Meet the 2018-2019 CAMD Scholars

Christina Cho ’19: A New Sangha: Reimagining Community in American Buddhism

Faculty advisor: Andy Housiaux, Presentation in Kemper: 3/22

“I took this course called Global Buddhism that spurred me to be interested in Buddhist philosophy and contemporary Buddhism. I realized how internally diverse it is, and so I wanted to look at Buddhism, specifically in America…What my paper talks about is [the] ways in which religious practice and membership within religious communities are being reconstructed to include historically marginalised and underrepresented communities.”

Editor’s Note: Christina Cho ’19 is a News Editor for The Phillipian.

Pablo Sanchez ’19: The Duality of the Mexican Narcocorrido: How Songs about the Drug Trade Expose the Truth about the Mexican Condition

Faculty Advisor: Mark Cutler, Presentation in Kemper: 10/5

“My paper analyzes Mexican corridos and their glorification of drug lords as a way of coping with the harsh realities of daily life. Ultimately I say that if people disapprove of the genre and it’s depiction of cartel life, then they should work towards changing the conditions in which these songs are produced…In writing this paper, I wanted to better understand Mexican-American culture, particularly in the Southwestern region of the U.S., in order to better facets of my own identity and culture.”

Natasha Singareddy ’19: Is the Price Right?: Confronting the History and Implications of Anti-Blackness in Indian-American Communities

Faculty Advisor: Megan Paulson, Presentation in Kemper: 2/1

“My paper is about confronting anti-blackness in Indian-American and Indian immigrant communities. My paper’s basically about understanding why Indians have taken this avenue against a minority while they are also a minority, and understanding why Indians desire to emulate whiteness. White approbation of Indian ethic and Indian hard work is not to praise us for actually doing something, but it’s more to undermine everything that African-Americans are trying to do, despite the barriers that white America has put up for them.”

Editor’s Note: Christina Cho ’19 is a News Editor for The Phillipian.

Thompson Uwanomen ’19:The Criminalization of Black Men in News Media

Faculty Advisor: Tom Kane,  Presentation in Kemper: 1/21, MLK Day

“The general gist is discussing how blackness became criminalised from a historical standpoint, with a particular focus on black men. Alongside Dr. Kane, my faculty advisor,  I created a genealogical excavation where I went as far back as the seventh century…I tried to transition from the past to the present through news media…I would say that I want my paper to be used as kind of a catalyst to avoid the stereotype of black men or boys being criminals.”