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2020-21 Virtual Near/Mitra Scholar Salons
March 5, 10, 12, 16, 19
The Chen Lin mentors invite you to join them for the inaugural Near/Mitra Scholar Salons.

Anticipating their soon-to-be published work, this year’s scholars will present to the Harker community at individual 45-minute virtual presentations. Here’s an opportunity to dig in and hear about the research our scholars have pursued for nearly a year. We encourage students, faculty and parents to attend any or all of this year’s salons featuring 10 remarkable student projects.

After a brief introduction by their mentors, scholars will discuss the genesis of their research questions, their journeys, and the discoveries they made. An opportunity to ask questions will be provided at the end of each salon.

No registration is necessary. Just join the link below (library director Lauri Vaughan’s personal Zoom room) at the event time.
Link to Attend
We hope to see you there!

Lauri Vaughan and Donna Gilbert
Co-Chairs, Near/Mitra Scholar Program
Fri., March 5
Sophia Gottfried (Mitra Scholar) | 2:15-3 p.m.
How did the thinking of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche influence anarcho-feminist Emma Goldman’s political ideology?

Betsy Tian (Near Scholar) | 3:15-4 p.m.
How did Aaron Douglas, influenced by Alain Locke’s philosophy of value and race, defy both social and artistic conventions to re-envision the Black experience in art?
Wed., March 10
Claire Luo (Mitra Scholar) | 9:15-10 a.m.
How does the anonymous The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes and of His Fortunes and Adversities lead the way of using the early novel as a means of sociopolitical commentary in sixteenth century Spain?

Saloni Shah (Near Scholar) | 10:15-11 a.m.
How did the Nuclear Freeze campaign led by Randall Forsberg use civil engagement such as referendum campaigns and marches to transform Reagan’s military policy and halt the arms race between the U.S. and Soviet Union in the the 1980s?

Anna Vazhaeparambil (Near Scholar) | 12-12:45 p.m.
How did female journalist Nixola Greeley-Smith’s coverage of the Harry Thaw trial help advance her status in the newsroom and reflect the growing presence of women in the public sphere?

Aditya Tadimeti (Mitra Scholar) | 1-1:45 p.m.
How did the use of fire influence indigenous settlement of Australia and incite frontier conflict with European settlers?
Fri., March 12
Karan Bhasin (Near Scholar) | 2:15-3 p.m.
How was the ethnic identity of Punjabi-Sikh pioneers in California transformed under the constraints of restrictive citizenship and anti-miscegenation laws from 1917-1946? How did the intermarriage of Punjabi-Sikh men and Mexican women demonstrate the flexibility and persistence of ethnicity, and what were the challenges and benefits of sustaining this identity?

Andrew Lu (Mitra Scholar) | 3:15-4 p.m.
How pivotal a role did Soviet geopolitics from 1989-1991 have in influencing the Chinese Community Party’s political decisions regarding long-term sustainability and the survival of the People’s Republic of China?
Tues., March 16
Arusha Patil (Mitra Scholar) | 3:45-4:30 p.m.
Despite being located in the heart of Mumbai, a bustling metropolitan city often considered the financial capital of India, how has Dharavi, the largest slum of Asia, managed to maintain a unique identity while resisting redevelopment efforts from 1990 to present?
Fri., March 19
Nathan Ohana (Near Scholar) | 2:15-3 p.m.
To what extent did railroad mismanagement, speculatory line creation, and overly aggressive combinatory practices precipitate bank failures in the lead-up to the Panic of 1893?
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