Center Talk! SHI & Casanova Pre-Doc Scholars Symposium





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Funded through grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the University of California Office of the President, the Bunche Center hosted its thirteenth Summer Humanities Institute (SHI) which will run until Saturday, August 17, 2013.

SHI admits high-achieving students from historically under-represented groups planning to pursue a doctoral degree in the humanities and social sciences, with a focus on the African American experience.  The 2013 cohort hails from eight different schools, primarily historically black colleges and universities.

On Tuesday, August 13th and Wednesday, August 14th, SHI and California State University Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars participants will present their research projects in a symposium at the UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles Young Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1617 [Map].

The symposium will be held in the Downstairs Lounge on Tuesday and in the Hacienda Room on Wednesday.  The symposium will run from 9:00am until noon each day.  Continental breakfast will be included.  The Center invites faculty, staff, students, and the general public to attend.  The symposium is free.

All-day parking ($12) and short-term parking (payable at pay stations) are available in Lots 2, 3 or 4 (enter the campus at Hilgard and Westholme avenues). UCLA is smoke-free and tobacco-free. The use of cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and all other tobacco products, as well as electronic cigarettes, will be prohibited on UCLA’s campus and at sites owned or fully leased by the university. For more information, please visit:

Symposium Schedule

(Click here to read the Summer Humanities Institute Symposium Abstracts)

Tuesday, August 13 – UCLA Faculty Center, Downstairs Lounge

9:00am  Continental Breakfast

9:30am  Welcome: Dr. Ana-Christina Ramon

9:35am  Opening Remarks: Dr. Darnell Hunt

Panel 1 – Moderator: Kimberly Mack


Halimat Somotan

Undergraduate Institution: Fairfield University

Harlem Renaissance as a Pan-African Phenomenon: Langston Hughes, Gladys May Casely-Hayford and the African Heritage


Amanda Powell

Undergraduate Institution: Tuskegee University

African American Women and Obesity: Linking the Past and the Present


Yasmin Ismail

Undergraduate Institution: Lincoln University of Pennsylvania

A Thin Line Between Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta, Black Situation Comedy, and Minstrelsy

10:30am  Q & A

10:45am – 11:00am  Break

Panel 2 – Moderator: Jonathan Collins


Aaron Coleman

Undergraduate Institution: Fort Valley State University

Direct Action: December 5, 1955-April 4, 1968


Bhaven Mistry

Graduate School: California State University, Northridge

Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Pressure Induced Pore Transport through an Incommensurate Channel


Scott Lydon

Graduate School: California State University, East Bay

Climate Change and the Fremont People of Utah: A Multiproxy Analysis of Climate During the Past Thousand Years for Denise Lake, Utah

11:45am  Q & A

12:00pm  Concluding Remarks

Wednesday, August 14 – UCLA Faculty Center, Hacienda Room

9:00am  Continental Breakfast

9:25am  Welcome

Panel 1 – Moderator: Sam Sheppard


Leroy Myers

Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland Eastern Shore

The Marginalization of Blacks in Indian Territory


Donna Nelson

Undergraduate Institution: North Carolina Central University

The Erased Soldier: African American Participation in World War I


Christopher Johnson

Undergraduate Institution: University of South Carolina Upstate

Tales from the Other Side: Earl Caldwell and Resistance to Normative Journalistic Narratives about Black Power in the 1960s


Shikaylah Brown

Undergraduate Institution: Lincoln University of Pennsylvania

Angela Davis: Persecution through Media

10:30am  Q & A

10:45am – 11:00  Break

Panel 2 – Moderator: Kimber Thomas


Michael Taylor

Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Peer Pressure and its Effect on Academic Success among Young Black Males


Jiun Shen

Graduate School: California State University, Long Beach

The Role of Family Conflict in Romantic Stress and Internalizing Symptoms in Asian-American and European-American Adolescents


Sandra Davidson

Undergraduate Institution: Bennett College

Intimate Partner Violence among Black Female Students at an HBCU: Personal and Sociological Factors

11:45am  Q & A

12:00pm  Concluding Remarks


Click here to read all of the Summer Humanities Institute Symposium Abstracts