Global Health: Biosocial Perspectives, and Global Mental Health Policy.</p> <p><strong>Donald Clayton, Chemistry</strong> <strong>and Biochemistry<br /></strong>Clayton earned his Ph.D. in chemistry in 2017 at the University of Oregon. He comes to CC from the University of Washington. Clayton&rsquo;s research interests include a focus on the electrical and chemical properties of solid-state materials, which is interdisciplinary in approach and involves students in chemistry, physics, and environmental studies. He will be teaching General Chemistry, Chemistry Research, the Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry, and Advanced Inorganic Chemistry.</p> <p><strong>John Marquez, History<br /></strong>Marquez received his Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2019. Before coming to CC, he was a Chancellor&rsquo;s Advance Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Irvine (2019-20). His research focuses on the history of slavery, race, law, and empire, with a particular focus on Brazil in the 18th century. Currently, he is working on a book manuscript that explores the entangled histories of freedom, law, and the colonial archive in the South Atlantic world. He recently was awarded an Omohundro Institute-National Endowment for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship to support the completion and publication of this book. His article, &ldquo;Witnesses to Freedom: Paula&rsquo;s Enslavement, Her Family&rsquo;s Freedom Suit, and the Making of a Counterarchive in the South Atlantic World,&rdquo; will be published in 2021 in the Hispanic American Historical Review. At Colorado College, he teaches on various aspects of Latin American and Caribbean history, emphasizing their transnational and global dimensions. This year, he will co-teach the History Department&rsquo;s junior seminar, and offer courses on revolts and uprisings, Brazil, and global Latin America.</p> <p><strong>Liliana Carrizo, Music<br /></strong>Carrizo is an ethnomusicologist whose work focuses broadly on music and migration across numerous transregional contexts. She received her Ph. D. and MM in ethnomusicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and holds a BA in music from Williams College. She joins Colorado College after completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the humanities at Harvard University, while also serving as a faculty affiliate at the Immigration Initiative at Harvard (IIH). Her current book project examines biographical songs of migration and cultural exile among Iraqi Jews. Based on two and half years of ethnographic and archival research, her work considers how interreligious soundscapes associated with Arab, Jewish, and Muslim modal practices converge with biographical, edible, and sonic memories among Iraqi immigrants, wherein singers access powerful, multi-sensorial memories that are crucial to their self-conceptions in the present day. Inspired by her background as a child of Iraqi immigrants raised in northern New Mexico, Carrizo&rsquo;s next research project will focus on the music of Arab and Jewish immigrants within the wider regional fabric of the American Southwest. This year Carrizo will teach a range of courses in ethnomusicology, including Music, the Supernatural, and Otherworldly Realms, Musical Lives of Song and Migration, Musical Tapestries of the American Southwest, and Worlds of Musical Meaning. Her courses incorporate performative and experiential learning modules with ethnographic methodology, where students learn to reflect on the nature of power, social hierarchy, and sociocultural meaning as embodied and transformed through music and sound.</p> <p><strong>Lisa Marie Rollins, Theatre and Dance<br /></strong>Rollins comes to CC after many years as an accomplished theater professional. She is a freelance director, writer, and new play developer, and a Sundance Institute Theatre Lab Fellow (directing) and a Directors Lab West and Stage Directors and Choreographers member.<span>&nbsp; </span>Directing and dramaturg work include New York Stage and Film, Hedgebrook Women&rsquo;s Play Festival, Crowded Fire Theater, American Conservatory Theatre MFA program (ACT), TheatreWorks (CO), Playwright Foundation, TheatreFirst, Berkeley Repertory Theater (Ground Floor), Shotgun Players, Custom Made Theatre, Magic Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, Arizona Repertory Theatre, and new plays by Lauren Gunderson, Geetha Reddy, Idris Goodwin, Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, and creative collaborations with comedic artists W. Kamau Bell and Zahra Noorbakash.