Read press release about "The Voices of Claremont Graduate University" here
The 12th CGU Student Research Conference and Art Exhibition will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2011 and is open to all students at The Claremont Colleges and beyond, hosted by the Office of Student Life and Diversity. This year, our conference committee is proud to announce that the conference theme is "The Balancing Act: Theory & Practice."
As scholars in higher education the question where to draw the line when it comes to unbiased research (theory construction) and biased day-to-day application (activism) of that scholarship can be a difficult one to answer and one we struggle with in both our individual and academic research. It is our hope that this year's conference will continue a long history of dialogue on how we as emerging scholars can actively partake in engaging both theoretical and activist approaches in higher education and daily life.
TOPICS / DISCUSSION PANELS
Scholars from a broad range of disciplines will take the time to share their work with their fellow Claremont Graduate University peers and engage in a transdisciplinary dialogue that creates new ways in which we can combine theory and practice together. Some of the topics discussed will be:
Immigration/Dream Act, Undocumented Students
Queer/GLBTQ Issues, "Youth in Crisis"
Students of Color/Issues of Color
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Traci Kato-Kiriyama
Traci Kato-Kiriyama is a multi-disciplinary artist, arts educator, community organizer and founder of the Tuesday Night Project – free public art venue and “art+community” space dedicated to presenting artists, community organizations and information for people interested in furthering their community engagement and creative work. Author of a recently-published collection of poetry, signaling (The Undeniables press), traci tours to universities, libraries and community events, presenting readings and workshops to diverse audiences, from performers to youth educators, high school students to senior citizens. A passionate theatre performer and writer, traci thrives on the challenges of collaborative creation for the stage with the likes of “Oymun” projects (with playwright Jason Oymun Fong at the GTC in Burbank and Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena); “Edge Of The World” (presented in New York and Philadelphia by the National Asian American Theatre Festival, Asian Arts Initiative and the National Performance Network); “PULL” (with Kennedy Kabasares, presented in San Francisco by PoMo at the Zeum Theater); “Collaboratory 1″ (with D’Lo, Emeka Simmons, Gabriela Lopez, Pete Lee and Shyamala Moorty for Great Leap). With a firm commitment to her cultural work, she finds great joy in working with organizations such as Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, GABNet/AF3IRM, Khmer Girls in Action in Long Beach, and the Asian Youth Center in San Gabriel. Her teaching work over the past twelve years has included a myriad of spaces, from full-length productions with Hmong student organizers in Wisconsin to discussions and performance-based writing workshops with young performers and activists all along the west coast.
And to keep on her toes, traci is currently taking on Puppet School, the blue-haired Madeleine for Shin Kawasaki’s band “The Flying Platforms”, and the launching of a new website and art+community journey with a focus on pro-peace art, education and organizing through her project, “Generations Of War."