The Hightower Symposium constitutes the culminating event of students' academic development within the Anthropology and Sociology major. Hightower provides a challenging public occasion for senior majors to present their Senior Integrated Projects (SIPS, formerly known as Senior Individualized Projects) to their own student "colleagues," to faculty, parents, and internship supervisors.
The Hightower Symposium began out of a conviction that Dr. Raymond Hightower's life, professor at Kalamazoo College from 1934 to 1971, can remain a particular source of inspiration within the Anthropology and Sociology major.
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The Hightower Symposium was not held in 2020 and 2021.
Both climate change and the rise of the far-right across America in the twenty-first century have the potential to increase radicalization and collective action. As the effects of climate change increase, some may find answers in far-right ecologism, which encompasses the frames and ideologies, individuals, and groups associated with both far-right rhetoric and environmental action and concern. Using a framework of social movement theory, I analyze the characteristics of far-right ecologism to see if it can be considered a social movement, which is important because of its tendency towards violence as well as its future relevance.
Charter schools have been a booming industry in recent years, especially in the city of Chicago, where there are advertisements marketed all around the city from the public trains and buses to billboards on the highway. Charter schools have also been a part of bigger conversations that deal with education reform and the debate if public schools are good for children or are public schools harming them. These conversations have become very prevalent in the media so much so that the ABC sitcom, Abbott Elementary, tackled the charter school conversation by showing an exaggerated scene of charter schools publicly shaming public schools in their advertisements.
Although charter schools seem to be harmless, there are issues that charter schools hide behind the discipline, as they use discipline as a way to “straighten children up” in order for them to be prepared for college and society. Discipline becomes an issue when there is a constant backlash on the harsh punishment given to students over small issues, like tardiness. Charter schools also are key when looking into the privatization of education. Who deserves a good education and why are public schools not worthy of the title of “good” education? Charter schools using their tools to market brings in more enrollment, leading to less enrollment and negative light shined on public schools. It leads to many children who depend on their neighborhood public schools not receiving the education they deserve because of the lack of funding, or the closing of their schools.
BIPOC Educational Spaces: An Analysis of Personal Experiences Working in Kalamazoo Public Elementary Schools is a telling of stories from my time as a childcare worker in Kalamazoo Public Schools. It includes anecdotes from coworkers and other faculty members centering the school system as a BIPOC educational space and connecting theory around a set of themes.
(Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2023) Le, LamPhuong
International outsourcing in the past few decades has emerged as a common practice among developed countries that outsource production to third-world countries whose labor cost is just a fraction of what they pay at home. Firms often choose labor-intensive industries when utilizing this service abroad. In Vietnam, many American textile firms allocate more capital to the Vietnamese labor force for a cheaper cost. This paper seeks to analyze this instance with the use of the Heckscher-Ohlin Model in an attempt to give recommendations to the Vietnamese economy regarding this popular phenomenon. This paper first gives an overview of the Heckscher-Ohlin Model together with international outsourcing along with a more in-depth analysis of the practice of outsourcing in the United States and Vietnam. By analyzing the capital and labor movement between two countries in the textile industry, this paper hopes to shed light on the practice that is long believed to be beneficial for the economy. The conclusion of this paper recommends that even though providing outsourcing services to developed countries might have promising advantages such as an increase in GDP or employment rate, overuse of this practice will eventually result in consequences that could potentially be detrimental to the textile industry of Vietnam in specific, and the entire country’s economy in general.
(Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2023) Nathwani, Maya K. B.
On August 4th, 1972, Asians in Uganda woke up to a nightmare: they had 90 days to leave the country, an order put in by Idi Amin, the President of Uganda. The expulsion left a large part of Uganda’s population under extreme duress. Uganda was their home and had been their home for multiple generations. All Ugandan Asians were forced to leave their homes, their livelihoods, but where would they go now that they had no home? If they were British citizens or British Protectorates, they became refugees but if they were Ugandan citizens, they became stateless. And regardless of their citizenship status before the expulsion, they lost their identity as Ugandans and were forced to obtain another in order to survive. As they dispersed to all parts of the globe such as England, Canada, and India, the communities, and identities they had built in Uganda would forever be changed. Belonging to a community or to a nation are feelings that help create an identity, both as an individual and a community. But how can you form and maintain an identity if that belonging is forcefully taken away? This research, and its findings from the conducted interviews, in conjunction with current literature surrounding the expulsion and theories of belonging, individual and national identity, and community, answer this main question, showing how that even through losing their homes, Ugandan Asians were able to rebuild and maintain communities and reform their identities post expulsion.