Dearest Community!

Hello from afar! We hope you are safe and well, adjusting to the new world of social distancing, or as I’m calling it: distant socializing. In that spirit, we want to hear and see how your days are unfolding and being shaped in and by this global occurrence. This blog will have an ongoing project, the Quarantine Chronicles, where we will archive photos and short reflections or poems about your experience. We want to see where you’re having remote classes, or taking your daily outside time, hear about who you’re living with and how your relationships are affected and how you’re consuming media that makes your happy. Or not. We want to hear about small wins, see any stress baking/cooking, and of course keep a list of book/podcast/binge recommendations. You can message us on any of the social medias, or email us at humsoc@mmm.edu

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We are sending all manner of positive vibes, and want to say how proud we are of the students and faculty that are continuing to learn and grow as a community, even while adjusting to new systems and routines. New normals. Be well, stay safe, and be kind.

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Students in EWL 112: World Literature in Context produced creative projects in response to the novel The Lost Child by Caryl Phillips. The New York Times review describes the novel as “a riff on Wuthering Heights”, and themes include immigration and colonialism, family and patriarchy. The projects challenged students to go beyond a traditional written response. Check out the amazing and thought provoking responses below!

In addition to the visual responses there was also an audio response entitled Deliverence, by Jacob Rizzi. Listen below!

Cheers to final projects that think outside the box! Thanks for reading, Merry Everything & Happy Always, and be kind during any and all end of year/holiday shenanigans.

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In today’s tech obsessed fast paced world, what counts as political action? Senior Allie McInerney has built a site she hopes will inspire and encourage folks to send more tactile feedback, which she says stands out from online complaints. “I built the site more out of frustration than hope”, she says. The site, found here, allows constituents to enter in their address and send mail to their senate reps. Allie, who worked for Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill before transferring to MMC, says that actual mail has great weight on Capital Hill (#nopunintended). “Phone calls can go unanswered and unrecorded, but every piece of mail gets scanned and entered into a database [called VOICE], which they have to look at an engage with.” This outdated process is, Allie says, the best way for folks to be heard by their reps.

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Here’s how her site works:

The homepage allows you to pick which side of the impeachment debate you’re on. You can send mail directly to the White House, or (as shows in the above screen shots) you can enter your address and send mail to your Senators. Once you’ve selected where the postcards will go, a pre-written message appears. You can edit that message, or sign and send. Each card costs $1 #affordable, and Allie plans to send 50% of the profits to a non-profit daycare center for single moms back in Missouri called Operation Breakthrough.

Eventually Allie and her partners plan to expand this site to include other hot button issues (like taxes, campaign finance reform, healthcare, immigration, climate change, gun policy, and our education system, to name just a few.) Allie is double majoring in Politics and Human Rights, along with Philosophy, and says that despite her frustration she does still have hope. While working for Senator McCaskill she made friends with a Republican staffer, a relationship she still cherishes, and says they were able to peaceably discuss issues and still care about one another “I don’t think ideology defines us, or separates us inherently.”

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Head to Allie’s easy to use site to make sure your voice is heard during what can be an extremely confusing process, and check back for more issues to be heard on soon! Stay woke and be kind, and thanks for reading.

 

This semester, students had the opportunity to participate in the Social Justice Ambassador program, a 6 week program for folks looking to explore issues of social justice through different lenses and deep discussion. Today this program culminates in a talk back for these students to share their experiences.

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Students participating in the program gave #humsoc some exclusive info, providing the following thoughtful response to their experience:

In this 6 week Social Justice Ambassadors Program, we had the opportunity to become a part of a safe space where we were able to discuss our ideas and experiences regarding the world of social justice. The themes we examined were Class & Race, Sexuality & Religion, Power Privilege & Oppression, and Social Justice Strategies, and discussing and learning the ways in which these ideas make up the social norms, giving power and privilege to a selective few. Moreover, we talked about the importance of identifying our individual privileges and learning how to use them best to advocate for social equity and equality. Coming from different backgrounds allowed us to expand our dialogue by sharing our knowledge and ideas based on our own life experiences. This was an amazing opportunity to further our global understanding by listening to other members’ input and creating vibrant conversations surrounding social justice. In the world we live in, we are desperately in need of Social Justice Ambassadors, and we hope more students have the opportunity to further expand these pivotal discussions and be a part of this incredible program!

-Dominique Cagliuso, Dorian Provencher, Manuela Arap and Olivia Luis-Charles

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Thanks to SDA for putting this program together! Get more info here, and reach out to fhe@mmm.edu or get at their social medias if you’d like to see more programming like this going forward. Stay warm and be kind this weekend, and thanks for reading.

(Coming at you straight from Prof Marnie Brady. Enjoy!)

