Caroline Berz, Kanku Kabongo, and Marlin Kann
The 19th Amendment–Equality Unrealized: A High School Curriculum
The Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) cluster, made up of three experienced teachers, aims to use Schlesinger’s resources to create core curricular materials for a Women’s History Course scheduled to be taught at CRLS in the 2019–2020 school year. We hope that this course will dismantle the master narrative of the 19th amendment as a sweeping success. The curriculum consists of seven units centered on key political shifts that highlight the social, cultural, and economic barriers that continue to impede full political citizenship for women across this country.
The seven units will focus on sexual education, international implications of the 19th amendment, domestic implications of the 19th amendment, Title IX, access to birth control and abortions. Each unit will end recognizing where the fight for suffrage, equal rights, and full citizenship left off, and how our students can continue the work of their predecessors.
Our research partners will be asked to scour archival sources as we collectively quilt together a tapestry of sources in order to make a unified/focused/meaningful experience for high school students. Additionally, our partners may be asked to help in more technical details which may include scanning or helping to organize a miniaturized digital archive which students may use to further their own research. The addition of a research partner will expand the reach of our cluster allowing us all to explore additional sources, building expansive curricula for our students. Research partners will gain firsthand experience building archival based curricula from experienced hands. Working with the CRLS cluster will provide insights into the methodology behind curricula development allowing our partners better understand the process and initiate the development of their own craft. Additionally, due the expansive nature of our proposal our partners will gain insight into many different collections housed at the Schlesinger.
Boston Reproductive Justice History Walking Tour Podcast
Using the archives at the Schlesinger Library, I will be creating a walking tour podcast of historic sites relating to reproductive justice battles in Boston. For this project, I define reproductive justice expansively with the hopes that the sites will demonstrate the full breadth and diversity of those touched by reproductive justice fights and educate the larger public about the many aspects that inform options, abilities, and choices around reproduction and parenting. I strive to integrate archival holdings with oral histories and narration to make the Reproductive Justice History Walking Tour Podcast of Boston as queer and as racially, economically, ability, and gender diverse as the archives make possible. A student will help me identify sites and buildings relevant to this history in the archives, map them and determine an appropriate walking tour route, and then begin the work of scripting narration and conducting oral histories for the podcast. I will both draw and build upon the student’s knowledge of the area, as well as any pre-existing archival, oral interview, and podcasting skills. The student will gain understanding of Boston area history, reproductive justice, public history as a field, and podcasting as a scholarly tool.
Mutations of Anxiety in Social and Political Life
The project is the second part of my long anxiety study. This is the "pragmatic" dimension of the study. It proceeds by looking at certain philosophical authors who have either used anxiety as a sign of social decay or as a direct theme in light of political participation (and paralysis). I will need the research acumen of my assistant(s), to find philosophical material on my authors, and ultimately on related authors. Library research, but also some editing and critical listening will be appreciated. This can give the student exposure to philosophical argumentation, to library research, as well as to stylistic concerns in writing.
Acts of Naturalization: Immigration and the Early Novel
My project argues that the study of 18th-century literature can help us reimagine legal theories of citizenship and naturalization (the rite of initiation by which outsiders are permitted the rights and privileges of national life). By returning to the period that saw some of the earliest claims to humanitarian recognition by states—the word refugee first appeared in English in 1685, the outset of the period I discuss—I show how 18th-century legal and prose fiction engaged a controversy about naturalization as a subject for aesthetic investigation and as a frame for literature itself.
I seek a student who would be interested in helping research and track down original and secondary documents related to the topic of naturalization, and immigration more generally, in the American colonies. Having an extra pair of hands while sifting through documents would be important, but I would also like a collaborator, someone with whom I can discuss the findings and someone with whom I can begin to organize documents. In addition to research, the student can expect to help with copy editing and proof-reading parts of my manuscript and helping with citational formatting.
The student will experience conducting original research on a legal and historical topic that is not easily characterizable. In trying to piece together what naturalization to and from the colonies looked like we will have to look at unusual documents—personal letters, trade laws, colonial immigration laws, naturalization papers, etc. The student would also voice their opinions and ideas, and hopefully have their opinions about immigration law and literature shaped along the way.
The Echo of Time: Music as Cultural Memory
History/Music/German Studies/Slavic Studies
I am seeking a Harvard College student interested in working as a research assistant for the months of June and July.
By way of background, I’m a critic and historian who works as the chief classical music critic of the Boston Globe. At present, I am writing a book exploring the musical commemoration of the Second World War and the Holocaust. Composers to be featured in my book include Dmitri Shostakovich, Arnold Schoenberg, Benjamin Britten, and Richard Strauss. My project will tell the stories of their experiences during the war years, but it will also develop new approaches to thinking about music as a carrier of meaning about the past. And finally, on a broader level, my book is about the ways in which art mediates our own contemporary relationships to a century of catastrophe.