<span>&nbsp; </span>She has been a writing fellow with Hedgebrook, Djerassi, SF Writers Grotto, CALLALOO London, VONA, Just Theater Play Lab and Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency. Rollins currently is developing her new play &ldquo;Love is Another Country.&rdquo; <span>&nbsp;</span>She holds graduate degrees from Claremont Graduate University and University of California, Berkeley. Her chapbook of poems, &ldquo;Other Words for Grief&rdquo; (2018, winner, Mary Tanenbaum Literary Award) is available from Finishing Line Press and she is beginning the book proposal for her memoir project. She was honored with a &ldquo;Bay Brilliant&rdquo; artist award from San Francisco&rsquo;s KQED and recently received a Wallace Alexander Gerbode Special Award in the Arts in which she will be working with Crowded Fire Theater to write and develop a new commission. She currently is the artistic associate/literary manager with Intiman Theater in Seattle, a Community Arts Fund juror for Zellerbach Family Foundation, and a resident artist with Crowded Fire Theater in San Francisco. She taught Black Women in the United States and Diasporic Theatrical Performance in Block 2, directing a live, streaming digital experiment with Susan Lori-Parks 365 Plays/365 Days in Blocks 3 and 4, and hopes to teach Acting and Directing in person in Blocks 5 and 7.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Nene Diop, French<br /></strong>Diop graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in French and Francophone Studies. She holds a License es Lettres and a Master&rsquo;s degree in Linguistics from the Universit&eacute; Gaston Berger in St. Louis (S&eacute;n&eacute;gal). Diop came to Colorado College as a block visitor in 2012 and became a lecturer in 2018. Her research interests include 20th-century French/Francophone literature and cultures, women&rsquo;s writings in Francophone West African literature, and Senegalese literary works. She published her first book, &ldquo;<span>Combat Socio-Politique et Repr&eacute;sentation: Le droit de la Femme en Question dans le Roman S&eacute;n&eacute;galais</span>&rdquo; in 2020 and her article &ldquo;L'humour dans Les nouveaux contes d'Amadou Koumba de Birago Diop et La belle histoire de Leuk-le-li&egrave;vre de L&eacute;opold S. Senghor et Abdoulaye Sadji&rdquo; is under review by the journal <em>Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures</em>. She teaches French/Francophone Literature, Language and Cultures. She also teaches in the CC Summer Culture and Language Study program in S&eacute;n&eacute;gal.</p> <p><strong>Sofia Fenner, Political Science<br /></strong>Fenner is a scholar of regimes and opposition in Southwest Asia and North Africa. She holds a Ph. D. in political science from the University of Chicago (2016), where she focused on both comparative politics and political theory. Her current book project, &ldquo;<span>Life after Co-optation,</span>&rdquo; explores how two North African political parties (the Wafd in Egypt and the Istiqlal in Morocco) were damaged by authoritarian co-optation but nevertheless managed to survive. Drawing on the histories of these two parties, she finds that co-optation has much more to do with discourse and much less to do with material transactions than dominant theories claim. This year, Fenner is teaching courses on Syria, Middle East Politics, and authoritarianism that emphasize local voices, the politics of storytelling, and the importance of context and history.</p> <p>CC also welcomes two new Riley Scholars this year. They join returning Riley Scholars Solomon Seyum in the Geology Department and Ryan Buyco in Asian Studies. The new Riley Scholars are:</p> <p><strong>Ahmad Alswaid, Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies<br /></strong>Alswaid graduated from Cornell University in 2020 with a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. Prior to obtaining his doctorate, Alswaid taught at Marshall College in Pennsylvania, Portland State University in Oregon, and Tishreen University in Syria. He currently is finishing an Arabic language textbook co-authored with Dr. Munther Younes of Cornell University based on Tayeb Salih&rsquo;s novel &ldquo;<span>Season of Migration to the North</span>.&rdquo; Alswaid will be teaching Elementary Arabic, Intermediate Arabic, and a review of these courses for students who have already taken them.