Social Justice Articles & Blogs

February 13, 2018
Editor's note: In recognition of Black History Month, we are republishing this story about Louis Clarkson Tyree, the first African-American student to graduate from Clark College, in 1912. The story was originally published in CLARK Magazine of spring 2012. If you flip to page 534 of the Clark College Monthly for June 1912...
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February 6, 2018
Clark University Research Professor Cynthia Enloe was selected for inclusion on the Gender Justice Legacy Wall, which was launched at the United Nations in December. "The work is certainly not done." Cynthia Enloe The Legacy Wall, created by the Women’s Initiative for Gender Justice in celebration of the 20th anniversary...
Molly Gurney sits on a stone fence and points at a mountain in Thailand as a villager stands by
January 24, 2018
The women of Na Nong Bong, a small village in northeastern Thailand, sell hand-woven scarves to sustain themselves and raise money for their local activist organization, Kon Rak Ban Keud (People Who Love Their Hometown). They do so with a distinct purpose: to protest a mining company they say is contaminating their...
Ousmane Power-Green speaks to a class
January 18, 2018
Clark University will host a Radical Dreaming, King, and Intersectional Activism conference, "Daring to Dream Today: Education and Hope in Difficult Times," on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19-20, to honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Ousmane Power-Greene, associate professor of history (pictured), will...
Taner Akcam stands in front of bookcases in Rose Library
January 17, 2018
Turkey has always denied the Armenian Genocide carried out by the Ottoman government beginning in 1915. While decades of scholarly research has decisively established the systematic annihilation of Armenians, the scarcity of direct evidence has allowed the Turkish government to persist in its denial.
Charline Kirongozi speaks to another student at Clark University's Fall Fest 2017
December 8, 2017
Charline Kirongozi ’18 brings multiple perspectives to her political science studies at Clark University. A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo who grew up in Portland, Maine, Kirongozi draws from her personal experiences while also learning from others. If there’s a common thread to her research, it’s that she...
Sun-Hee Gertz standing at front of audience and talking
November 20, 2017
Students, alumni, faculty and friends recently gathered to honor SunHee Kim Gertz (pictured), professor emerita and senior research scholar in English at Clark University. Throughout her career, Gertz has championed diversity and inclusion, and the scholars recognized her contributions with the Global Cultures Alumni...
Sun-Hee Gertz, right, stands and poses with her husband, Uwe Gertz
November 9, 2017
“Since third grade, I knew I would be a professor. I just didn't know of what. In fact, I didn't know which field would become my area of specialization until my first year of Ph.D. studies. Moving from chemistry to philosophy to art to literature, I finally decided on comparative literature with a focus on Western...
Darmy Bailey Fund - Clark University
October 25, 2017
The late D’Army Bailey ’65, LL.D. ’10, P ’00, was many things in his storied life: judge, activist, author, father, husband, and Clarkie. Adrienne Bailey attends the ceremony announcing the creation of a fund in her late husband's name.
Janette Greenwood stands behind student Toni Armstrong and Alice Dillon, who are seated, as they look over photos laid out on the table at the Worcester Art Museum
October 12, 2017
For several months last spring, students in a Problems of Practice history seminar at Clark University painstakingly dug through genealogical records and worked with descendants to unlock the mysteries behind turn-of-the-century photographs of African-Americans and Native Americans in Worcester. This fall, their research...
Colin Sterling - Clark University
October 2, 2017
When Dr. Richard Pietras ’69 was a biology student at Clark University, he achieved two firsts that launched his lifetime of research: his first federal funding, a National Science Foundation undergraduate student grant, and his first scientific report, in neurobiology. “The study was focused on the potential role of...
Laura Faulkner and Madelyn Bowers - Clark University
October 2, 2017
When Laura Faulkner ’10, M.P.A. ’11, reviews her list of Clark University mentors, it’s a series of dotted lines that eventually led her to her current role as a community engagement manager for Opportunity@Work’s TechHire initiative. The nonprofit social enterprise, based in Washington, D.C., pursues its mission to “...