The research partner will help track down and process both primary and secondary sources through the Harvard libraries but also in consultation with archives in the US and abroad. No knowledge of music is required. Knowledge of German or Russian would be helpful but is not required. Some experience doing historical research would be preferred.
This research partnership will provide a great opportunity to sharpen one's research skills, and to engage with a fascinating set of source materials. It also offers a chance for collaboration with a veteran arts critic and writer experienced in engaging readerships both inside and outside of the academic world.
Memories of the Resistance
German/Comparative Literature/Art History/Architectural History
The work on "Memories of the Resistance" requires archival research, translation, organizational, and visual work. I would welcome the opportunity to participate in the Radcliffe Research Partner program, in three potential fields of expertise; German literatures and languages/comparative literature, architecture or fine arts and art history. All of these fields are critical for the project and would substantially support the research goals and arguments of the forthcoming book. While the student would bring needed expertise to the project, they would also learn a lot about archival research, project management, visual narratives, and scholarly book production. They would be part of a team, that would make the realization of this project possible together.
The project would immensely benefit from research participation of an undergraduate student in Germanic literatures and languages/comparative literature. With this research partner, I would complete research on a number of Austrian and German resistance fighters through working with two online databases, that of the Documentary Archives of the Austrian Resistance and the German historical database system De Gruyter. This task requires advanced German reading skills, and it would introduce a qualified undergraduate student to detailed archival work. It would also introduce a student with an interest in German history to working with historical databases online and important documents of German history in the period between 1938 and 1945.
A second task, that is critical for the development and completion of the book, is selecting visuals as well as clearing copyrights. The undergraduate student helping with this visual work, would develop critical organization skills in cataloging, writing captions, and clearing copyrights, which is critical to any work in museums. These tasks are both organizational and creative; some of the work may require making lists and cataloging images, others may entail looking carefully at visual archival documents and creating the visual narrative of the book overall. Since most archives, that this book is based upon, are located in Austria and Germany, it would be beneficial if the student aiding in this endeavor would also have a background in German studies or art history with a strong background in German.
A third critical task for the project would be to work on three drawings to visualize networks of resistance. Today, through the encompassing work of the Documentary Archives it is possible to trace these connections, but visualizations of the relationships between people and places are critical for the book. The undergraduate student engaged in this work would contribute to visualizing complex historical research and would help to think through modes of representing these relationships with me.
Anna Maria Hong
Drop the Needle: Five Divas of a Disco Youth
I will be conducting research on five singer-songwriters/performers—Donna Summer, Yvonne Elliman, Deborah Harry, Joan Armatrading, and Stevie Nicks—and writing a hybrid-genre book drawing upon their biographies and my own childhood growing up in the 1970s. The project explores the challenges that female artists contend(ed) with and the strategies they invoked to succeed in an industry controlled by patriarchal and racialized interests. The book will combine consideration of these artists' music and lives with reflections on what it means to be a female writer in the 2010s.
The student would help with research, finding articles, sites, and books on these subjects; researching cross-media venues for the book's reception; building my author's website. Skills needed include graphic design/website design ability, interest in feminist research and poetry and nonfiction writing
The project will benefit from the student's skills with social media and research. The student will gain insight into the process of researching and writing a hybrid-genre book and working with a practicing writer and professor, and conducting research of interest to them. The student will augment their knowledge of the world of experimental writing across genres.
Richard P. Rogers Memory-Recovery Project
Moving from an uncatalogued photographic archive, I hope to give form through an installation and book that represent the creative process as Richard P. Rogers’ life evolved from photography to film. This will reveal a portrait of a young man, propelled to document and engage with a contemporary landscape, searching to develop a visual vocabulary, who then discovers narrative form and makes it his own.
Tasks will include the following:
- Scanning and editing photographs
- Transcribing interviews
- Editing and sequencing images for a book and exhibition
- Image and subject research
Skill sets: Basic knowledge of Photoshop and database management, such as FilemakerPro, or willingness to learn. Digital and scanning skills.
Along with helping me with the logistics of this project I will appreciate a fresh eye on material that I am very familiar with. The student will learn about archival processes as well as how to complement and transform images, interviews, and archival material into a narrative book/exhibition.
AI and Islamic Law—Courts and Canons
I am looking to hire a CS student interested in training data for beginning identification and NLP on Islamic law sources in ways that automatically extract biographical information for data aggregation and visualization on medieval Muslim judges, from Arabic texts. A student with coding skills will be given discreet problem sets in a community of developers and researchers, to aid in the fellow's research.
