Humanities Center Events
Nicholas Beauchamp Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science “Trajectories of Hate: Mapping the Development of Racism and Misogyny On Social Media”
Angela Kilby Assistant Professor, Department of Economics “Algorithmic Fairness in Predicting Opioid Use Disorder using Machine Learning”
Matthew Bowser Ph.D Canddiate, Department of History “Misdirected Rage: The Anti-Immigrant Response to Co-Colonialism and Capitalism in Myanmar and the Origins of Burmese Islamophobia, 1930-1947” Carla Kaplan Professor, Department of English ““Queen of the Muckrakers:” Jessica Mitford and the Arts of Activism” William Miles Professor, Department of Political Science and International Affairs Program…
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Humanities Center News
Former PhD student and 2017-2018 “Whose Story?” graduate fellow Anjuli Fahlberg, recently published an op-ed in the Washington Post. Anjuli Fahlberg is currently a full-time Lecturer in Tufts University’s Department of Sociology and Co-Director of the community-engaged research collaborative Construindo Juntos. Her op-ed focused on the turmoil brewing in Brazil’s poorer neighborhoods as a result…
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Events & Programs sponsored “Touch This Page!” wins Biennial Innovation Award from the Library Company of Philadelphia
Congratulations to the Humanities Center Associate Director, Sari Altschuler, one of this year’s recipient of the Biennial Innovation Award from the Library Company of Philadelphia, for her work on creating the multi-sensory exhibition Touch This Page! Making Sense of the Ways We Read. Working alongside a team of librarians, scholars, and researchers, Sari and co-director,…
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Congratulations to Liza Weinstein, Humanities Center Advisory Board Member, Professor and Chair of Sociology; Cameron Blevins, Assistant Professor of History; and Serena Parekh, Director of the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) Program and Associate Professor of Philosophy, for receiving over $155,000 in grant support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for “Engaging Geography…
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On August 27th, 2018, the U.N. fact-finding mission dispatched to study the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar recommended that the International Criminal Court officially investigate the Myanmar military for genocide and crimes against humanity. My dissertation seeks to discern the origins of Burmese Islamophobia and anti-immigrant prejudice. In it, I argue that Islamophobia first emerged in the 1930s as the result of right-wing Burmese nationalists using Muslims as a scapegoat for political and economic issues caused by British and Indian capitalist elites. This research accomplishes two major goals. First, by examining the origins of Burmese Islamophobia, my work challenges the authority of Islamophobic tropes developed in the colonial period and used by the Myanmar military today to justify ethnic cleansing. Second, it provides a broader case study for asking what kinds of subversion challenge authority, and what kinds uphold it. The Burmese nationalist focus on anti-immigrant racism in the 1930s served only to “divide and rule;” racial hatred ultimately distracted from the true structural causes of impoverishment and disenfranchisement, unrestricted capitalism and colonial rule.
My dissertation research examines the growing role of philanthropic foundations in global governance by shedding light on their influence in health emergency response. Specifically, my work reveals mechanisms by which foundations leverage power through the laws and institutions governing pandemic response. I analyze global health funding as well as the multitude of ways in which health problems are portrayed, both in public discourse and within policymaking communities. This work contributes to understandings of non-state actors and their relative power in global governance, and of factors driving over- and under-response to global threats from infectious diseases.