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Coming to Campus

- February 5, 2007

Coming to Campus is a section announcing visiting speakers of note.

Those who wish to submit items for this section should send a brief description (maximum 300 words) of the event, including the date, time, and place, and giving the name, title, outstanding accomplishments and, if available, a color photo of the speaker to: Visiting Speaker, Advance, 1266 Storrs Road, Storrs, CT 06269-4144 or by e-mail: advance@uconn.edu, with Visiting Speaker in the subject line.

The information must be received by 4 p.m. on Monday, a minimum of two weeks prior to the event.

Publication will depend on space available, and preference will be given to events of interest to a cross-section of the University community.

Post-9/11 hate crimes documentary to be shown

A premiere showing of Divided We Fall: America in the Aftermath, a full-length documentary about hate crimes after 9/11 will take place Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free.

The film was created by Valarie Kaur, a student from Stanford University, and award-winning director and producer Sharat Rajuto.

They will answer questions at the end of the program.

After the attacks on Sept. 11, some so-called "patriots" across the country burned homes of Muslims or people they thought looked like Arabs, vandalized sacred buildings, and killed people.

According to the FBI, such anti-Muslim hate crimes increased from 354 in 2000, to 1,501 in 2001.

Divided We Fall weaves expert analysis into a cross-country road trip that confronts the forces dividing Americans in times of crisis, to discover who counts as "one of us" in a world divided into "us" and "them."

Kaur, 20, a third-generation Sikh American, had planned a different topic for her senior thesis.

But after 9/11 and the murder of a family friend on Sept. 15, she set out across the U.S. asking, "Who counts as an American?" "Who looks like an American?" "Who looks like an enemy?"

She videotaped Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Jews, and other Americans, as they recounted their experiences.

In her own small California farming community, a man from her hometown was killed, another was nearly beaten to death, and a woman was stabbed.

Her senior thesis included a 30-minute video called Targeting the Turban: Sikh Americans in the Aftermath of 9/11.

The project first garnered awards as a thesis and book, before being made into a full-length documentary.

A post-film workshop with Kaur and Rajuto will be held in the Student Union Ballroom on Feb. 7, from noon to 2 p.m. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, contact angela.rola@uconn.edu.

Also on Feb. 7 at 4:30 p.m., there will be a reflection session at the Asian American Cultural Center.

Both Kaur and Rajuto will be present.

Race and science to be topic of human rights lecture

"Race and Science: New Challenges to an Old Problem" is the topic of a lecture by Evelynn Hammonds on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 4 p.m., in the Chemistry Building, Room A120. A reception will follow.

The lecture is the third in a series on science and human dignity, sponsored by the Program on Science and Human Rights.

Hammonds is a professor of the history of science and of African and African-American studies, and senior vice provost for faculty development and diversity at Harvard University.

Her research areas include topics in the histories of science, medicine, and public health in the U.S.; race and gender in science studies; and feminist theory in the U.S.

Hammonds is the author of Childhood's Deadly Scourge: The Campaign to Control Diphtheria in New York City, 1880-1930 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999), and a co-editor of Gender and Scientific Authority (University of Chicago Press, 1996).

She has also published articles on the history of disease, race, and science, African-American feminism, African-American women and the epidemic of HIV/AIDS, and analyses of gender and race in science and medicine.

A recent article is "The Use of Race Variables in Genetic Studies of Complex Traits and the Goal of Reducing Health Disparities: A Transdisciplinary Perspective" (with co-authors), in American Psychologist, vol. 60, no. 1, January 2005.

Hammonds' current work focuses on the intersection of scientific, medical, and socio-political concepts of race in the United States.

She is completing a history of biological, medical, and anthropological uses of race concepts titled, The Logic of Difference: A History of Race in Science and Medicine in the United States, 1850-1990.

She is also completing the MIT Reader on Race and Gender in Science, co-edited with Rebecca Herzig and Abigail Bass, and is co-editor of a new series on race and gender in science studies for the University of Illinois Press.

In 2003-2005, she was named a distinguished lecturer by Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.

She has been a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, a Fellow in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, a visiting professor at UCLA, and in 2004 was the Walker Ames Distinguished Professor at the University of Washington.


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