Special guests Athena Viscusi, LICSW, and Maria Dohers of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders gave students a view into global social work practice. The class discussed social work perspectives involving cultural humility, self-care, cross-NGO partnerships, and humanitarian intervention within the context of militarism, climate change, and refugee dislocation. Athena Viscusi, a clinical social worker with MSF, provides support to field workers before, after, and during deployment to crisis zones abroad. She shared about her own fieldwork as a psychosocial mental health worker with MSF in Liberia, Palestine, Central African Republic, Myanamar, and Haiti, among other countries. During the height of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, Athena supported a program for survivors, immune to the disease, to act as mental health counselors to encourage and support those who were still afflicted. She was joined at MMC by a graduate student at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, Marie Dohrs, who shared about her previous work supporting immigrants and refugees here and abroad. Marie explained the steps she took in her process of applying to graduate school.

MMC students & Prof. Brady express their deep appreciation for the important and urgent work of MSF in the world, and for the time the guests spent with us discussing their own professional career paths and the challenges in global social work.

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(Yay guest speakers! Thanks for reading, have a great weekend, spread kindness everywhere you go and be brave.)

BREAKING NEWS!

The History Major is back at MMC!

Some facts: History continues to be a popular major for high achievers, and has a traditionally been a go-to for those hoping to pursue law or public service. Our program will be super innovative, and uses a modular path of study that allows students to chart their own course and choose their own areas of focus. You’ll get all the traditional skills of a history scholar- critical thinking, evaluating evidence, oral and written argument construction- all while exploring different threads and webs that only you can imagine and navigate fully.

Here are some examples modular paths, with different color blocks showing different course subjects:

These first two show examples of more traditional paths, with one or two areas of focus.

The second two examples are more complex: on the left the student’s program is called Ancient History and Medieval History and Culture, and the right shows a path called History and Performance of Race and Gender. You see how courses from across the college can be pulled in to satisfy requirements for the major, so scholars can create a program that is tailored to their interests, while developing an understanding of history with depth and nuance. History at Marymount will go beyond a timeline, showing how culture, politics, art, media, and story all combine to create what we understand as our shared past.

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Look back, connect the dots, and get innovative to jump start your own future! Make History a part of your history at Marymount. #thanksforreading #bekind #happyhalloween

From esteemed Library Archivist Mary Brown:

New Research Resources from Marymount Manhattan College’s Archives

Marymount Manhattan College’s archives is digitizing William B. Harris’s performing-arts reviews, a gateway into his private collection of theatre memorabilia and into the downtown scene before gentrification.

“Billy” Harris was a freelance dance and theatre critic active from the 1970s until his unexpected death in July 2000. He saw much that was happening in the performing arts world in the last quarter of the last century and he saved much of it: newspaper clippings of other people’s reviews, the advertising that came his way, programs, and even some scripts. At the time of his death he had over five thousand files, arranged by playwright. A friend of Billy’s steered the family to depositing the collection at Marymount Manhattan College. Later, another friend deposited her collection of Harris’s reviews.

Currently, theatre students are the Harris Papers’ most frequent users. One of them was excited to spot a former MMC adjunct theatre professor and the author of a popular book on improv, Dan Diggles, in an early role.

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More seriously, students use the Harris Papers to research performances. When the Nobel Prize Committee announced Austrian playwright Peter Handke had won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature, students went looking for performances of his plays. It turns out that Harris saw an early English-language performance, of Handke’s Self-Accusation, in 1978, and saved the program, a mimeograph that may now exist nowhere else in the world.

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Harris’s review and the mimeograph open up a world beyond that one night at the theatre. The documents indicate the Brooklyn Bridge Threatre Company produced the play. The Brooklyn Bridge Threatre Company has no Internet presence. Its history will have to be mined out of sources such as these. The venue for the performance was Saint Clement’s, which, the program indicates, is on Manhattan. It turns out Saint Clement’s does have an Internet presence (http://www.stclementsnyc.org/), and from its website we can pick up further clues. It is the third-oldest off-Broadway venue in New York. It is also an Episcopal Church in the theatre district. The way is now open for choose-your-own-adventure research. How long has St. Clement’s been an off-Broadway venue, and how did that develop? What’s the relationship between the Episcopal Church—or the Christian religion—and theatre?

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The archives is working toward putting together a research project of its own. All of Harris’s reviews note where he saw the performance. The first steps in research was to map those addresses on a modern map and to go see them as they are now. Consulting the Harris Papers indicates what Billy Harris saw when he was there. Other sources help fill in the narrative of how the building of the past became the one of the present. MMC’s library has a good collection of books on New York City, its ProQuest provides access to back issues of The New York Times, its Nexis Uni database provides access to back issues of other papers, and the New York City Department of Buildings and Department of Finance have much data on individual buildings. This process uncovered many intriguing individual stories, such as how the creators of Hedwig and the Angry Inch chose a nearly vacant hotel as a suitably grubby venue for their production. The building had started as a charity, a low-cost hospice for sailors; the decline of the shipping industry reduced the numbers of sailors needing such service. Hedwig raised interest in the building, and led to new owners and a new life as the boutique Jane Hotel.

