Recognizing Pioneering Projects

April 23, 2019

As our partners continue to create innovative and important work, many are receiving recognition from the likes of Time Magazine, the Smithsonian and the Fulbright Program.

Lina Srivastava (CC ‘16, ‘18) will be participating in a Fulbright Specialist project next month at London South Bank University’s Centre for Research in Digital Storytelling. The project will address narratives on migration and media representation of race/immigration.

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dream hampton (CC ‘13, 116) and Indya Moore, members of our Creative Change network, were listed in Time Magazine’s Time100 list of most influential people in the past year. For the edition, Tarana Burke writes, “At her core, dream hampton is a community organizer from Detroit alerting us all to a crisis and that we have a role in solving it.”  Janet Mock describes Indya as “the living embodiment of our wildest dreams finally coming true.”

Suzan Shown Harjo (CC ‘16) will be recognized for a lifetime of achievement at a symposium co-hosted by the Smithsonian’s National

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Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and the Institute of American Indian Arts’ Museum of Contemporary Arts on September 20. “Harjo’s legacy of activism and artistic accomplishment has long inspired American Indian peoples and influenced U.S. policies about Native sovereignty and culture,” writes the Smithsonian.

Topeka Sam (CI ‘18) moderated a “women’s panel” session at the New Jersey Reentry Corporation’s annual conference, which was covered in NJ Spoltight. “The prison system strips you of all your dignity,” said Sam.

Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno (CI ‘18), executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, was quoted by the Washington Post this month about the on-going law enforcement against the use and sale of marijuana in many parts of the country.  “While drug war proponents often say they’re going after kingpins, the reality is that the police nearly always goes after the lowest-hanging fruit: people who use drugs — especially marijuana, which is easy to find — or bit players in the drug trade,” she said.

Last month, Joan Blades (CC ‘11) and John Gable (a conservative partner and friend) talked about “Celebrating political diversity” at the Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco. This conference addresses how to “not only live connected to one another through technology, but to do so in ways that are beneficial to our own well-being, effective in our work, and useful to the world.”

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As part of a two-person show, “Data Memories,” Dan S. Wang (CC ‘12) is exhibiting a suite of 19 drawings about economic history, specifically the 1973 financial crisis and 2008 sub-prime mortgage crisis. The show runs through May 18 at Pilot+Projects in Philadelphia. Along with artist Siebren Versteeg, their works “engage and question authority, media, and the role of social platforms in the personal and public consumption of ideological material, asking how can we reclaim our subjectivity in these complex networks.”