HASS Colloquium slated for Oct. 29

The upcoming Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Colloquium will feature two separate presentations: one titled ?Using Technology To Cultivate the Summer Reading Behaviors of Developing Young Adolescent Readers? and another titled ?Jim Crow Harlem in Blue: Race, Class, Policing and Long Civil Rights Movement New York City, 1969-1971.? The colloquium will be held on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, from 1:00?2:20 p.m. in room 105 of the Franco Building. This event is open to the campus community, and light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Chrystine C. Mitchell, Assistant Professor in Education will present ?Using Technology to Cultivate the Summer Reading Behaviors of Developing Young Adolescent Readers.? According to the abstract, researchers have documented a ?summer reading setback? where a demonstrated achievement gap between proficient and struggling readers expands during the summer months. Young adolescent student readers participated in a summer independent reading program using Nook digital readers and the students? voices regarding their summer reading experiences were recorded and analyzed. Some of the important implications that were generated from the students? reported reading behaviors and perceptions exemplified the following: 1.) Social reading relationships were cultivated through the summer reading experience, 2.) Access to a variety of texts shaped the kinds of reading in which students engaged, and 3.) Nook digital readers helped to foster students? reported positive summer reading behaviors. This study serves as a foundation to consider how and in what ways technology shapes students? literacy experiences in technological saturated society.

Justin De Senso, Lecturer in English Composition, will present ?Jim Crow Harlem in Blue: Race, Class, Policing and Long Civil Rights Movement New York City, 1969-1971.? One of the key outcomes of the Civil Rights Movement was the diversification of the country?s urban police forces. Faced with new federal policies and emerging demands from African American and Latino leadership, police departments from Philadelphia to Milwaukee wrestled with ?representative policing? and how it would impact their cities. For the largest police force in the United States ? the New York Police Department ? such changes ironically reinforced the very antiracist practices civil rights leaders had hoped to overcome. For hundreds of NYPD officers of color during the late 1960s, such shortcomings came in the form of precinct assignments, intra-departmental racial violence, and countless other de facto Jim Crow practices. With this big picture in mind, this presentation will pay particular attention to a specific unit-of-color tasked with policing Harlem from 1969-1971. Through never before heard oral histories of retired Harlem officers, this lecture will explore the implications of ?representative policing? and its possibilities and limitations.

The HASS Colloquium Series features informal presentations that serve as opportunities for HASS faculty to share their completed or in-progress research. Faculty members discuss their research in presentations that welcomes dialogue, discussion, and questions. For more information on the HASS Colloquium Series, contact Dr. Cheryl Nicholas, Associate Professor, Communication Arts and Sciences, at [email protected].