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Building by building, a story develops. In the 1970s cash-strapped performing artists and owners who could find nothing else to do with their buildings cut deals. Performers took spaces within buildings rather than whole buildings. They rented by the weekend rather than by the month or year. They made do with poorly maintained property. Their performances introduced the audience to a neighborhood where they might invest, open a business, or live. Today, emerging performing artists find themselves priced out of as former performance spaces become apartments, shops, and more established cultural attractions.

The archives is creating a unique Google map that will identify the places where William Harris saw a performance. Walkers will be able to open the map on their own devices, and can plot their own routes for getting from one to another. They can open documents that describe Harris’s experience in the theatre at that venue, and then how the venue has changed to the present day.

The digital copies of Harris’s reviews may very well spark other kinds of research. To get started researching William Harris’s reviews, go to https://www.mmm.edu/live/files/97-harrisguideaddendumpdf, the finding aid for the part of his collection that contains the reviews. There, you can scroll or use Control + F to search for particular dates, playwrights, plays, and venue names. You can email the archivist, Mary Brown, at mbrown1@mmm.edu, and she can email a review back to you. Still not digitized, though, is Harris’s massive file of clippings, programs, advertisements, and theatre memorabilia. Again email Mary to set up an appointment, and get yourself some unique primary sources for your research.

Thanks to Mary Brown for this info and ongoing project! Thanks for reading, keep being kind, have a safe Halloween weekend.

Shout out to the best #humsoc work study a division could as for, Madison! Enjoy the below post submitted by her about her experience interning at the United Nations. Learn more about MMC’s amazing programs with the UN here.

Seven Things I Learned as a United Nations Intern

  1. You have to go through a huge security process to get in the building.

The United Nations doesn’t play around with security. There are several different entrances that are used to get into the main building. There are separate entrances for diplomats, the press, faculty and staff, and NGO representatives. I was an NGO intern, which meant I had a very low security clearance. Every day I had to remove my bags and coat, and take out my laptop like I would in an airport. Sometimes if my metal water bottle was too full they would flag me down for a search.

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  1. Any art pieces in the UN are donated by member states.

If you ever take a tour of the UN, which I highly recommend, you will see beautiful pieces of art hung on the walls. Each one of them is donated by a member state in an attempt to make their generosity and presence known within the institution. There is a plaque next to each one that displays who donated it and when it was donated. It can be really interesting to look at an art piece in the context of global history!

(get some info about the art here.)

  1. Don’t take the stairs!

One time I took the stairs instead of the elevator. A rookie mistake. I was locked in there for about a half hour and it was HOT. I thought I might die alone, sweating to death in the UN headquarters. I managed to call the front desk and they directed me to a back exit. Don’t take the stairs!

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  1. Negotiations for only one document can go all night long.

I was working during the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which is one of the biggest events of the year. The Commission lasts about two weeks, and includes hundreds of different sessions on the rights and struggles of women across the world. At the end of the two weeks, member states are asked to sign a set of resolutions that signify their support of certain issues. Member states stayed long into the night (4am I think?!) to negotiate the tiniest details of the CSW resolutions. I hope they had coffee breaks because I would need some serious caffeine!

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  1. The Executive Director of UN Women will pause for a photo.

In case you didn’t know, the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, is AMAZING. She has a way of speaking that both lightens the room and commands attention. I couldn’t think of anyone better to represent the women of the world. One time she was speaking in a meeting I was attending, and I followed her out into the hallway and asked for a photo. Don’t worry, I wasn’t the only one asking for a quote or a photo, she’s practically a celebrity! My boss was super excited that I got the photo and I posted it on my NGO’s social media right away.

  1. You have to have prior internship experience to apply for this position.

To be accepted into the MMC United Nations program, you need prior internship experience on your resume. Along with submitting a formal application, an interview with the International Studies department is also required. If you are accepted, the department will place you with an NGO based on your interests and qualifications.

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  1. If you are asked to speak at the podium, GO FOR IT.

This will forever be a regret of mine. Early in my internship, I was in a civil society meeting in one of the giant conference rooms. The room split into groups based on geographic representation, so as an American citizen, I was in the North American group. I was asked to take notes and was typing as fast as my fingers could go. Because I had all the notes, the group leader asked me to represent us on the podium. I PANICKED. I didn’t feel prepared to speak, so I quickly turned down the invitation. Now I regret it. I could have a photo of me speaking in one of the biggest conference rooms at the UN! So…if you are asked to speak at the podium, go for it!

