Join Prof. Michael Mitchell, Dr. Adaurennaya C. Onyewuenyi, and Dr. Alma Khasawnih on Friday, February 12, 2021 at 3:30pm to 5:00pm!
The event will held here on Zoom!
Each faculty member will present their current research, followed by Q&A
Prof. Michael Mitchell (AAS/CRI): “Pains of Imprisonment and Fatherhood: A Qualitative Exploration of Formerly Incarcerated Black Men”
Michael Mitchell, visiting assistant professor of African American studies and criminology, presents findings from an ongoing qualitative study exploring the experiences of formerly incarcerated Black fathers transitioning from prison to the community. While research has documented the challenges men of color encounter upon release from prison, few studies take into consideration the impact incarceration has on perceptions and experiences of fatherhood among formerly incarcerated Black men. The author will present preliminary themes/findings that challenge conventional perceptions surrounding justice-involved Black men.
Dr. Adaurennaya Onyewuenyi (Psychology, AAS Affiliate) “We ain’t all the same: Complicating our understanding of Blackness at TCNJ”The decades of existing educational and psychological research on the experiences of Black students and immigrant students rarely includes those who identify as both Black and immigrant. Adaurennaya Onyewuenyi, assistant professor of psychology and an African American studies affiliate, will showcase preliminary findings from the Being Black at TCNJ study that offer insight into understanding who is Black on college campuses, how Black-American and Black immigrants connect with their Blackness and with one another, and how they are doing academically and mentally. A primary goal of this project is to shift the focus from a pejorative comparative analysis of which Black ethnic group is doing better in school to instead highlight the potential factors that uniquely contribute to the academic success and well-being of Black-American and Black immigrant college students.
Dr. Alma Khasawnih (WGSS and AAS Affiliate) “Why graffiti matters?”Graffiti is often seen as a form of vandalism that needs to be whitewashed and its writers penalized. Alma Khasawnih, assistant professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies and an African American studies affiliate, will argue that graffiti that is part of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution is integral to teaching us a lot about current social, cultural, and political structures as well as the desires and imagined futures of those risking their lives for change.