Two faculty members of The College of Arts and Sciences are the recipients of an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for research on race and racialization, social justice and community engagement. Associate Professors Carol Fadda and Dana Olwan’s project “Black-Arab Relationalities: Confronting Racism, Narrating Solidarities” will examine the impact of racism and discrimination on the interconnected histories and lived experiences of Arab and Black communities living in the city of Syracuse. The project is supported by a $500,000 award from the Mellon Foundation’s Higher Learning initiative. Fadda and Olwan will use the information gathered in Syracuse to study racial politics in the United States. Read more.
Reparations for slavery. Environmental justice. Reproductive justice. Students, faculty, staff and the general public are invited to engage with these urgent topics and more throughout the spring semester thanks to the Syracuse University Humanities Center’s Syracuse Symposium. The lineup of events, which includes film screenings, lectures, concerts, exhibits, workshops and more, takes up this year’s theme of “repair.” Each program encourages participants to consider whether and when “repair” is possible, and how repair can help lead us to a more just world. Read more.
Syracuse University Libraries recently signed four new ‘read and publish’ open access agreements with Wiley, SPIE (optics and photonics), Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing and The Company of Biologists. These agreements will expand the reach of Syracuse University researchers’ scholarly contributions. Open access allows anyone to use these scholarly works free of charge and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions for further use.These ‘read and publish’ agreements will provide an opportunity for Syracuse University-affiliated authors to make their work immediately open access when published in journals published by these organizations at no cost to the author. Read more.
The Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center (SU-EFC) was selected by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to serve as a regional Environmental Finance Center (EFC) to help communities access federal infrastructure funds and continue supporting environmental and financial challenges in the communities that need it most. SU-EFC will continue serving EPA Region 2, which includes New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and eight Native Nations, and is one of 29 Environmental Finance Centers awarded to support states, local governments and Native Nations as they work to protect the environment and public health over the next five years. Read more.
Mark Monmonier, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geography and the Environment in the Maxwell School, has received the American Association of Geographers’ (AAG) Lifetime Achievement Honor. Monmonier has made “outstanding contributions to geographic research, most notably in the fields of cartography and geographic communication” as well as an “extensive record of distinctive leadership at national and international levels,” according to a release on the AAG website. Read more.