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(Thanks to Madison for sharing her experiences, and thanks to you all for reading. Be nice to yourself and everyone you encounter doing fun festive activities this weekend!)

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Today’s spotlight is on an option meant for the most intrepid solo artists among us: the independent study. From the course bulletin:

Independent Study encourages the experienced student with high academic standing to design an individual project with a faculty mentor. Such projects typically may not duplicate existing courses in the curriculum. Independent Study projects range from independent reading, guided fieldwork, clinical practica, and creative endeavors.

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As she approaches graduation (and excels in her duties as #humsoc’s own work study student), Madison W. embarks on an independent study with Prof. Hernandez. She shares about this week’s reading assignment:

For the past several weeks, I have been studying a doughnut. No, not the Homer Simpson pink-with-sprinkles kind of doughnut, but rather a circular diagram that lays out some of the most important economic, social, and ecological goals of our world. Some of the goals mentioned in the doughnut include climate change, ocean acidification, biodiversity loss, gender equality, and education. In chapter two of Doughnut Economics, author Kate Rowarth speaks about the doughnut saying that it provides us with a “twenty-first-century compass.” She emphasizes the need to make visual diagrams that lay out how certain goals and aspirations will be met. Visual tools reach a part of the human mind that words cannot stimulate. By laying out priorities in this way, we more easily make decisions about where funding and resource allocation should go. Rowarth’s doughnut diagram was used to make important decisions at the United Nations that are impacting millions worldwide.

Professor Hernandez is himself a fan of Independent Studies, commenting that “[they]  are a great option for self-motivated students who want to take the time to dive deeply into area of interest – or even better, an area of passion. The time and space of this format allows students to investigate, and even savor, a realm of knowledge.” And he speaks from personal experience:

In my own undergraduate studies, a parting of waters occurred when I did an independent study on ecopsychology my junior year. Suddenly, I found myself in ecstasy in the University of Washington library. I had no idea so many interesting folks were out there thinking on these topics (this was pre-internet, lots of card catalogs)!

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Madison herself is enjoying her project and excited about how it’s adding to her overall educational experience at MMC.

Taking an Independent Study was a great way to explore some of my favorite topics with more depth than I would in a traditional classroom. I have the ability to direct the course where my curiosity is sparked, revealing concepts and avenues of research that get me really excited. After all, education isn’t about filling buckets, it’s about lighting fires. …This course is fueling my passions and generating a new level of expertise in my field. I’m having a lot of fun and feel more prepared to speak in job interviews next year.

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Prof Hernandez matches Madison’s enthusiasm:

Madison’s project is perfect for her. She is examining the economic dimensions of sustainability. Whereas she has developed extensive knowledge and practice in other areas of sustainability, she felt weaker here. She is spending the semester reading various takes on environment and economics from Marxist, Green and other perspectives. I am confident these will make her an even stronger and more creative social and environmental justice actor.

Hooray!

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If you are interested in designing an independent study you must have a declared major, completed at least 30 credits, and have an overall 3.0 GPA or above. You must have a sponsoring faculty advisor, and complete a proposal. Check the bulletin for further details, and start thinking outside of the class offerings box! Be creative, be kind, and as always thanks for reading.

 

We are just 10 days away from Griffins Give Day, when the MMC community comes together for 24 hours of giving to support our squad, current and future! I spoke with Carly S. from the Institutional Advancement office to get the inside scoop.

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WHAT IS IT?: GGD is an annual day of giving, when the community is encouraged to support MMC with donations of any size. There are multiple ways to give including donating online or IRL in the Hewitt Gallery, making purchases with coordinated sponsors, and participating in the fun by entering to win raffle prizes and coming to the after party!

10/08 Make a purchase at CHIPOTLE (1153 THIRD AVE) between 4-8pm and a portion of the proceeds goes to #griffinsgiveday

10/09 Make a purchase at PANDA EXPRESS (1277 1st Avenue) between 4-8pm and a portion of the proceeds goes to #griffinsgiveday

10/10 Come to the Hewitt Gallery for your chance to win prizes!

WHAT DOES GGD MEAN TO YOU? 

Institutional Advancement plans the annual event, and my job is to get the word out around campus and on social media. Last year over 40k was raised in just 24 hours. Our hope is that everyone who is able to give- and who values what MMC has provided them/the continued mission- participates! Any size donation is wonderful. The money goes to keeping the buildings safe and beautiful, scholarships that ensure great students of diverse backgrounds get to campus (and find success!), and updating technology so students are prepared for the world in this evolving era.

 

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With so many ways to give, participation is a breeze! together we can make sure that this #griffinsgiveday is the most successful yet!

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How will you be giving next week? Leave a comment, and be sure to hashtag your giving activities, and tag us! Give what you can, and most importantly be kind to yourself and everyone you run into.