Grad student Stephen Meyers has been putting the printing presses to work with articles stemming from his dissertation project on disability rights organizations in Nicaragua. He recently heard from Qualitative Sociology that his paper tentatively titled, “The Social Model of Disability under the Shadow of the Revolution: Ex-combatants negotiating identity in Nicaragua” has been accepted for publication. He has also received news that his paper, “Civil Society as Megaphone or Echo Chamber?” has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society. Congratulations Stephen!
Ph.D. Liberty Walther Barnes discusses her research on the invisible epidemic of male infertility and her new book, “Conceiving Masculinity: Male Infertility, Medicine, and Identity” with NBC News- Today.com
Laura Pecenco’s dissertation, “Paint in the Can: Creating Art and Gender in Prison,” is a multi-method analysis of the diverse ways in which gender is performed by men in prison art programs. As part of her dissertation research, Laura has launched a prison art program called Project PAINT: The Prison Arts INiTiative. This program began in March 2014 and was recently featured in CityBeat’s cover story http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/article-12952-the-push-to-get-arts-in-corrections-back-behind-bars.html (and here is how it looks in the actual magazine: http://npaper-wehaa.com/sdcitybeat/#2014/04/30/?article=2215535). The program is operating at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility every Monday and Wednesday night, and the prisoners are working on five large paintings on wood panels (8×7′), which will go into the five visiting rooms that the institution has. They will be rotated, so that there will be beautiful new art on a regular basis. These paintings will provide great backdrops for photos and will liven up the spaces in which loved ones are able to visit.