Anthony Jreije stnaind on a beach in Beirut with buildings in background across the water
September 15, 2017
Imagine paying 90 percent of your income on rent. That’s a reality facing many residents of Beirut — and a focus of Anthony Jreije’s research into the politics of gentrification in Lebanon’s capital. The Clark University undergraduate’s project has been supported by Steinbrecher and Condakes fellowships and the LEEP Center...
Crystal Tang, Clark University
September 13, 2017
The benefits of economic prosperity and growth are often unevenly distributed. How, for example, in a thriving city like San Francisco, can some of its citizens be so wealthy, while others struggle to maintain a decent standard of living? Clark University student Crystal Tang ’19, who has lived in the Bay Area much of her...
September 1, 2017
Clark University history Professor Taner Akçam will be honored with the 2018 Outstanding Upstander Award from the World Without Genocide organization for his tireless work promoting justice and the rule of law. World Without Genocide, housed at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, works “to protect...
Casey Bush and Eva Kor talk to each other in office - Clark University
August 31, 2017
Casey Bush ’19 remembers when she first learned about the horrors of the Holocaust. She was in fifth grade, reading “Number the Stars,” a novel about a 10-year-old Danish girl who teams up with the Danish Resistance to help her Jewish friend and others flee the Nazis in Copenhagen.
Clark students stand in a line in front of the Jose Marti Memorial in Havana, Cuba.
August 24, 2017
Cuba has often been referred to as an island nation that is “stuck in time.” However, Crystal Hill ’20, a women’s and gender studies major, was pleasantly surprised to notice that while the city of Havana included classic '50s Cadillacs and relics from years past, it also contained billboards about modern-day social...
Alexander Grayson poses for a photo at AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania where he is an intern.
July 31, 2017
With a high-paying summer internship at a prominent labor law firm in hand, but not in heart, Alexander Grayson ’18 searched for an opportunity to combine two passions: legal advocacy and public health. He discovered AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, a nonprofit, public-interest law firm providing free legal assistance to...
Arielle Pierre
June 22, 2017
“Challenge convention. Change our world.” The Clark University motto, which endorses the spirit of an extensive yet intensive learning environment, is one reason why passionate students like Geraldine “Arielle” Pierre ’19, choose Clark. As a political science major concentrating in ethics and public policy, Pierre is...
Miranda Weinstein sits in chair in library
June 5, 2017
Miranda Weinstein ’16, M.A.'17, sees a disconnect between international politics and understanding the real-world impact of policies and development. “I feel my political science background at Clark provided me with an understanding of structural inequalities and who has the power to make decisions,” she says. Weinstein,...
Courtney Thomas speaks at the podium at the alumni Reunion Dinner
May 24, 2017
Clark University President David Angel opened the May 19 Reunion Dinner noting that while returning alumni are often curious about what’s new at the University, it’s also important to recognize “the continuity of the mission and values of Clark.” Alumni gather in Tilton Hall for the annual Reunion Dinner. Speaking to...
Shelly Tenenbaum and Claude Kaitare in front of Norfolk prison
May 23, 2017
Every Wednesday this semester, Clark University Sociology Professor Shelly Tenenbaum needed to remember to leave cell phone, wallet, pen, hat and gloves behind before she went to work. She also could not wear a jacket with a hood. Her class could be postponed because of a lockdown, and a student’s absenteeism might be...
Tess Reichart standing on Main Street near Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts
May 16, 2017
Like most English majors, Tess Reichart ’17 has spent countless hours reading literature and theory, dissecting and discussing texts, and researching and writing papers. But at Clark University, Reichart also discovered the power of words to make change. Tess Reichart works with children at Fighting Words, a non-profit...
Margaret Post, Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, Clark University
May 11, 2017
Clark University’s Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise  works to connect both the university’s research and its teaching to the world of public policy making and implementation. The university is pleased to announce that Margaret A. Post will strengthen that mission when she joins the institute as a research...
Courtney Thomas
May 8, 2017
Courtney Thomas ’17 has had many learning moments at Clark University, but her favorite happened when she was teaching others. Thomas, the president of Clark’s Black Student Union, and other students presented a workshop to members of the Clark community during the MLK Racial Justice Teach-In in January. “It was such an...

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