My research project will investigate how 21st century Rwandan writers integrate traditional Rwandan oral storytelling into post-genocide literatures. As one Rwandan woman stated, the Rwandan writers and artists today are seeking to "purify" the ancient Rwandan stories, the stories passed down from generation to generation. The desire to "purify" Rwanda's ancient storytelling and performance legacy suggests an emerging 21st century African literature initiated post the 1994 genocide. In Rwanda this summer, I plan to work with the National University of Rwanda providing opportunities for new writers and performers to present their work and discuss the influence of oral traditions and the genocide in burgeoning literary projects and art.
Master's Student in Applied Women's Studies
Award Amount: $1,100
Participation in Feminist Summer Camp
Feminist Summer Camp is an intensive week-long activist bootcamp for college students interested in learning about different approaches, strategies, and skills of social justice organizing in New York City, June 12-18, 2011. Hosted by Soapbox, Inc., the premiere feminist speakers’ bureau, the program emphasizes career development and will include a day-long internship and opportunities to network with national feminist organizations and progressive leaders. The camp is organized by Soapbox, Inc. co-founders and activists, Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner, authors of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future and Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism. In previous years, the camp’s participants have explored issues such as sexual rights, reproductive justice, sex work, the arts, trafficking, media, and peace and human rights. Feminist Summer Camp has afforded its participants opportunities in the past to meet with individuals such as Gloria Steinem and Ariel Levy and organizations such as Equality NOW, BUST Magazine, UNICEF and The Feminist Press.
Ph.D. Candidate in English
Award Amount: $1,800
Dissertation Research at the American Antiquarian Society, a National Research Library of American History, Literature, and Culture Through 1876, Worcester, Massachusetts.
The Albert B. Friedman Grant supported my research at the American Antiquarian Society, where I worked with a variety of texts from the collections of children's literature, American engravings, pamphlets, newspapers, and other literary and historical documents. The opportunity to study these rare library materials contributed significantly to my dissertation, The Myth of Cleopatra in American Culture from Colonial to Modern Times, which examines the way American literary, historical, and visual texts reconfigured the image of Cleopatra to debate, define, and communicate American ideas about imperial oppression, women politicians, female social status, female physical and mental disorders, and theories of race.
Doctoral Student in History
Award Amount: $800
Navigating L.A. Exhibit at The Studio for Southern California History
The exhibition offers reflections on the region as a complex, cross-cultural space where community, borders, migration and bodies interact, shift, change and are contested daily and through the region's history. A group of CGU students have organized a dynamic show and programs to reach a broader audience. This is a premiere collaboration between the Studio for Southern California History and CGU. The exhibition features rare books authored by Leo Politi on loan from The George G. Stone Center for Children's Books; two books featuring work by Ed Ruscha and Edgar Arceneaux from the Dennison Library & Honnald Library at Claremont University, respectively; archival documentation from Regeneración, an artist collective based in Highland Park during the 90s, and works by artists from Mobile Mural Lab, Pocho Research Society, Sandy Rodriguez, Antonio Garcia, and others working in Southern California to name a few highlights. The show runs from May 6 to June 23, 2011 at the Studio for Southern California History. Please visit the show's website at: http://www.socalstudio.org/Navigating_LA/
Masters of Fine Arts Student, Studio Program
Masters of Fine Arts Student
Award Amount: $2,200
Site-Specific Installations Along the Los Angeles Freeways
We are proposing a site-specific sculptural installation along the Los Angeles freeways made up of debris and detritus gathered from the stretches of freeway we visit daily. We plan to work with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, volunteering for freeway clean up, gathering materials (i.e. debris etc.). This portion of the project will be documented through video and photographs. We will be repurpose the collected debris to construct sculptures that will then be placed back on specific areas of freeway shoulders, in hopes that the thousands of people traveling the Los Angeles Freeways may experience a moment of visual enjoyment on their routine drive through the city, and may look at the detritus that lines the freeway in a different light.
The site-specific freeway installations will be accompanied by an exhibition in the Installation Gallery at Claremont Graduate University. The exhibition will consist of the video/photo documentation of the cleanup, along with a sculpture and maps of the Los Angeles freeways designating where the newly placed sculptures can be located. We feel this project will encourage residents of Los Angeles to look at their world a little differently, a hopefully begin to enjoy the visual nature of the freeways we know today.
Doctoral Student in English
Award Amount: $1,300
Participation in the 2011 Notre Dame / University College Dublin Irish Seminar in Dublin, “Irish Modernisms,” and the Queen’s University Belfast Programme in Society, Conflict, and Peace in Northern Ireland
My work at Claremont Graduate University focuses on modernism and its impact on world events, as revealed primarily through literature; I am interested in continuing my studies in Irish literature and culture, begun at Boston College, concentrating primarily on poetry and drama from the modern period. Serving as preliminary dissertation research, participation in the 2011 Notre Dame / University College Dublin Irish Seminar in Dublin, “Irish Modernisms,” and the Queen’s University Belfast Programme in Society, Conflict, and Peace in Northern Ireland will provide me with a vast amount of knowledge and opportunity for discussion around literary portrayals of Irish life and politics, and most especially border issues, the topic I am most drawn to for my dissertation. these seminars would provide me not only a chance to fill in any gaps in my own knowledge, but will also serve as an opportunity for me to hone the ideas I am already exploring. Studying in Ireland this summer would prepare me in great part for my coming dissertation, and would help me to grow as a student and scholar by putting me in conversation with some of the greatest minds in Irish studies, while also allowing me to explore the real life and culture of Dublin and Belfast. For these reasons I am extremely grateful at being chosen as a recipient for Claremont Graduate University’s Friedman Award.
