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Young Academic Alumni Lecture Series Brings Fords Back to Campus

(Repost of an article from the Haverblog by Kelsey Ryan)

The Young Academic Alumni Lecture Series (YAALS) connects current students, faculty, and community members to Haverford’s vibrant alumni presence in the academic world. Now in its eleventh year,  the lecture series, which invites Fords in academia to return to campus to speak about their  work, is flourishing, with three presentations and one colloquium so far this semester. These presentations, which usually take place in the Phillips Wing of Magill Library, are sponsored by the Library, which partners with different academic departments on campus to host.

In November, the Library welcomed Arunabh Ghosh ’03, a Ph.D. candidate in history at Columbia University, who gave a lecture on statistics and state-society relations in the early People’s Republic of China. The event was co-sponsored by the East Asian Studies Department and the Department of Economics.

Also in November, James Chappel ’05, Assistant Professor of History at Duke University, gave a talk on the Christian Democracy political movement in Europe in the 1920s-1950s. His presentation was sponsored by the Library and the Department of History.

In September, the Library partnered with the Spanish Department to bring Rebecca Hey-Colón ’05 to campus. Hey-Colón, a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University, discussed her dissertation project, which focuses on the use of water in contemporary Caribbean and Latino literature.

Learn more about the Young Academic Alumni Lecture Series this year and in years past at their page on the Library website.

Prof. Anita Isaacs (Political Science) and students cross Founders Green after class.

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