Our very own Professor of History, Richard A. Elphick, has been nominated for the African Studies Association’s Melville J. Herskovits Award for his book, The Equality of Believers: Protestant Missionaries and the Racial Politics of South Africa (Charlottesville, and London: University of Virginia Press, 2012). The Award honors the most outstanding book published in African Studies in the previous year. The winner will be announced at the annual conference this weekend.
Colloquium – Su Zheng, Li Yinbei, Ma Chengcheng, Sun Yan
Exploring Music in China’s New African Diaspora—An Innovative U.S.-China Team Research Project
This Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Location: Freeman Center for East Asian Studies
Time: 4:15 p.m.
Since the 1990s, African traders and investors have made their way to China as a result of the rapid surge of China-Africa trade. There are now somewhere between 30,000 and 200,000 African migrants living in Guangzhou. Su Zheng led a research team of threegraduate students from Shanghai Conservatory to explore music in Guangzhou’s African communities. They will present their research on various African diasporic music scenes in Guangzhou and discuss the theoretical and methodological issues that arose in this innovative cross-cultural, cross-national team research process.
Su Zheng is associate professor of Music at Wesleyan University. LI Yinbei, MA Chengcheng, SUN Yan are graduate students in ethnomusicology from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China.
An event announcement from one of my students.
We are screening A Place at the Table, a documentary produced by the creators of Food, Inc., about food insecurity in the United States today. It documents the experiences of three food insecure American families, while challenging the viewers to consider the options for ending American hunger for good.
It is that time of year again. Another November, another election. And again, I have the same gripe about voting here that I have had since moving here: there is no voting guide (for instance, my posts on Nov 6, 2012 and Oct 5, 2010). Sure, growing up in California spoiled me in many ways. Life is easy there. Warm winter days, and the mailman delivered all of the information I needed to know about primaries and elections: where to go to vote, descriptions of the candidates and issues, statements and analysis of the pros and cons of ballot measures, and sample ballots to take to the polls.
But now I live in New England. And just as they prefer their winters to be harder, they apparently prefer to make voting harder. So as a public service to anyone coming across this blog, I now provide you with a list of resources on where to find information about our local elections here in Middletown, CT. I provide this as information only. I have my own opinions about the candidates and issues, but I’ll keep them out of this post.
The City of Middletown
- If you haven’t already registered to vote,
you are too late. Butyou are not too late! Voter registration on voting day is now possible!
- To register for future elections, visit this page on the city website.
- City of Middletown Polling Locations
- A Sample Ballot
OK, so the City has much of the basic information you need. But how do you learn about the candidates and issues? This year, in Middletwon, we are voting for individuals to fill the following important positions: Mayor, Common Council, Treasurer, Board of Education, Board of Assessment Appeals, Planning and Zoning Commission, and “Planning Commission Alternate”.
To learn about the candidates, I suggest the following resources:
- Middletown Patch
- This is the only local source I have found that offers organized comprehensive coverage of local elections. Highly recommended. Specifically…
- This is the page where the Middletown Patch lists all of the candidate bios.
- This is the page that lists their “Elections” stories
- Middletown Press
- This is the local paper. They should be good at providing comprehensive election coverage. But I have never seen them do this. That said, there is the occasional article.
- Middletown Eye
- The website is not organized for easy review of the candidates, but they do have bios on many of the candidates if you are willing to dig through the blog posts.
Besides the candidates we are asked to vote on two “questions”. If we were in California we would have statements for and against each of these provided to us, plus a statement by an analyst on the implications of these decisions, plus a list of groups in favor or opposed to these measures. In Connecticut, you don’t get anything. But I have found a few news stories.
Here are the questions for voters:
1. “Shall the $1,150,000 appropriation and bond authorization for the acquisition of City-wide streetlights, poles, and related equipment, pursuant to the ordinance adopted by the Common Council on September 3, 2013, be approved?”
2. “Shall the $15,200,000 appropriation and bond authorization for the City of Middletown 2013 Road, Sidewalk, and Public Works Facilities Improvement Program, pursuant to the ordinance adopted by the Common Council on September 3, 2013, be approved?”
Most likely there will be more coverage in the media as we get closer to next week’s election. But in the meantime, this should be a start!
Some creative examples here. Just thinking a bit about next term…
Today: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Public Affairs Center 002
Sponsored by the Government Department
Professor Shanto Iyengar
Department of Political Science
Professor Iyengar presents the results of three related studies
showing that Americans today are divided even more strongly by party than by race
Dr. Shanto Iyengar holds the Chandler Chair in Communication at Stanford University where he is also Professor of Political Science and Director of the Political Communication Laboratory. He is author or co-author of News That Matters (University of Chicago Press, 1987), Is Anyone Responsible? (University of Chicago Press, 1991), Explorations in Political Psychology (Duke University Press, 1995), Going Negative(Free Press, 1995), and Media Politics: A Citizen’s Guide (Norton, 2011).