Student News

Fall 2023 Update: 


It has been a typically busy fall in the M.A. program here at CSER. Below you will find a few items of interest!

In October, M.A. students May Niiya, Victoria Dadet, and Megan Waldau Chang attended the American Studies Association conference in Montreal. All three were impressed by the political and intellectual urgency of the proceedings, but not impressed by poutine.

Becca Young published a seminar paper as a long-form essay in Blood Knife magazine, entitled “WE’RE SIMILAR. WE’RE COMPATIBLE. WE’RE PERFECT.” The essay explores Chat GPT, contemporary dating dynamics, and internet feminism.

Mutale Nkonde participated in Senator Schumer’s Insight Panel on Privacy and Liability this semester. She testified about how to protect Black and other negatively racialized groups from their data being used against them by AI firms that focus on the development of policing and other surveillance technologies.

Also, in alumni news: 2019 MA grad Maj. Jose A. Martinez became the Chief of Training for the United States Military Academy. He is responsible for all training (military, academic, compliance, at government-mandated) at West Point.


May, Victoria, and Megan at ASA 2023

Mutale Nkonde on Capitol Hill in September

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