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2018-2019 Diversity Scholars Research Showcase, TODAY! Everyone is invited!

Contributed by Michelle Rios-Dominguez on 04/14/19 

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Come join us in a reception on April 15th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to hear about the dynamic research of the Ithaca College 2018-2019 Diversity Pre-doctoral Scholars. The presentations will be distributed throughout the two hours and there will be opportunities for questions and conversations over wine and appetizers with a backdrop of the inspiring art of the Handwerker Gallery. 

Featured Scholars:

Donny Bellamy
Women’s and Gender Studies
School of Humanities and Sciences

Donald Bellamy (Donny) is a doctoral candidate in the Women and Gender Studies program in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. His research meets at the intersections of feminist theory, Black trans* studies, queer of color critique, and masculinity studies. His most recent project titled, “Tumblr Saved My Life”: An Interdisciplinary Investigation of how Black Trans-Masculinity Operates through Tumblr, utilizes participatory ethnography to learn about the lives of Black trans-masculine individuals.

Alex Blue V
Music Theory, History, and Composition
School of Music

Alex Blue is a doctoral candidate in Ethnomusicology at University of California at Santa Barbara. He is interested in the intersections of sound, race, technology, and space, and his research on these topics has been published in Current Musicology and presented at a multitude of conferences across the United States and Europe. His upcoming dissertation illuminates the use of hip-hop as a radical tool for spatial reorientation and reimagining, as a medium for alternative forms of community organization, as a strategy for subverting and decolonizing maps drawn through systemic racism, and as an emergent counter-archive and counter-narrative in contemporary Detroit, Michigan.

Vanessa Lynn
School of Humanities and Sciences

Vanessa Lynn is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at Stony Brook University. To understand personal troubles from a historical and sociological view of society. Teaching courses of sociology of crime and punishment and criminology at Stony Brook University, SUNY and Hunter College, CUNY, she integrate a concern for marginalized populations and diverse communities and understand the deep historical issues that still affect them today. She also bring attention to the strengths of communities impacted by the criminal justice system, as well as focusing on alternative solutions. As a teacher, Vanessa strives to help her students become critical thinkers and raise their consciousness of social justice.

Carlos Roberto Ramírez
Music Theory, History, and Composition
School of Music

Carlos Roberto Ramírez is a doctoral candidate in Musicology in the Department of Music at Cornell University where he is a Graduate School Dean’s Scholar. Originally from Puerto Rico, Carlos earned a Bachelor of Music, and Master of Music in Music History and Historical Keyboard performance at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance (Philadelphia, PA). Broadly, Carlos’s research explores the intersections of music, structures or power, and agency. His dissertation—Digitizing Polyphony: Luis Venegas de Henestrosa’s “Libro de Cifra Nueva,” Keyboards, and the mediation of sound in Early Modern Spain—aims to re-contextualize this keyboard book from 1557 within the narrative of Early Modern music pedagogy, highlighting the relationship between vocal and instrumental practice to demonstrate how humanist ideas introduced in Spain during the sixteenth century positioned musical praxis as a socio-cultural tool capable of shaping subjectivity and creating identity.

Zohreh Soltani
Art History
School of Humanities and Sciences

Zohreh Soltani is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History at the State University of New York at Binghamton. She completed her MA in Architecture at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey in 2011. Her research interests include modern architecture of Iran, public space and power relations, and socio-political transformation of space in post-conflict societies. Her dissertation will examine the reflection of the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the proceeding Iran-Iraq war on public architecture of Tehran by examining specific sites that have been transformed in that moment.

Monday, April 15th, 2019
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Handwerker Gallery,
Gannett Center

Center for Faculty Excellence
Office of the Provost
School of Humanities and Sciences
School of Music


For more information or to request accommodations, please contact Michelle Rios-Dominguez, or (607) 274-3041

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