Zia Haider Rahman
Among the Liberals
I'm working on a book exploring class and privilege, specifically examining ways in which the so-called liberal elites (roughly speaking, top 20 percent of earners) acquire and protect their advantages and privileges.
The book will draw on a range of academic and other research regarding income and other inequalities. The student will be involved in literature research and in developing ideas with me through conversation.
A double concerto for two violins and orchestra. I will need to research other double concertos in the literature. My research assistant would research this area and review the works with me. Then the student would need to be able to do Finale copying, so I would need a student with these skills as well.
Beth A. Simmons
The Built Environment: State Presence at Border Crossings in the Modern World
Statistics/Data Science/Political Science/Geography/International Relations
Do international political borders matter in the modern world, and if so, in what ways? The globalization literature suggests that political boundaries between states matter less and less, especially as states have liberalized their markets for goods and services. But ironically, in the age of globalization states have started to erect walls at an accelerated rate. What are the politics, the economics, and the psychologies of (in)security that explain states’ and their polities’ concerns with their national borders? This project will develop a global satellite-generated database of the world’s major border crossings. These crossings—defined as the intersection of a major highway with an international political border—present an opportunity to better understand how a state and its society want to interact with their neighbors and the rest of the world.
Research partners would carry out a variety of tasks, depending on skills and interests, including: (1) helping train the computer to distinguish diplomatic and journalistic text that is “border relevant” from text that is not; (2) using Google Earth to help develop a new database of border crossings of the world; (3) assist with geospatial analysis; and/or (4) help document and geolocate border walls and fences around the world, with a special emphasis on Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Library research and manuscript editing may be needed as well.
Enter Woman Suffrage: A New History of Reconstruction America, 1865–1878
US History/Gender and Politics
Contemporaries observed after the US Civil War that “the whole country was seething with interest in the questions that relate to women.” Yet Reconstruction-era (1865–1877) scholars treat the “woman question,” understood to be women’s suffrage, as unpopular and fringe, giving it only cursory mention, if any at all. Reading the scholarship, you’d never know that women’s suffrage gripped the post-war world. My book project restores this debate to the landscape of which it was so emphatically apart. I focus not on the suffrage movement, but on the issue’s much larger political salience in post-war culture. Producing the first inventory ever made, I compile and compare where, how, and why women’s suffrage arose during Reconstruction as a lingua franca among contemporaries. In so doing, I offer a new history of Reconstruction, one with women’s suffrage at its center.
Most of this work will center on digitized sources, which will allow the student a great deal of freedom about where they work. I'll need help with newspaper searches and state legislative debates. We'll do some archival sources as well; I'll work with you here for guidance. Finally, you'll need to enter research into a database (FilemakerPro). Happy to help you as you work, with whatever questions arise.
I need to collect as much material as I can while in Cambridge for the summer (June–July), and a student researcher will be essential to maximizing productivity. My home institution does not have the library facilities of Harvard, so I need to thoroughly mine what's available to me this summer. The student will learn a great deal about how women's suffrage worked as a political issue, well before it was granted in any sizeable way. And they will learn a great deal about race and Reconstruction, the period when the nation tried to come back together after the Civil War. Finally, you'll learn how to work in digital databases and as FilemakerPro database (advance experience a plus) and hopefully have lots of fun.
Leveraging Innovation for Global Education and Literacy
The student will be working together on the following projects:
A. To take a system approach and design process to investigate and understand, system barriers to education and learning which affects hundreds of millions left behind by the system.
B. Investigate the socio-economic and gender-based barriers to education faced by girls and young women,
C. Empathize with the needs and aspiration of the target groups to identify areas of opportunity and incentives.
D. Propose solutions to accelerate progress leveraging innovative approaches, digital technologies, and tools to enable universal access to quality education and learning opportunities
The student will be working closely with our partner, UN Women, who will identify specific needs and action areas for student to investigate, who will then identify leverage points, develop actionable goals and outcome targets, isolate concepts and areas for systems intervention, to inform the development of policy and programmatic recommendations.
The student will learn:
- How to address open ended human challenge using systems methodologies
- How to analyze systems, create systems maps and identify root causes of issues
- How to research a complex human problem, obtain the necessary data, identify contextual factors, and synthesize findings to produce information and evidence-based guidelines useful to policy makers and practitioners
- How to design socio-technical solutions
- How to bridge ethical considerations with practical solutions
- How to engage with other students of different backgrounds and cultures
- How to work as a multidisciplinary team and appreciate individual strengths and areas for growth
- Exercise leadership to create outcomes with a very limited time—one semester
- Communicate results in multimedia of written text, video and audio