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The Uninvited Host: Telling the story of the true cost of tourism in Goa

From December 7-18, 2023, Gallery Gitanjali: Panjim Pousada in Goa will host an exhibit that was the brainchild of R. Benedito Ferrão, assistant professor of English & Asian and Pacific Islander American Studies. Entitled “The Uninvited,” it features works by Goan artist Angela Ferrão (no relation) that are the result of a collaboration that has produced, in addition to the exhibit, a printed and digital comic book. It’s the culmination of more than a year’s worth of work, mostly long distance, driven by scholarship and creativity as well as passion.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Viet Thanh Nguyen to Deliver William & Mary Lecture and Receive Hatsuye Yamasaki Prize ‘37 for Visionary Leadership

The Reves Center for International Studies, in cooperation with the Asian Centennial Committee, has announced that Viet Thanh Nguyen will deliver the 2022 McSwain-Walker Lecture. His talk, “Refugees, Language, and the Meaning of ‘America,’" will be held Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at 5pm in Commonwealth Auditorium and on Zoom.

Jason Chen and Francis Tanglao Aguas
W&M professors hone mixed-reality training to promote diverse hiring

Jason Chen, associate professor of education at William & Mary, is working with Professor of Theatre and Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies Francis Tanglao Aguas are using a grant from the National Science Foundation to create a professional development curriculum.

‘Building a Future Together’

Andrea Wright, the first Jinlan Liu APIA Faculty Research Award recipient, will study community response to green energy projects

Decadence Beyond Borders in "Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran"

Narrated and performed by Javaad Alipoor and co-star Peyvand Sadeghian, RICH KIDS loosely follows the ill-fated story of lovers Parivash and Hossein (the first, a middle-class girl, the second, one of the show’s eponymous #richkids) backwards in time, from its end in a car crash back to its beginning as seen on Instagram, the audience’s window into the couple’s narrative.

A W&M student viewing the P.K. Chen exhibit
Exhibit shares stories of first Asian students at W&M

Sumié Yotsukura ‘22 and Brian Zhao ’23 recently celebrated the installation of the exhibit, “Pu Kao Chen: Thoughts of 1923 U.S. & W&M,” at Swem Library. The exhibit was the culmination of their research project to unearth the stories of the first Asian students to attend W&M.

Migrant Workers Oil
People Are Missing: Andrea Wright Illuminates Inequities Faced by Indian Migrant Workers

The story of Indian migrant workers does not end with the individual lives of these men. It is also a product of greater systemic inequalities and power structures. “I began to see how race and nationality began to inform how workers were treated and the policies that emerged.” In a book she is currently working on, “Producing Labor Hierarchies,” Wright writes about her works analyzing labor laws and understanding the various intersections of race, class, caste, and other systems of oppression and their effects on the lives of workers in the Middle East.

“little brown gIRL:" A Fall Awakening on the Asian Centennial Stage"

Rinabeth Apostol, award-winning West Coast-based actor, educator, director and activist, opens the workshop premiere of her solo show “little brown gIRL” this Tuesday October 12 in a special two-night engagement at the Kimball Theatre.

Musicians and dancer in costume
Variety of arts is on offer at W&M for fall

A full slate of performances, writing talks and exhibitions open to the university and local communities is planned for the fall at William & Mary.

Portrait photograph of Rani Mullen
U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan: A Q&A with Rani Mullen

Rani D. Mullen is an associate professor of government at William & Mary. Her research and teaching focus is on democratization and development in South Asia, and democracy and state building in India and Afghanistan in particular.

An aerial photo of buildings among trees
W&M campus structures named for trailblazing alumni

Following a consultative and thorough process established earlier this year, William & Mary’s Board of Visitors voted Friday to rename two campus buildings and name one campus structure to honor trailblazing alumni who helped open the door for marginalized people at both the university and beyond.

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Congressman Scott outlines path to equality in virtual conversation

Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott spoke about efforts to redress longstanding racial and economic inequality and systemic racism in the United States during a virtual conversation on April 8 with students, faculty, staff and other members of the local community.

Jamelah Jacob
Jamelah Jacob '21 receives Monroe Prize

Jamelah Jacob '21 has been awarded the 2021 James Monroe Prize in Civic Leadership, which goes to “a student who has demonstrated sustained leadership of an unusual quality, leadership combined with initiative, character and an unfailing commitment to leveraging the assets of the William & Mary community to address the needs of our society.”

W&M students at the Great Wall
Eight weeks in Asia: W&M students get real-world experience a world away

Twenty William & Mary students departed for internships in Asia this summer through the Freeman Intern Fellowship Program. They returned with souvenirs in their suitcase, professional work experience on their resume and a better understanding of the career path in their future. The Freeman Intern Fellowship program places undergraduates in structured summer internship opportunities throughout East Asia. Locations include Tokyo, Beijing, Singapore, Seoul, the Philippines, and many more. Each student receives around $5,000 to defray living and travel expenses.

R. Benedito Ferrão
Ferrão receives Fulbright Award

R. Benedito Ferrão, an assistant professor of English and Asian & Pacific Islander American studies, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to India in the field of literature.