On Oct. 29 in the Cosby auditorium, Spelman College promoted excellence in scholarship during Global Research: Transcending Disciplinary and Cross-Cultural Boundaries. Representing diverse backgrounds, Faculty Research Day provides an opportunity for faculty to present their research to colleagues and students. Among the wide array of interesting presentations were “Across the Borders: Hip Hop Cultural Influence in East Asia,” by Xuexin Liu, Ph.D., associate professor in the department of world languages and literature; and “Romanticizing the Foreign White ‘Other’ in Salvador, Brazil,” by Erica Lorraine Williams, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of sociology and anthropology.
Students had the opportunity to learn about emerging technologies, during weeklong activities that featured top-tier companies including Google, Microsoft and EA Games. Sponsored by the department of computer science, Geek Week featured representatives from the technology firms that were on hand for meet and greets and information sessions, which provided hands on experience for students to interact with new technology and build mobile applications.
The Spelman community joined President Beverly Daniel Tatum for the “Going Global: Black Women Business Leaders” speaker convocation on Tuesday, Oct. 26. Hosted by LEADS at Spelman, the convocation was part of the Leaders on Leadership Series and featured Edith Cooper, partner and managing director at Goldman Sachs. Cooper is the global head of human capital management at Goldman Sachs, and spent a combined 10 years at Morgan Stanley and Bankers Trust, structuring and marketing derivatives.
The winner of the October Test Your Knowledge contest is alumna Naimia Kearney, C’2004, a patent examiner of semiconductor devices for the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. Kearney, a native of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., who currently resides in Alexandria, Va., correctly identified 1932 as the year Spelman was initially accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges. She will receive Spelman paraphernalia.
Who was the first Spelman student to become a missionary to Africa and to what part of Africa did she travel in what year? Please send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org to qualify to win such gifts as tickets to Spelman events, books by Spelman authors and Spelman paraphernalia.