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Juan Miguel Arias &rsquo;12, Education<br /></strong>Arias <span>&nbsp;</span>(he/&eacute;l) teaches in and co-facilitates Colorado College&rsquo;s Teaching and Research in Environmental Education (TREE) program; this year he is teaching Foundations of Environmental Education and Educational Psychology for the Education Department's undergraduate program, as well as Teacher and Teaching Identities for CC's Master of Arts in Teaching program. As a critically-minded and interdisciplinary education scholar, who graduated from CC with a degree in neuroscience, Arias uses insights from developmental and educational psychology to explore questions of environmental and social justice. Specifically, his research examines what culturally-responsive teaching practices look like when enacted in environmental/outdoor education settings, and how such practices in turn influence those environmental spaces. He received his Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University and his master&rsquo;s degree in developmental psychology from the University of St Andrews.</p> CC to Bring More Students to Campus Spring Semester Tue, 20 Oct 2020 14:15:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-to-bring-more-students-to-campus-spring-semester http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-to-bring-more-students-to-campus-spring-semester <p>Colorado College is making plans to responsibly bring as many students as possible to live on or near campus for the Spring Semester, thus allowing students to experience a full, distinctive CC liberal arts education. The college has been modeling density, capacity, testing capabilities, and processes to develop a plan that allows CC to house more students on campus.</p> <p>Approximately 700 students currently are on campus and taking in-person, hybrid, flex, and remote classes. CC&rsquo;s leadership team, Scientific Advisory Group, and COVID response teams, working with public health partners and national medical experts, have determined that through the college&rsquo;s efforts at &ldquo;de-densifying&rdquo; the campus, the college can allow an additional 500 students to return to campus for the Spring Semester.</p> <p>The college is serving most of its students locally, with access to college services and facilities. The majority of CC students are living on campus, with a few hundred living off-campus in the Colorado Springs area, and some living elsewhere taking classes remotely. To &ldquo;de-densify&rdquo; the residence halls, the college is carefully spacing rooms to maintain low density. Additionally, the college continues to advance its rigorous and successful testing upon arrival, randomized testing, and response protocols, creating pods/cohorts, and adding wastewater testing and other measures to quickly identify, pinpoint, and isolate cases of the virus.</p> <p><strong>Starting in January:</strong></p> <ul> <li>All students currently living on campus may remain on campus.</li> <li>In addition, the following groups of students may live on campus:</li> </ul> <ul> <ul> <li>Seniors who have housing assignments</li> <li>First-year students who were sent home at the end of Block 1</li> <li>First-year and new transfer students who chose to take classes remotely this fall</li> <li>New winter-start students</li> <li>New transfer students</li> <li>New Fall Semester-away students</li> <li>Any remaining NCAA student-athletes not already on or near campus</li> <li>International students (starting with Block 5)</li> </ul> </ul> <p>The college&rsquo;s intent is to allow seniors to finish their last year at CC, and allow new students and international students to become better established in their first year. Students in the above groups, as well as those living off campus who need to access campus facilities, will be part of arrival and randomized testing pools.</p> <p>Students already on campus include:</p> <ul> <li>Students enrolled in an in-person class, a hybrid class that fulfills the lab general education requirement, or Senior Studio Seminar</li> <li>Students experiencing hardship</li> <li>International students already on campus</li> <li><span> </span><a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/bridgescholarsprogram/"><span>Bridge Scholars</span></a></li> <li><span>Some NCAA student-athletes</span></li> </ul> <p>In June Colorado College planned to bring students to campus in phases, with the intention of having all students on campus by Block 2. However, after a few cases of COVID-19 led to the quarantine of entire residence halls, CC followed scientific and medical advice to &ldquo;de-densify&rdquo; campus, sending some students home.