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Aphrodite Kocieda successfully defended her Masters thesis, "We're Taking Slut Back": Analyzing Racialized Gender Politics in Chicago's 2012 Slutwalk, on March 5. Her advisor is Aisha Durham. Congratulations Aphrodite!
Lindy Davidson received the 2013-2014 Graduate Research Assistantship from the Center for Hospice, Palliative Care & End-of-Life Studies at USF. Her research project is titled "Spiritual Frameworks in Pediatric Palliative Care: Understanding Parental Decision-making." Lindy is a second year Ph.D. student studying Health Communication.
Jennifer Whalen was appointed to the position of Marketing Coordinator for the Florida Communication Association for the 2014 Conference held in Orlando, Florida. She also has accepted the position of Convention Planner for the 2015 Convention.
Aisha Durham is the recipient of the USF Creative Scholarship Grant. She plans to explore African American iconicity. She will analyze popular media texts and interview black female audiences in the United States and abroad about Beyoncé Knowles, a singer who plays on primitivism and exoticism while playing up her creole identity for European and African markets. The singer sells black desirability and repackages the American Dream—imbuing ethos of multiculturalism, mobility, and meritocracy globally. The funded research will address the accelerated, transnational production of celebrity, the new politics of race and gender defined by fixity and fluidity, and the centrality of Knowles in shaping contemporary commercial culture and identity for African descendant women.
Nancie Hudson's autoethnography, "When Family Narratives Conflict: An Autoethnography of My Mother's Secrets," has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Family Communication. Nancie is a second-year doctoral student in USF's Department of Communication, and this will be her first published journal article. Congratulations, Nancie!
Carolyn Ellis and Jerry Rawicki will present their documentary film, Behind the Wall, on April 3, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the USF Marshall Student Center Oval Theater. A reception will follow the screening.
This 45-minute documentary tells the story of Warsaw Ghetto survivor JerryRawicki's return visit to Poland in 2013, his first since the Holocaust.
Working collaboratively with ethnographer and filmmaker Ellis, Mr. Rawicki discusses his thoughts and feelings about his homeland,
explores the working of memory, and considers the virtue of forgiveness.
Being back in Poland and speaking in his native Polish language stimulated Mr. Rawicki to reflect on how place affects what and how he remembers and to consider his relationship to Poland and the Polish people in complex ways. Family members, as well as the project director, are interviewed for the film.
All are invited.
Tasha Rennels was selected to serve as the faculty advisor for a Bull Service Break trip to New York City, an alternative Spring Break dedicated to women’s issues. During this trip she, along with nine undergraduate students from USF, will work with Win, an organization that seeks to transform the lives of local homeless women and their children by providing the resources they need to regain their independence. Below is a picture of Tasha and her students serving at Tampa’s Trinity Cafe to prepare for their upcoming trip.