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May 20, 2015
Blue Star Museums
The Florida Museum of Natural History is offering free admission to all fee-based exhibits for active duty military personnel and their families, beginning Monday, May 25, on Memorial Day through Labor Day, as part of the Blue Star Museums program. Free admission is available to any active duty U.S. military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps) and up to five family members. For more information on the program, including a list of participating museums and acceptable IDs, visit http://arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums/frequently-asked-questions.
Submitted by Katina Prokos, Florida Museum of Natural History
Prairie Project 2015
The Office of Sustainability is pleased to announce that the Prairie Project 2015 will be offered from Thursday, August 20 – Friday, August 21 at the beautiful and historic Thomas Center near downtown Gainesville.
The Prairie Project is a small workshop that draws together cohorts of faculty from diverse fields across the university to learn about environmental issues and sustainability and to begin the process of
incorporating sustainability into their courses. Based on a nationally successful program started at Emory University and endorsed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher
Education (AASHE), the Prairie Project provides the foundation for the development of new sustainability-infused courses or the revisions of existing course material.
Additional information about this workshop, including the call for applications and application form, is available at the following URL: http://sustainable.ufl.edu/topics/academics/curriculum-development-prairie-project/. Applications will be accepted through the end of the summer, with priority given to those applications received before July 1, 2015.
For more information, please visit: http://sustainable.ufl.edu/topics/academics/curriculum-development-prairie-project/ or contact Megan Walker-Radtke at firstname.lastname@example.org
Submitted by Megan Walker-Radtke, Office of Sustainability
Philip J. Williams Recipient of the 2015 "Jon Mills Award for Significant Contributions to Relations Between Florida and the Americas"
Philip J. Williams, director of the University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies, has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 “Jon Mills Award for Significant Contributions to Relations Between Florida and the Americas. “ Mills presented Williams with the award during the Center for Governmental Responsibility’s 16th annual Conference on Legal and Policy Issues in the Americas, held May 11 at the Levin College of Law.
“Phil has worked to further the goals of our conference in contributing to relations between Florida and the Americas,” said Mills, UF Law dean emeritus and CGR director. “He has been our partner on a major federal grant to encourage human rights programs in law schools in the Colombian Caribbean for three years. As this grant concludes, his tireless endeavors have led to the success of the project.”
Williams is also a professor of Political Science at UF. He assisted CGR in organizing the annual Americas conference in 2013-2015. He received his master’s degree in Latin American Studies and doctorate in Politics from the University of Oxford.
In addition to the Colombia project, Williams co-directs the Program for Immigration, Religion, and Social Change. He is widely published and his scholarly work has appeared in numerous edited volumes and journals. He has received a number of prestigious fellowships and grants.
Previous winners of the Mills award include: Raul E. Valdes-Fauli, Miami, Florida; Kenneth H. (Buddy) MacKay, Jr., Ocala, Florida; Alejandro Ogarrio, Mexico City, Mexico; Paulo Roberto Pereira de Souza, Maringá, Brazil; Michael Wallace Gordon, Gainesville, Florida; María Luisa Beltranena, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Jorge Santistevan de Noriega, Lima, Peru; Elizabeth Lowe & Terry McCoy, Gainesville, Florida; Daniela Trejos Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Peter J. Messitte, Greenbelt, Maryland; Stephen N. Zack, Miami, Florida; Luis María Palma, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Saint-Clair Honorato Santos, Curitiba, Brazil; Timothy McLendon, Gainesville, Florida; El Centro de Derechos Humanos del Caribe – Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia; and El Centro de Derechos Humanos del Caribe – Universidad del Magdalena, Santa Marta, Colombia.
Brenda Chalfin Selected as 2015-2016 Radcliffe Institute Fellow
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University has selected Brenda Chalfin to be a Radcliffe Institute fellow for the 2015–2016 academic year. She joins more than 50 scholars, scientists, and artists who will each pursue an ambitious individual project within the Institute’s multidisciplinary community with access to resources across Harvard.
As the Jeanne and Joseph Sullivan Human Rights Fellow, Chalfin is among only 3 percent of applicants accepted to the program.
“It is an honor to provide these innovative thinkers with time, space, and intellectual stimulation to do their best work in ways that often defy expectations and disciplinary boundaries,” said Radcliffe Institute Dean Lizabeth Cohen RI ’02. “As Radcliffe fellows, they are sure to develop unusual collaborations, take unexpected risks, and generate new ideas.”
Brenda Chalfin is a professor of anthropology and a faculty affiliate of the UF Center for African Studies. Her research brings together anthropology, geography and political economy to establish new analytic points of entry to understanding political life in contemporary African states. At Radcliffe she will complete a book manuscript exploring the shifting contours of maritime governance in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea brought about by offshore hydrocarbon extraction. Highlighting the experience of Ghana, the country at the leading edge of this petroleum frontier, her work investigates how offshore oil remakes governing practices, including the sites, strategies, institutional arrangements, and contentions of rule.
At Radcliffe, she is looking forward to dedicating herself to writing and research and sharing ideas with a broad range of scholars, artists and public intellectuals. Given the recent growth of deep water oil prospecting in West African waters, timely completion of the book project will be relevant to scholars, policy makers, activists and students of contemporary Africa.
Throughout the year, the 50 Radcliffe Institute fellows will share their ideas with one another and the public through presentations, lectures, concerts, and exhibitions.
The Radcliffe Institute has awarded more than 750 fellowships since its founding in 1999.
The full list of fellows and their projects is online at www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/fellows2015.
About the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Learn more about the people and programs of the Radcliffe Institute at www.radcliffe.harvard.edu.
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