</p> <p>This fall, even though campus looks different, with some classes in tents, students meeting masked and distantly in small groups, and without the usual large groups of students moving to classes or meals, CC is still busy and engaged. Students and faculty are deeply rooted in their classes, whether in person or delivered remotely. Student organizations and activities continue, via virtual meetings, spaced safely on the quad, or by appointment at the fitness center. The campus community continues to surprise and amaze, with creative and safe approaches to activities and civic engagement. More information on CC's <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/coronavirus/academic_year.html">Spring Semester plans</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Casey Schuller Jordan ('16) Earns Ed.M. and Joins College of the Atlantic Sun, 18 Oct 2020 10:50:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/casey-schuller-jordan-16-earns-ed-m-and-joins-college-of-the-atlantic http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/casey-schuller-jordan-16-earns-ed-m-and-joins-college-of-the-atlantic <p>Feminist &amp; Gender Studies is proud to announce <a href="https://www.coa.edu/live/profiles/4128-casey-schuller-jordan/templates/details/staff.php" target="_blank">Casey Schuller Jordan</a> (Sociology major and Feminist &amp; Gender Studies minor '16) recently earned an Ed.M. in Higher Education and Higher Education Administration from the <a href="https://www.gse.harvard.edu/" target="_blank">Harvard University Graduate School of Education</a> and joined the <a href="https://coa.edu/" target="_blank">College of the Atlantic</a>&nbsp;in Bar Harbor, ME as an Admissions Counselor for&nbsp;Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, the Mid-Atlantic, the Midwest, and the Southwest.</p> <p>Since graduating from Colorado College, Casey has also worked as&nbsp;Assistant Dorm Head for the High School Boarding Program, Middle School Office Coordinator and Admission Visit Manager, and Volleyball Coach&nbsp;at <a href="https://www.athenian.org/" target="_blank">The Athenian School</a>&nbsp;in Danville, CA;&nbsp;Events Coordinator and Office Coordinator at <a href="https://www.campbeechcliff.org/" target="_blank">Camp Beech Cliff</a> in Mount Desert, ME; and&nbsp;and Graduate Student Intern in the Office of Global Services at <a href="https://www.northeastern.edu/" target="_blank">Northeastern University</a>.</p> <p>Since 2013, she has also served as a founding member and member of the Board of Directors for the <a href="http://www.rumphiusfoundation.org/" target="_blank">Rumphius Foundation</a>, which seeks to "educate young people about sustainability and healthy living."</p> <p>Last, but certainly not least, Casey happily married her partner Finn Jordan on August 1.</p> <p>Congratulations, Casey! We are so proud to know you!</p> Friday Feature: Catching Sight of Thelma and Louise on Docuseek Fri, 16 Oct 2020 17:42:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/friday-feature-catching-sight-of-thelma-and-louise-on-docuseek http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/friday-feature-catching-sight-of-thelma-and-louise-on-docuseek <p>Catching Sight of Thelma and Louise<br /><br />Catching Sight of Thelma and Louise is a documentary on Docuseek that explores the reactions of people who watched the movie Thelma and Louise, and how these impacts have either changed or remained the same over time. Most of the people who responded to Jennifer Townsend's request for impressions on the movie were women, and the power the film held for them 25 years ago has remained steady. It's really interesting to hear the similarities in feelings towards this movie across women of different backgrounds, and then to further see how different men's opinions fit into the mix. I found the documentary grimly informative in the acknowledgement that not much has changed about the reality of the rape culture that was prominent in the film.<br />(Inez Olivas)<br /><br />Access information: Try our new documentary streaming service Docuseek! This documentary is available only to those with a CC single-sign-on account. First, log in to your library account on the <a href="../../../library">Tutt home page</a>. Search for Catching sight Thelma Louise, then follow the viewing link.<br />Or, if you're already logged in, you may be able to go directly to the film <a href="https://docuseek2-com.coloradocollege.idm.oclc.org/cart/product/2345">on Docuseek</a>. <br />Don't hesitate to reach out to us here or via email, if you have any trouble!<br /><br /></p> <p>And if you've been enjoying these Friday features, you can see a plethora of similar posts on the library's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/tuttlibrary">Facebook page</a>.