Watch the 2016 Roundtables!

Check out the posters here.



Friday, April 29th:

  • "Artists in Action" Roundtable with Courtney Bowles and Mark Strandquist, 12:00PM, Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, 75 Waterman Street, Room 229 (Memorial Room)
  • Senior Public Art Night (feat. Class Coordinating Board 2016), 6:00-8:00PM, Leung Family Gallery (Campus Center)
    • Check out Alif Ibrahim's video here.

Saturday, April 30th:

  • 10:00-11:20AM:
    • Roundtable: From Campus to Nation, Cities, and Migration, Kasper Multipurpose Room (Campus Center)
      • Anamaria Meneses Leon, Housing Rights and Resistance: A Comparative Study in Kathmandu and Santiago
      • Aida Patricia Palma Carpio, Chinese "Paisanos" in Guadalajara, Mexico: A South-South Perspective on Transnational Migration; faculty advisor: Matthew Gutman
      • Aanchal Saraf, Safe Space Map
    • Roundtable: Narratives in Social Innovation, Petteruti Lounge (Campus Center)
      • Fiora MacPherson, Student Language Exchange; advisor: Lizzie Pollock
      • Jessica Brown, 1vyG
      • Stanley Stewart, 1vyG
      • Neharika Goyal, Intellectual Property Laws in Social Innovation: What Does it Mean to Own an Idea? faculty advisor: Mark Suchman
      • Kavia Khosla, Social Innovation Fellow
    • Roundtable: Multimedia, History, and Narratives, Memorial Room (Campus Center)
      • Isabelle Thenor-Louis, In Our Own Words: The Production of Black National News; faculty advisor: Sherine Hamdy
      • Pia Brar, Artivism and India; faculty advisor: Michelle Bach-Coulibaly
      • Michelle Johnson, "Who Speaks for Chicago?" Civil Rights, Community Organization and Coalition, 1910-1971; faculty advisor: Françoise Hamlin
      • Charlotte Biren, Representational Strategies of Andean Indigeneity in the Global Digital Sphere; faculty advisor: Elena Shih
  • 11:30-12:50PM: 
    • Roundtable on Fiction, Representation, and Imagination, Kasper Multipurpose Room
      • Paige Aniyah Morris, Race, Memory, and the Magical Real; faculty advisor: Joanna Howard
      • Mollie Forman, Children of (wo)Men: Motherhood in Apocalypse Film and Television; faculty advisor: Beverly Haviland
      • Lo Smith, Bid Lot 1951; faculty advisor: Leigh Tarentino
    • Roundtable: Scientists Critiquing Science: Grounding Our Research in Subjectivity, Petteruti Lounge
      • Ryan Greene, Figures: visual poetry rooted in infectious disease biology; faculty advisor: Thalia Field
      • Sophie Duncan, Towards a more inclusive herbarium specimen: What botanical specimens can tell us about the history of colonialism; faculty advisor: Iris Montero Sobrevilla
      • Tariq Cannonier, How Are We Embodied?; faculty advisor: Catherine Kerr
  • 1:00PM-2:20PM:
    • Roundtable: Engaging Bureaucracy, Kasper Multipurpose Room
      • Yousef Hilmy, Underground Coffee Co.; advisor: Tim Shiner
      • Katharine Murphy, Underground Coffee Co.; advisor: Tim Shiner
      • Oludolapo Akinkugbe, And Then There Was One...; faculty advisor: Arlene Cole
      • Ashley Batson, Sexual health knowledge and care among LGBTQ students at Brown University: A mixed-methods analysis; faculty advisor: Cynthia Rose
      • Morayo Akande, Promoting Smoking Cessation within the Rhode Island Homeless; faculty sponsor: Patricia Cioe
    • Roundtable: Whose Story, Whose Voice? The Power and Importance of Storytelling, Petteruti Lounge
      • Niamh Sheehan,  Making Sense of the Difficult Past; faculty advisor: Magdalena Gross
      • Jonatan Perez, Public Humanities: Bridging Academia and the Public Education of History; faculty advisor: Monica Martinez
      • Emma Hall, Funny Face Productions; faculty advisor: Laura Snyder
      • Anna Martin, Brown University Storytelling
  • 2:30PM-3:50PM:
    • Roundtable on Student Activism, Institutional Change, and "Diversity," Petteruti Lounge
      • Kristina Lee, "You Can't Stop the Revolution" Group Independent Study; faculty advisors: Naoko Shibusawa & Elena Shih
      • Aanchal Saraf, "You Can't Stop the Revolution" Group Independent Study
      • Sana Teramoto, "You Can't Stop the Revolution" Group Independent Study
      • Naomi Varnis, "You Can't Stop the Revolution" Group Independent Study
      • Jessica Brown, "You Can't Stop the Revolution" Group Independent Study
      • Justice Gaines, "You Can't Stop the Revolution" Group Independent Study
      • Alissa Rhee, "You Can't Stop the Revolution" Group Independent Study
    • Roundtable: Reading, Living, and Resisting the New Curriculum: Revisiting Brown Conversation, Kasper Multipurpose Room
      • Wayne Byun, Brown Conversation
      • Jenna Anders, Brown Conversation
      • Manuel Contreras, Brown Conversation; advisor: Shane Lloyd
  • Poster Session, 4:00-6:00PM, Memorial Room
    • Hannah Anokye, Examining the Correlation between Obesity and Baseline Executive Function Using Objective and Subjective Measures; faculty advisor: Rachel Galioto
    • Lauren Galvan, To Be Catholic
    • Tammy Jiang, The psychological and emotional responses to traumatic injuries among urban Black men: A qualitative study; faculty advisor: Don Operario
    • Anna Pierobon, Governing the Refugee Crisis in a Divided Europe; faculty advisor: Nina Tannenwald
    • Emily Schell, China's Invisible Children: The Role of Civil Society in Migrant Education; faculty advisor: Kerry Smith
    • Alexx Temeña, Mindfulness-Based Coaching and Education; faculty advisors: Harold Roth & Alan Harlam

