Saturday, September 21, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
“Dictatorship Declassified: Researching State Violence in Latin America’s ‘Archives of Terror’"
-Betsy Konefal, Associate Professor of History
Discoveries of enormous caches of official documents produced by security forces in Argentina, Paraguay, and Guatemala have opened up possibilities for research on Cold War-era human rights histories in Latin America. Drawing on these digitized archives, faculty and undergraduate students at William and Mary have spent the last five years investigating histories of state repression and analyzing and assembling primary documents for use as evidence in human rights trials in Argentina. Working with the National Security Archive in Washington, D.C., we have mined declassified records from Alfredo Stroessner’s “Archive of Terror” in Paraguay, and have worked in tandem with archivists in formerly classified files of the intelligence police of the Province of Buenos Aires; we have also done parallel investigations into Latin American dictatorships using declassified U.S. government records from the State Department and U.S. intelligence agencies. The talk will focus on faculty-student research in these archives and discuss the project’s contributions to human rights histories and to on-going prosecutions.—Small 111
“Emerging Adulthood: The Pursuit of Excellence, or Calm? “
—Dr. Kelly Crace, Associate Vice President for Health & Wellness and Executive Assistant Professor of Psychology
This session explores the elements of authentic flourishing. We will examine how today’s young adults are vulnerable to drifting into a “triangle of languishing”, ironically because of something right and wise about them, and how many of the strategies we use to promote excellence actually get in our way. This program will highlight a values-based model designed to promote authentic flourishing at an individual and community level, and how parents can facilitate this process during the college years. —Andrews 101 (rear of PBK Hall)
“Traffic Control: Adventures in Nuclear Transport”
—Liz Allison, Professor and Chair, Department of Biology
Ever been stuck in gridlock or unsure of which road to take? You’re not alone―cells face similar problems in coordinating the movement of cell components to the right place at the right time. This talk will give an overview of ongoing student research in the Biology department on a problem of fundamental biomedical significance―trafficking of proteins into and out of the cell nucleus. Cells are divided into two major compartments: the nucleus, where genetic information is stored and processed, and the cytoplasm, where proteins are synthesized to carry out essential functions. Undergraduate researchers have made groundbreaking contributions in the area of mechanisms regulating traffic control of the thyroid hormone receptor. The thyroid hormone receptor is a regulatory protein that turns target genes on or off in response to thyroid hormone. Disrupted traffic control in cells may contribute to the development of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. Recent work by undergraduates has provided important insight into the mechanism of thyroid hormone receptor nuclear import and export, and has revealed that its traffic patterns and signals are much more complex than originally thought. —ISC 1127
“The Pigness of the Pig: An Anthropologist Looks at Local Food”
—Dr. Brad Weiss, Professor of Anthropology and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Contemporary American public culture has seized on the significance of food as a social, economic, and political force. In issues as diverse as environmentalism and public health; international development and the creation of consumer tastes; new visions of lifestyle ethics and animal/human relations, food provides a means of mobilizing a wide array of energies and interests, and so it provides anthropologists with an important lens through which to assess contemporary social and cultural worlds. —Small 110
“The Tea Party Lovers, Tea Party Haters and the Future of the Republican Party”
—Dr. Ron Rapoport, John Marshall Professor, Government Department
The Tea Party movement has been underestimated since its inception—at the beginning by Democrats and more recently by establishment Republicans. Yet it continues to exercise strong influence over the Republican Party and the entire political system. What is often missed is that the Tea Party comprises a majority of active Republicans, which makes it difficult to discount. Unfortunately most work on the Tea Party has come from those who either hate it or love it, without surveying a large sample of Tea Party supporter. Based on a unique survey of more than 12,000 Tea Party activists and a nationwide survey of Tea Party and non-Tea Party Republicans, I will explore the role of the Tea Party in the Republican Party, reasons for Republican divisions, and the medium and longer term implications for American politics.—Millington 150