</p> Michael Sawyer Hosts Symposium on Racial Justice During COVID-19 Fri, 16 Oct 2020 11:30:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/michael-sawyer-hosts-symposium-on-racial-justice-during-covid-19 http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/michael-sawyer-hosts-symposium-on-racial-justice-during-covid-19 <p>Colorado College Assistant Professor of <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/raceethnicitymigration/">Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies</a>&nbsp; Michael E. Sawyer is sponsoring a two-day virtual symposium <span>Friday-Saturday, Oct. 23-24, </span>titled &ldquo;Racial Justice in the Age of the Plague.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Difficult times reveal the foundational instability of political systems,&rdquo; says Sawyer, who also teaches in CC&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/english/">English Department</a>&nbsp; and is director of the college&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/africana-intellectual-project-explores-art-intellect-culture#.X4nfDy9h0nX">Africana Intellectual Project</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;The global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus Covid-19 has sent seismic tremors through the world system and brought its toxic relationship to race to the forefront of our collective consciousness &mdash; while also manifestly bringing into crisis the idea that &lsquo;we&rsquo; (abstract, unmarked, unremarked) share or can share such a collective consciousness: that &lsquo;we&rsquo; share the experience of illness, of daily violence, of representation or representability,&rdquo; he says.</p> <p>The two-day symposium features more than 20 scholars and experts who will discuss political concepts as a forum for conversation and constructive debate rather than the construction of an encyclopedic ideal. <a href="http://www.politicalconcepts.org/Conferences/">See complete information.</a></p> <p>The webinar is free and open to the public. Register in advance at: &nbsp;<a href="https://coloradocollege.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_C9yZrTnuQqu65G3eYGm8Xg">https://coloradocollege.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_C9yZrTnuQqu65G3eYGm8Xg</a></p> <p><strong>Schedule:</strong> (Note: all times are Eastern Time)<br /><br /><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">F<strong>riday, Oct. 23</strong></span><br />12 p.m. &ndash; 12:15 p.m.&nbsp;Opening remarks</strong><br /><br /><strong>12:30 p.m. &ndash; 1:45 p.m. Panel 1</strong><br />Chair: Jay Bernstein&nbsp;(Philosophy, New School for Social Research)<br />Kathryn Sophia Belle&nbsp;(Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University) &ndash; Care<br />Michael C. Dawson&nbsp;(Political Science, University of Chicago) &ndash; Racial Capitalism</p> <p><strong>2 p.m. &ndash; 3:15</strong><strong>&nbsp;<strong>p.m. Panel 2</strong></strong><br />Chair: Ann Stoler&nbsp;(Anthropology and History, New School for Social Research)<br />Barrymore Anthony Bogues&nbsp;(Africana Studies, Brown University) &ndash; Abolition<br />Andr&eacute;s F. Henao Castro&nbsp;(Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Boston) &ndash; Necropolitics</p> <p><strong>3:30 p.m. &ndash; 4:45 p.m. Panel 3</strong><br />Chair: Emily Apter&nbsp;(French and Comparative Literature, New York University)<br />Joy James&nbsp;(Humanities, Williams College) &ndash; Captive Maternal<br />Tommy Curry&nbsp;(School of Philosophy and Language Studies, University of Edinburgh) &ndash; Black Men<br /><strong><br />5 p.m. &ndash; 5:15 p.m. Closing remarks</strong></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Saturday, Oct. 24</span></strong><br /><strong>12 p.m. &ndash; 12:15 p.m.&nbsp;Opening remarks</strong></p> <p><strong>12:30 p.m. &ndash; 1:45 p.m. Panel 4</strong><br />Chair: Achille Mbembe&nbsp;(Philosophy, University of Witswaterand/Duke University)<br />R.A. Judy&nbsp;(Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Pittsburgh) &ndash; Riot<br />Selamawit Terrefe&nbsp;(English, Tulane University) &ndash; Psycho-politicsz</p> <p><strong>2 p.m. &ndash; 3:15 p.m. Panel 5</strong><strong><br /></strong>Chair: Jacques Lezra&nbsp;(Hispanic Studies, University of California, Riverside)<br />Zakiyyah Iman Jackson&nbsp;(English, University of Southern California) &ndash; Body<br />Michael E. Sawyer&nbsp;(Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies, and English, Colorado College) &ndash; Gravity</p> <p><strong>3:30 p.m. &ndash; 4:45 p.m. Panel 6</strong><strong><br /></strong>Chair: Akeel Bilgrami<strong>&nbsp;</strong>(Philosophy, Columbia University)<br />Barnor Hesse&nbsp;(African-American Studies, Northwestern University) &ndash; Racism<br />Janine Jones&nbsp;(Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Greensboro) &ndash; Dreadlocked Logics of Impossibility</p> <p><strong>5 p.m. &ndash; 6 p.m. Closing discussion</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>