Sunday, May 1st:

Senior Exchange 2016 Presenters:


Paige Aniyah Morris

Paige Aniyah Morris is from Jersey City, New Jersey, and is double-concentrating in Literary Arts and Ethnic Studies. Her capstone in Ethnic Studies examines Black participation in the Korean pop culture (K-pop) fandom as it is informed by Black Americans’ relationships to race, history, and culture, while her honors thesis in Literary Arts is a collection of short stories in the magical realist tradition that follows four young women of color navigating violence, womanhood, and diaspora with the help of witchcraft, ghosts, killer bees, and other forms of magic. Paige wants to link conversations about race and history with creative practices like writing and other art-making. She also wants to talk about K-pop, always.


Anna Martin

Anna is from Bethesda, Maryland and concentrates in history. She's spent the majority of her time at Brown learning how to listen: leading the Brown University Storytellers, Brown's first and only performance storytelling group, with inspiring co-presidents and storytellers for the past three years, she's constantly in awe of the power of connecting through narrative. She also tells stories herself, and next year will join storytelling nonprofit The Moth as a producer.


Emma Hall

Emma is an Education Studies concentrator from Sheridan, Wyoming. She serves as a Lead Peer Educator for Brown Health Promotion's Sexual Assault Peer Education program and tutors a six-year-old through Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment. Outside of school, she runs her own theatre production company for middle and high schoolers, which harnesses the performing arts as a tool to foster positive learning communities; she's excited to share the work of Funny Face Productions at Theories in Action 2016. Her interests include frolicking in the Big Horn Mountains with her doggy, riding horses, singing to her cat, playing and attempting to play the violin and mandolin, respectively, and making good food to eat with good friends. Following graduation, she will work for The Global Education and Leadership Foundation, located in Gurgaon, Haryana.


Ryan Greene

My name is Ryan and I'm a senior studying Health and Human Biology and Literary Arts. "Figures" has been a way for me to think about how to poetically examine both the science and history of infectious disease biology. Working on this capstone project has allowed me to simultaneously explore aspects of biology that I find beautiful while grappling with the ways in which biological research has been (and continues to be) used as a tool of violence. Some of the questions I've been thinking about are: -How can I adopt biological mechanisms as poetic constraints? -What does poetry look like when it looks how "science" is supposed to look? -How does imagining science as "objective" mask the personal histories associated with research and discovery? -Does poetry have an answer?


Morayo Akande

I have worked closely with the Rhode Island homeless community for two years. My project is a culmination of the research lessons I've learned in the classroom and communication skills I have gained from being a part of the homeless-serving community.


Aanchal Saraf

Aanchal is from Houston,TX but has made Providence her home these past few years. She is double concentrating in Geography and Ethnic Studies, which may explain her deep commitments to spatial and racial justice. She continues to imagine a better, more inclusive world and hopes that her work can contribute to that vision.


Colin Blake  

Colin is from Richmond, Virginia concentrating in Africana Studies. His project focuses on Queer Rights in Jamaica, analyzing the issue through spatial boundaries, queer theory, and a human rights framework. With this research, he hopes to converge his personal life and academic pursuits in a way that will be beneficial to himself and those like him.


Mollie Forman  

Mollie is a senior from New York City concentrating in American Studies with a focus on gender and sexuality in popular culture. She is a Writing Fellow who has served on the editorial board of both Post- and bluestockings magazine, and dreams of programming the Edinburgh Film Festival at some indeterminate point in the future. Her honors thesis explores the role of the mother in apocalypse film and television, attending to issues of repression and representation in one of the oldest genres of them all.


Jonatan Pérez

Jonatan Pérez ’16 is a Tejano from Fort Worth studying History and Ethnic Studies. In the fall he will commence a Ph.D. in Latin American History at Stanford University, where he plans to study the long history of Mexican-U.S. relations to chart how diplomatic policies influence the daily life of migrants.


Sana Teramoto

Sana studies an independent concentration in Educational Neuroscience. As a member of the GISP "You Can't Stop the Revolution," Sana approaches the discussion on institutions of higher education from their studies of neurocognitive development as well as their experiences of navigating the university administration. They like to think about the impacts of injustices on people's holistic development and how to realize a school where everyone's development is fully supported.


