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Rochester’s college-in-prison program expands to become western New York’s prison education hub

Wed, 08 Sep 2021

This year, the University’s prison education program starts courses at Attica, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the prison uprising. Twenty-six incarcerated students at the maximum-security correctional facility located between Rochester and Buffalo are taking one or more of six college classes.

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Yearlong research project explores social and political nuances of migration in the Americas

Tue, 07 Sep 2021

Rochester scholars in the humanities and social sciences will study human migration as part of a “temporary research center” supported by a Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar grant.

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Rochester’s latest CAREER award recipients pursue wide range of projects

Wed, 05 May 2021

This year, five University of Rochester researchers have received the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for early-career faculty.

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Will Biden’s immigration plan encourage illegal immigration?

Tue, 09 Mar 2021

By enabling undocumented workers to travel freely between the US and their home countries, it may actually enable them to return home, writes Daniel Reichman.

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2020 honorary degrees, medals, and teaching awards announced

Wed, 13 May 2020

The University of Rochester will bestow honorary degrees, medals, and awards to recognize the contributions of distinguished leaders, educators, and humanitarians.

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Why do people hoard and socialize during a pandemic?

Thu, 02 Apr 2020

“Proximity is usually associated with intimacy, and distance with strangeness,” explains Rochester anthropologist Robert Foster. “The public challenge at the moment is that we must learn to express our care and concern by maintaining distance, which is counter-intuitive.”

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Millions migrate to mark the Year of the Rat

Thu, 23 Jan 2020

With an outbreak of coronavirus making for an unusual travel season, Rochester faculty describe the traditions—and logistical challenges—as more than 1.3 billion Chinese go on vacation at the same time to mark the new year.

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How do physical spaces help create community?

Mon, 16 Sep 2019

In her highly visual, multi-year project “Fertile Ground,” cultural anthropologist Kathryn Mariner is researching placemaking in the city of Rochester, and her focus on how community is formed is shared by this year’s Humanities Center lectures.

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Kathryn Mariner wins Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for her work on social inequality

Fri, 19 Apr 2019

Kathryn Mariner, an assistant professor of anthropology and visual and cultural studies, is one of 32 faculty members in the United States named as new Career Enhancement Fellows.

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Crisis at the border? Anthropologist looks at Central American migration

Thu, 04 Apr 2019

Professor and author Daniel Reichman gives an overview of the last 40 years of Central American migration to the United States, and describes a system that is far more complicated than what’s often presented in the news.

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