The World Is Our Home: Higher Education in Local/Global Communities



Saturday, April 5
2 p.m.
Ernst Common Room, Blaustein Humanities Center

Student, faculty and alumni panelists will discuss the growing need for individuals to broaden the scope of their engagement and how institutions like Connecticut College can encourage and prepare students to be global citizens.

Panelists

Amy Dooling, moderator
Amy D. Dooling is an associate professor of Chinese literature at Connecticut College. She is also chair of the Educational Planning Committee, chair of the International Commons Steering Committee, and co-director of the Mellon Initiative in Global Education.

Dooling’s scholarly work focuses on cultural activism and women’s literary production in modern China. She is the editor and translator of two major anthologies of creative writing, "Writing Women in Modern China" (Columbia University Press, 1998) and "Writing Women in Modern China: The Revolutionary Years" (Columbia University Press, 2005), and author of "Women’s Literary Feminism in Twentieth Century China" (Palgrave, 2005). Her current research examines the literature and art of labor migration in the post-Mao era.

Dooling has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, including an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies and the Fulbright Foundation. She holds a bachelor's, a master's and a doctorate from Columbia University.

Jane Dawson
Jane Dawson is the Virginia Eason Weinmann ‘51 Professor of Government and Environmental Studies at Connecticut College. She is currently associate director of the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment and will become director of the Center on July 1, 2014.

Dawson’s teaching includes courses on comparative environmental activism, international environmental cooperation, the politics of climate change, and an advanced seminar on global environmental justice. From 2011 to 2013, she led a faculty development project on global environmental justice, funded by the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, which brought together 18 College faculty across multiple disciplines to develop 13 new courses that incorporate perspectives on international environmental justice issues as viewed through different disciplinary lenses.

Much of Dawson’s work focuses on the relationship of environmental issues and movements and global politics. Her book, “Eco-Nationalism: Anti-nuclear Activism and National Identity in Russia, Lithuania, and Ukraine,” based on extensive field research in the region, was awarded the Shulman Prize for excellence in the field of post-Soviet social science research. Dawson holds degrees from Bryn Mawr College and Harvard University, a master’s from Johns Hopkins University and a doctorate from University of California, Berkeley.

Sunil Bhatia
Sunil Bhatia is a professor and chair of the Department of Human Development at Connecticut College. He served as director of the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy from 2008-2011.

Bhatia has published over 30 articles and book chapters on issues related to transnational migration, identity and cultural psychology. His recent publications include a book, “American Karma: Race, Culture and Identity in the Indian Diaspora” (New York University Press, 2007). His forthcoming book, “The Psychology of Globalization: Narratives of Indian Youth from Call Centers to Chai Stalls,” by Oxford University Press, examines how globalization has redefined the meaning of “Indianness” in urban India.

On campus, Bhatia has received numerous awards, including the John King Teaching Award, the Tyrone Ferdnance Award for excellence in teaching and community service and the Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Service Award. He has also received a Community Service Award from the Connecticut Department of Higher Education, the Sigmund Koch Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology from the American Psychological Association, and was runner-up for the prestigious Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award.

Lauren Burke '06

Lauren Burke is a 2006 graduate of Connecticut College who has dedicated her career to empowering immigrant communities and working to rethink the way we approach service models. During her time at the College, Burke majored in Chinese and a self-designed major combining sociology and international relations. She received a certificate from the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts.

After graduation, Burke attended NYU School of Law where she received her J.D. in 2009. For the past five years, she has worked as a Skadden Fellow representing trafficked youth from China, developed an in-house legal program at the country's largest domestic violence agency for Asian-American women, was an adjunct clinical professor at Brooklyn Law School and, in 2014, rejoined NYU to serve as a public interest career counselor at the law school. In 2012, Burke co-founded Atlas: DIY, Developing Immigrant Youth, which now has an office in Brooklyn; Burke is the executive director.

Burke's work has been featured on NPR and in the New York Times. She was named to Forbes' Top 20 Millennials on a Mission, New Leaders Council's 40 New Leaders Under 40, and received NYU's Distinguished Young Alumna of the Year Award in 2013.

Gabrielle Arenge '14
Gabrielle Arenge, a psychology major and art minor at Connecticut College, is a scholar in the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy. She has served as an elected student representative on the judicial board for four years, a student leader in the Curriculum ReVision for over two years, and chair of academic affairs in the Student Government Association. She is also a Big Sister mentor and a singer in the all-female a cappella group, The ConnChords.

As a sophomore, Arenge was awarded a $10,000 Davis Project for Peace grant to establish Amani Art, an art-based mentor program and community based organization that connects at-risk Kenyan youth to local artists in the Kibera slum. A Minor Myers Jr. Fellowship allowed her to return to Kenya to conduct research for her psychology honors thesis on perceptions of creativity and creativity development among youth in the Kibera slum.

She was selected as a finalist for the national Truman Scholarship in 2013 and an Exemplary Commitment Maker at the Clinton Global Initiative University Conference in 2014. Gabrielle will graduate in May as a Winthrop Scholar and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in educational psychology.

Stephen Flynn
Stephen Flynn is a professor of political science and the founding director of the Center for Resilience Studies at Northeastern University in Boston. He is also academic director of Northeastern’s Master in Security and Resilience Studies Program and co-director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security.

Before arriving at Northeastern in 2011, Flynn served as president of the Center for National Policy and spent a decade as a senior fellow for National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2008, he served as the lead homeland security policy adviser for the Presidential Transition Team for President Barack Obama. Flynn was an active duty commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard for 20 years, including two tours as commanding officer at sea.

Flynn is the author of “The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation” (Random House, 2007), and “America the Vulnerable” (HarperCollins, 2004). He also currently serves on the Council on Foreign Relations’ Independent Task Force on North America, co-chaired by David Petraeus and Robert Zoellick. Flynn holds the M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and B.S. from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.