Doctoral Student in History
Award Amount: $1,900
Funding from the Friedman grant and the question of the relationship between war photography published in Life magazine and its political and editorial context brought me to the Time Inc. archive and John Shaw Billings’ collection. What I left with was more nuance, more details, and more support for my project and argument, as well as over 150 photocopied pages of original research. I learned about power dynamics at the magazine and the ways in which photographers could push but never break editorial policy. I not only gained a better understanding of the deliberate political decisions behind Life’s policies but also interpersonal dynamics—who drank too much, who hated the boss’s wife, and who felt left out. The information I gained from working in the Time Inc. and Billings archives will be the backbone of my dissertation, but perhaps more importantly the deeply personal nature of this collection put me in contact with the people at Life, not only as political ideologs but as richly human, which is the stuff that makes the writing and reading of history worthwhile.
Master's Student in Applied Women's Studies
Award Amount: $307
Walking with the People of the Revolutionary Autonomous Communities (RAC), A Short Documentary About Courage, Community Organizing and Anarchy in Los Angeles
I plan to investigate the complexity of how documentary filmmaking is both a cinematic production process and a type of political enterprise. Essentially, why is the documentary a project synonymous with art and activism? Albert B. Friedman’s appreciation for visual culture is perfectly honored in the spirit of this documentary project. My work shall be in the service of the people that have organized around the MacArthur park area to oppose issues of social injustice such as police brutality, urban hunger, and homelessness. The philanthropy of this anarchist organization is the essense of this observational documentary, 30 minutes in length. They refer to themselves as the Revolutionary Autonomous Communities of Los Angeles.My objective is to showcase RAC’s members in political action, as well as pay tribute to the constituents of RAC’s campaigns and programs through an empowering visual culture representation. How can documentary visual culture streamline the revolutionary work for social justice in the Los Angeles area that RAC has organized? How is the documentary a medium with revolutionary potential to drastically alter the representations of social justice movements on the web?
Danielle (Sami) Poindexter
Master's Student in Applied Women's Studies
Award Amount: $2,000
Practicum in Advocacy at the 55th Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations
This semester I was one of twenty-three women throughout the United States accepted to attend the Practicum in Advocacy (sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom) at the United Nations 55th Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarter in New York City. The Commission on the Status of Women (or CSW) is an annual opportunity for UN entities, member states, and NGOs to interact and collaborate on ways to promote gender equality throughout the world. As an official NGO delegate to CSW 55, I was able to attend a week’s worth of meetings and talks presented by United Nations entities such as UN Women, UNFPA, UNICEF, and UNDP, UN member states, and international NGOs. Since this year’s CSW was also the official launch of UN Women (a newly established umbrella branch of the UN consisting of DAW, INSTRAW, OSAGI, and UNIFEM), I was witness to many of the meetings that established the protocol for UN Women’s interaction with local, in-country NGOs. In fact, at all but the most official meetings, I was able to voice my opinion and be a part of the process. The openness of the CSW structure also presented me with countless opportunities to network with other NGO delegates, UN representatives, diplomats, and government officials. Attending the Practicum in Advocacy also provided a space where young women in Women and Gender Studies programs from all over the country could meet and exchange ideas. Consequently, through the Practicum, we were able to debrief, critically analyze, and, of course, network. As a result, we were all able to brainstorm concepts for the advocacy projects that we are expected to complete on our return home. I am currently working on a project that will increase awareness in the Inland Empire about the several international agreements established by the UN to benefit women including the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), both of which the U.S. has yet to ratify.
Master's Student in Applied Women's Studies & Doctoral Student in Politics and Policy
Award Amount: $1,000
Behind the Glitter: An Immigrant Restroom Attendant in the Las Vegas Club Scene (paper will be presented at the International Conference on the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences in New Orleans, LA in July 2011)
The purpose of the study was to investigate the political economy of immigrant women working as restroom attendants that many times go unnoticed in the glitz, glamour, and gleaming lights of Las Vegas. The landscape of the ethnographic study consisted of night clubs operating within the Hotels and Casinos in the Las Vegas Valley. The methodology comprised of weekly extensive field observations, interviews, and note taking over the course of a semester. These women working in the restrooms have an empowering story of feminist agency to tell despite the Western connotation of the subjugated domestic or service worker in the United States. Positioning the subject of my research within the framework of a sojourner demonstrates she exemplifies the notion of thinking outside of a binary system, and exercises feminist agency as she determines her life journey ceasing the opportunities before her, in order to facilitate reaching her fixed goals for advancement.
Doctoral Student in Cultural Studies
Award Amount: $850
Presentation of paper entitled "How Enjo Kosai/Juvenile Prostitution was Forgotten in Japan" at the 106th annual national conference of the American Sociological Association in Las Vegas. Research Trip to Okinawa to meet a Scholar who has studied Enjo Kosai and to exchange our thoughts.
This summer, I plan to visit Okinawa to meet a Japanese scholar, Koji Maruta, who has studied and researched Enjo Kosai. I recently contacted him for my research project and he is willing to discuss with me his research. I used his book for my thesis and other papers and his research is related to my dissertation project. Also, because my paper, entitled "How Enjo Kosai/Juvenile Prostitution was Forgotten in Japan", has been accepted for presentation at the national conference of the American Sociological Association in Las Vegas during August, meeting with him will help me gather more detailed information.