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  • Professor of Religion Elaine Craddock received a Fulbright grant to fund her research on transgender communities and Hindu temples in Tamil Nadu, India, during her spring 2016 sabbatical.

  • Five faculty members from Southwestern participated in the annual meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences that was held at Pace University in New York June 11-14. The theme for the conference was “Welcome to the Anthropocene: From Global Challenge to Planetary Stewardship.” Faculty members Erika BerrothLaura Hobgood-OsterMelissa Johnson and Emily Northrop participated in a panel titled “Collaboration in Teaching the Anthropocene Across Disciplines.” Berroth presented a paper titled “Shades of Green: Reflection on the Role of Modern Languages and Literature Programs within Environmental Humanities and the Anthropocene Studies.” Hobgood-Oster presented a paper titled “How Does the Anthropocene Fit into a Religion Classroom?” Johnson presented a paper titled  “Reframing an Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Course around the Anthropocene.” Northrop presented a paper titled “The Competing Goals of Economic Growth and Climate Stability in the Introductory Economics Course.” Molly Jensen, assistant professor of religion, introduced conference participants to Southwestern’s new Paideia Cluster on The Anthropocene and presented a paper at the meeting titled “Cultivating a Sense of Place in a Religious Studies Course: Teaching for Ecological Care.”

  • Gulnar Rawji, associate professor of chemistry, published an article earlier this year that was co-authored by two former Southwestern students and a colleague at UT-Austin. The paper is titled “An acetonitrile solvatomorph of dichlorido(1,10-phenanthroline-5,6-d​ione)platinum(II) and was published in the journal Acta Crystallographic. The Southwestern graduates who were co-authors on the paper are Amanda H​amala and Carissa Fritz.

  • In April 2015, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer gave a talk titled “Breath, Skin, Fog: Disability and Environmental Justice” at Middlebury College, and led a workshop on social justice and cross-movement activism while there. She was also invited to share a work-in-progress with the Disability Studies Seminar at the University of Kansas, where she workshopped her essay “Un/Safe Disclosures: Scenes of Disability and Trauma” with an interdisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students. Also during the month she gave a reading from her book “Feminist Queer Crip” at Western Kentucky University as part of the Social Justice and Coalition-Building series. 

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