Making a Splash this Fall

August 27, 2019

Our partners are keeping up their momentum throughout the summer. This fall, they’re planning on making an even bigger splash for social justice.

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Suzan Shown Harjo (CC ‘16) made the most of her summer. She wrote about the food that fuels activism for the latest edition of New Mexico’s Cultural Department’s and Museums’ magazine, El Palacio (which also included two of her poems). First American Arts Magazine also interviewed Suzan for its summer edition. In September, Suzan will be recognized for lifetime achievement by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. In anticipation of the symposium where Suzan will be honored, the museum’s magazine published a profile of Suzan and her family. The event, “A Promise Kept: The Inspiring Life and Works of Suzan Shown Harjo,” coincides with the museum’s anniversary and will be webcast.  

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Beka Economopoulos (CC ‘16) and Jason Jones (CC ‘16) are building their team at The Natural History Museum. Their project is transforming museums and science education institutions into civic resources for environmental justice. To do this, they’ve hired directors of community engagement, education and narrative change, each with extensive experience working for indigenous and/or environmental justice. Also, their latest exhibition and immersive, multi-channel film Whale People: Protectors of the Sea, created with community leaders and traditional carvers from Lummi Nation, finished a five-month run at the Florida Museum of Natural History. In this video Dale Johnson from the museum talks about the impact of the exhibition on 100,000 people who came through to see it. The exhibition toured museums along the West Coast in June.

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Sephora, the multinational chain of personal care and beauty stores, recently signed April Reign (CC ‘17) as the company’s Equity Advisor. In this role, April will provide advice on a national analysis that Sephora is commissioning on racial bias in retail settings. She will both help shape the questions to be asked in that study, and shape the resulting recommendations.

Modern Healthcare quoted Marisa Limon Garza (CI ‘19) about the Trump administration ending limits for government detention of immigrants. Marisa told the publication, "In many ways migration flows are big business. The Flores settlement agreement was really designed to protect children. Unfortunately the changes the administration is putting forth will radically change what is being provided for these most vulnerable members of society." Read the entire article here.

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The Norman Lear Center at the University of California recently released their report, Are You What You Watch?, that tracks the political divide through television preferences. Johanna Blakley, the center’s managing director,  wrote for The Conversation about five TV shows that bring everyone together and, with WashingTECH podcast, discussed the role of fictional television in political belief formation. At the end of July, Annenberg’s Hollywood, Health & Society project held a panel discussion with Hollywood writers and health professionals called “Addiction & Mental Health: Breaking the Stigma.” Watch video of the panel here.