Aida Patricia Palma Carpio

Aida is an immigrant to the United States originally from Guadalajara, Mexico. She is concentrating in International Relations with a particular interest in China and Latin America and the Caribbean, social justice movements, human rights advocacy, and migration. Consolidating these interests, she seeks to understand the flow of Chinese immigration to Mexico as a case that speaks to South to South migratory flows over long distances that encourage immigrant long-term settlement in the Global South.


Yousef Hilmy

Yousef is graduating with a BA in English and is participating in a round table about Engaging with Bureaucracy, in which he'll present his experience co-founding and managing The Underground, a not-for-profit, student-run coffee shop.


Charlotte Biren

Charlotte Biren is a senior from Los Angeles concentrating in Development Studies and Latin America Studies. Her research focuses on the intersection of digital media and indigenous identity construction in the neoliberal era. After spending time in Ecuador, Charlotte became interested in exploring methods of indigenous self-representation and movements of revisionist history that have emerged through digital platforms.


Fiora Macpherson

Fiora is an English concentrator, who has spent her time at Brown working in cultural engagement and language learning. As co-founder and current director of the Student Language Exchange, she has advocated for greater diversity and representation in college language learning and global studies. She also founded, a platform for students to sell their art and tell their story. Her greatest achievement at Brown was a solo hike across Spain.


Sophie Duncan

Sophie really loves plants and thinking about their context and history. She is really interested in questioning scientific practices accepted as standard and the narratives of exploration and discovery that form the foundation of natural history.


Ashley Batson

Ashley is from Glen Gardner, NJ and is a Public Health concentrator. For her senior thesis, she investigated sexual health knowledge and behaviors as well as interactions with health care providers among LGBTQ undergraduates at Brown.


Hannah Anokye

Hannah is a New York native with a love for the intersection of psychology and neuroscience. She studies Science and Society with a focus on “Culture and the Brain," and Africana Studies. After failing at an attempt to turn a public health fellowship into a psychology research opportunity, she found herself instead interning in Neuropsychology department of Rhode Island Hospital. Through this experience she has been able to apprentice and conduct research with the director of the program at Brown Medical School and gain valuable experience in a rare clinical practice. Her poster called “Examining the relationship between executive dysfunction and body mass index among adults with obesity,” is based on a preliminary study that aims to contribute to more specific and effective weight loss solutions that can improve overall health and quality of life for individuals with obesity.


Naomi Varnis

Naomi is an Africana Studies concentrator from Houston, Texas. Her work has been focused on empire, alternative histories and the politics of Black women's hair. She is preoccupied with Black imagination, the power of radical love and queer young adult fiction.


Lauren Galvan

Poster Title: To Be Catholic...Four Years of My Life's Project

Born and raised in South Texas, Lauren is pursuing an Independent Concentration in Mental Health and Healing. Her TiA poster depicts her journey as a young Catholic woman at Brown. In the Fall of 2016, Lauren will matriculate into Brown's Warren Alpert Medical School as a member of the M.D. Class of 2020. She is excited to integrate her faith into her studies and also asks for your prayers as she continues discerning her vocation.


Tammy Jiang

Tammy is a public health concentrator from Brooklyn, NY. She is interested in examining how social and economic conditions shape mental health conditions. Following graduation, Tammy will pursue a Master of Public Health at Brown and plans to pursue a PhD in social epidemiology afterwards.


Anna Pierobon

I am originally from Ronchi dei Legionari, a small town in the North East of Italy. I left home at sixteen to go to UWCSEA, in Singapore. Since a young age, I have been very interested in migration, both for the proximity of a center for the detention of illegal immigrants next to home and because I am a travelling soul myself. During my time at Brown I started being progressively interested in when migration is not a voluntary decision, as my moving around the world as always been. Therefore, in these past years at Brown I have focused on forced migration and international protection in Europe. My thesis in political science looks at how the European governance divide is hindering the region's effectiveness in providing effective international protection to individuals in need during the current refugee crisis.


Alexx Temeña

Alexx focuses on understanding ~how to live a fulfilled life~ from the perspectives of neuroscience, psychology, contemplative studies, and education. This year, she developed a mindfulness-based mentoring and curriculum design platform with a mission to help others live lives of purpose and fulfillment, and to create experiences that allow practices of wellbeing to be accessible to all.


Emily Schell

My thesis, "China's Invisible Children: The Role of Civil Society in Migrant Education," focuses on the intersection of civil society (as well as the state-civil society relationship) with migrant educational inequality in China. This thesis is a culmination of many years of work with children, particularly from migrant backgrounds and at the early childhood level, and many late nights struggling over my Chinese textbooks (on the bright side, that was really worth it). While this thesis focuses on China and a specific marginalized community, many of the trends and broader takeaways apply to those working in the nonprofit sector to combat unequal education across many national contexts. Whether you are interested in China or just in hearing me talk about the thing that has kept me locked in the Scili for this long, I hope to see you at TiA!