This regular roundup features a selection of recent mentions of St. Lawrence University and its students, faculty, and staff in regional, national, and international media outlets.
Several faculty, an alumnus, and a current student were recently featured in local and national media outlets sharing their expertise and providing insight into academic experiences at St. Lawrence. The virtual event on Sept. 8 hosted by St. Lawrence that featured John C. Williams, the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, also garnered national media attention.
Professor of History Matt Carotenuto’s teaching and research are rooted in African history and the experience of people of African descent around the world. He recently provided an inside look into his courses and classrooms in a piece published by The Conversation on Thursday, Sept. 9.
“Teaching African history at St Lawrence University and other U.S. universities for the last 18 years has taught me that decolonising American perspectives on Africa must be a central goal of any course,” wrote Carotenuto. “I have discovered that educators from the secondary to university level have a wealth of untapped material in African sport history to use in the classroom. Presenting material in the common language of sports allows students to find a personal connection to topics far removed from their contemporary life.”
Carotenuto’s teaching and research interests are rooted in African history and the experience of people of African descent around the world. He teaches survey courses on African history and African studies, upper-division classes on constructions of identity and conflict, and seminars on colonial and urban history.
Zach Lawrence '22
Zach Lawrence ’22 spent much of his life living throughout the Rocky Mountain states. In a piece published by the Adirondack Almanack on Wednesday, Sept. 8, he shared how St. Lawrence’s Adirondack Semester helped him call the Adirondacks, “home.”
“I was lucky enough to be one of eight students of the semester in the fall of 2019,” wrote Lawrence. “By the time winter came around, I felt like a part of a new family amongst my fellow students and like a true member of the greater Adirondack community.”
Lawrence is an environmental studies major and an outdoor studies and creative writing minor at St. Lawrence.
John Collins & Somdeep Sen '07
Professor of Global Studies John Collins and Somdeep Sen ’07 drew from their new book, “Globalizing Collateral Language: From 9/11 to Endless War,” to co-author an op-ed published by the Washington Post on Friday, Sept. 10. In the piece, they provide insight into the ways in which language creates opposition and violence in global affairs.
“The two decades since the attacks of 9/11 reveal how ubiquitous the language of terrorism has become — and how this rhetoric produces collateral damage,” write Collins and Sen. “It leads to the use of violence against ordinary people, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable, and has justified the expansion of security and surveillance institutions across myriad policy issues. These findings suggest a critical assessment of the politics of language — and the manner in which it terrorizes — can make a valuable contribution to ongoing local and global struggles for justice.”
Collins is an original member of the global studies department at St. Lawrence. His course work focuses on themes of globalization, nationalism, colonialism, violence, memory, political activism, and media criticism. Among the courses he regularly teaches at St. Lawrence are Theories of Global Cultural Studies, Global Palestine, and Blogging the Globe: News Analysis and Investigative Journalism.
Somdeep Sen ’07 is an associate professor of international development studies at Roskilde University, Denmark. His research focuses include spatial politics, race and racism in international relations, liberation movements, settler colonialism, postcolonial studies and migration.
St. Lawrence Hosts Virtual Event with New York Fed President
St. Lawrence virtually hosted the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s President and CEO John C. Williams on Wednesday, Sept. 8, as part of a series of events focused on the economic outlook of the North Country. Williams' remarks were featured in several media outlets over the last week including Nasdaq, U.S. News, Market Watch, Fox Business , and the Economic Times.
In his virtual remarks, Williams said, "Assuming the economy continues to improve as I anticipate, it could be appropriate to start reducing the pace of asset purchases this year.”
In addition to his remarks, the conversation and Q & A session with Williams centered on economic trends and the outlook for the North Country in the context of his discussions with stakeholders in the region. He also took part in a moderated discussion and met with North Country leaders in business, government, education, and community development as part of the New York Fed’s ongoing efforts to assess economic conditions across the Federal Reserve's Second District.
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