Self-Directed Research Projects
The CaMD Scholar program provides the unique opportunity for current Lowers and Uppers to conduct funded, self-directed research projects over the summer and present their work to our community. CaMD Scholars focus on projects investigating equity, diversity, multiculturalism, and/or social justice. The scholars create complementary programming to supplement and illuminate their research: anything from a short documentary clip, to a panel discussion, to a guest performer. One CaMD Scholar, whose work examines race relations or human rights in the United States, preferably from an historical perspective, is designated as the Barbara Landis Chase CaMD Scholar.
CaMD Scholar Program Coordinator: Emma Staffaroni
Nana Afia Boadi-Acheampong, ’21
In our imaginations, vast universes await. In our heads, we can invent, ponder, and visualize the
many possibilities for our lives. Our imaginations are limitless… right? Her presentation examines the ways in which fantastical children’s literature and media has limited how Western society imagines the roles of Black people
February 5, 2021, 8:00 pm EST, Zoom Meeting
Mary Muromcew, ’22
Sticky Belonging: Hegemonic Gazes and the Taming of Queer Asian American Identities
What does it mean to belong as a queer Asian American in the United States? Whose terms is their belonging really on? To answer these questions, Mary’s research employs a historical lens to explore how queer Asian Americans navigate belonging in the State, the Asian American community, and the LGBTQ+ community, or what she calls “Places of Belonging.”
January 18, 2021, 8:00 pm EST, Zoom Meeting
Jerry Shu, ’21
Projecting Power: Post-9/11 Action Films and American Imperial Values
From Rome’s Aeneas to America’s Superman, stories of fictional heroes are beloved in Western culture. Those narratives have come in the form of box office-dominating action films, such as Avengers: Endgame or Spider-Man: Far From Home. Applying a critical lens, Jerry Shu ’21 explores the themes of these films and their impact on the post-9/11 American consciousness.
December 11, 2020, 8:00 pm EST, Zoom Meeting
Irene Kwon, ’21
The Medical Mystery: Racial Disparities in the American Healthcare System
Can healthcare be racist? Can science be biased? These questions arise in a contemporary setting in which health outcomes are drastically different depending on the color of one’s skin. Irene Kwon ’21 will address the impact of systemic racism in the United States on the healthcare industry, specifically as it relates to maternal health.
October 30, 2020, 8:00 pm EST, Zoom Meeting