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AVH Recipient Sonia Chiamaka Okorie research on malaria prevention. Sonia Chiamaka Okorie traveled to Ghana on an Amanda V. Houston Traveling Fellowship to conduct a research project on malaria prevention as a volunteer with the Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI), a non-governmental organization. As a GHEI field coordinator, she worked with other volunteers and local community health workers on comprehensive surveys that gauged the success of past malaria interventions and identified opportunities for new interventions. Read the BC Chronicle's article and Chiamaka's blog post about her experience in Ghana.

Theology Professor and AADS Core Faculty, Prof. M. Shawn Copeland won a first place Catholic Press Award in the category of Best Essay Originating With a Magazine or Newsletter: National General Interest Magazine. She was recognized for her piece "Revisiting Racism" for America Magazine.

Professor C. Shawn McGuffey on the Darfurian genocide. Professor C. Shawn McGuffey attended an international conference in Tanzania to discuss Darfurian refugees with African regionally-based experts, policy makers, human rights practitioners, and representatives from the Hague (International Criminal Court). Prof. McGuffey's past research helped inform the ways in which the Darfurian genocide is being handled at the International Criminal Court. His article with the International Justice Project explores attitudes in South Africa after Sudanese President Bashir was allowed to leave the country.

Boston College Libraries features Prof. Rhonda Frederick’s article, "Making Jamaican Love: Colin Channer's Waiting in Vain and Romance-ified Diaspora Identities."

Professor Jean Charles' recent publication, Conflict Bodies: The Politics of Rape Representation in the Francophone Imaginary was featured by the Boston College Libraries. Watch the full interview.

Professor Cynthia Young’s article entitled “Black Ops: Black Masculinity and the War on Terror” was published in the American Quarterly.

Prof. Young's invited talk at American University of Beirut's Center for American Studies and Research
Dr. Cynthia Young, Associate Professor of English and African American Studies, has been invited to present at American University to discuss her paper entitled "Arab Americans: The New Black."Professor Young's presentation considers the history of Arab American racialization before and after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. To find out more information, www.aub.edu.

Professor Martin Prof. Summers named National Humanities Center Fellow
This April, AADS History Professor Martin Summers was named as a fellow at the National Humanities Center. The national Humanities Fellowship is awarded to individuals looking to pursue research projects in the Humanities field. Congratulations!

AADS Professors Promoted
Congratulations to AADS core faculty member M. Shawn Copeland for being promoted to full professor in the Theology Department and to AADS affiliate Professor Kalpana Seshadri for being promoted to full professor in the English Department.

New AADS Assistant Director is Named
Richard Paul, former Graduate Assistant and Program Specialist at AADS has been named the new Assistant Director of AADS.

AVH 2012 recipient Philip McHarris is this year's MLK recipient
A Bronx, NY, native and long-time New Jersey resident, McHarris was one of five candidates for the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship, which recognizes a Boston College junior who embodies King’s philosophy in their life and work. Full article.

Brown Missteps in Way He Questions Warren on Heritage
Professor C. Shawn McGuffey, of the African and African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) and Sociology Department had an editorial published in the Boston Globe. In this article, McGuffey discusses Senator Scott Brown’s assertion that Warren “clearly is not” an American Indian. Full article.

Novelist and Playwright Earl Lovelace Presents at Boston College
This past March the acclaimed Trinidadian novelist Earl Lovelace read from his new novel "Is Just A Movie", a warm, gentle novel about small moments of magic in ordinary life. Boston College's Front Row video of Lovelace's reading

Peace Medie receives award for the African Politics Conference Group Best Graduate Student Paper 2010-2011
Peace A. Medie is a Ph.D. Candidate in Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include gender and security, postconflict state-building, and civilian protection. Her dissertation addresses the variation in police officers responses to violent crimes against women in Liberia. This project is based on field research conducted in Liberia.To read more, Peace A. Medie.

Prof. Rhonda Frederick's article in Eric Walrond: the Critical Heritage
Prof. Rhonda Frederick's article "Genre, Gender and Eric Walrond's Equivocal Transnational Vision," is currently featured in Eric Walrond: the Critical Heritage, edited by Louis J. Parascandola and Carl A. Wade. Rhonda Frederick is a Professor of English and Director of African & African Diaspora Studies Program at Boston College. The Critical Heritage.

AADS Minors Named Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Finalists
This February, AADS Minors Steven Jefferson and Phillip McHarris were chosen as finalist for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship. The 31st Annual Scholarship Ceremony occurred on February 4, 2013. In addition to being an AADS minor, Steven Jefferson, Honors Sociology '14, is also a McNair Scholar, Black History Month Committee member, and Multi-cultural Christian Fellowship Worship Leader. Phillip McHarris,Sociology and English '14, was named this year's scholarship recipient. McHarris is a former Amanda V. Houston and McGillycuddy-Logue Travel Grants recipient, Young People for an American Way Fellowship awardee, and current co-president of United Front.

Career Center’s RealJobs Blog series
Two former AADS minors are blogging this week for the Career Center’s RealJobs Blog series. The series gives students a day to day view of the workplace and our alumni do a great job of making the case for a strong liberal arts education. RealJobs Blog Series.

Boston College Theologian M. Shawn Copeland Honored with Seton Medal
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology M. Shawn Copeland has been awarded the St. Elizabeth Seton Medal, established in 1966 by the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, OH, to recognize distinguished women in theology. The medal was presented to Copeland at an Oct. 12 event at the College of Mount St. Joseph, where Copeland delivered an address titled "To Be the Body of Christ."

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