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Professor Whitaker Publishes Book on Women of Color in Academia

Professor Manya Whitaker (Education) is the co-editor of a new book: “Counternarratives from Women of Color Academics: Bravery, Vulnerability, and Resistance.” The book comprises contributed chapters from 28 scholars, including one from CC Professor Natanya Pulley (English), and is co-edited by Professor Eric Grollman from the University of Richmond.

As the title suggests, the book focuses on how women of color have succeeded in the academy and used their professional positions to challenge the status quo.

Congratulations to Professor Whitaker on publishing this significant volume that will provide inspiration and guidance to women of color in the academy!

Block Break Away – Iceland

A group of adventurous alumni joined Professor of Geology Jeff Noblett on a trip to Iceland and Greenland in late June and early July. By all accounts, they had a wonderful experience, touring the volcanic island, learning about its geologic history and the culture of its people.  It did rain a lot (see photos below), but the participants were prepared: the “Building on Originality” rain poncho certainly came in handy!

Block Breaks Away are wonderful opportunities for CC alumni, parents and friends to travel together with a CC faculty member to exciting locations around the globe. Recent destinations include Cuba, Peru, Jackson Hole, and Patagonia, and future trips include the Windward Islands, Wine Country of California, the Inner and Outer Hebrides, Hudson Bay, the Olympic Peninsula, Ecuador, and the 2021 Solar Eclipse in Antarctica.

Since the program’s inception in 2014, approximately 450 travelers have participated and 49 have gone on two or more journeys. A series of budget-friendly offerings for the adventurous spirit is in the works partnering with Outdoor Rec. Destinations for 2020 and 2021 will be announced soon. To keep up with offerings or to learn more about Block Breaks Away, follow this link.

Professors Published in The Conversation and HuffPost

Professor Santiago Guerra (Southwest Studies) and Professor Prentiss Dantzler (Sociology) both recently published articles in The Conversation.

Professor Guerra’s article is titled “Americans support legal marijuana – but states don’t agree on how to regulate it” and Professor Dantzler’s is “Housing discrimination thrives 50 years after Fair Housing Act tried to end it.” The latter piece was also picked up by the Huffington Post

Thanks to Professors Guerra and Dantzler for weighing in on these relevant topics!

Jeremy Zucker ’18 Releases New Record

Congratulations to Jeremy Zucker ’18 on the release of his fifth EP, “glisten!”

Jeremy was recently featured in a Billboard article, which highlights his song and video from the EP, “all the kids are depressed.” The video is a sensitive exploration of depression in young people and was shot in Colorado Springs.

Having graduated from CC in May with a degree in molecular biology, Jeremy is now preparing to headline a U.S. tour in the fall.

Rachael Meyers ’10 Gains Acclaim for “Forget-Me-Not”

Congratulations to writer, director, and actor Rachael Meyers ’10 on the success of her short film, “Forget-Me-Not.”

The film is set in Oklahoma City, Rachael’s hometown, and tells the story of a young girl dealing with the death of her mother with the help of a voice teacher. “Forget-Me-Not” won Best Drama Short Film at the North Hollywood Cinefest, and was recently featured at deadCenter Film Festival in Oklahoma City.

Rachael’s hometown paper, The Oklahoman, profiles her successes here.

In addition to her writing and directing talents, Rachael has a recurring role in “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and has appeared in several other television series as well as live theatre.