The Stephen W. Woodworth ’54 Fisher Center Student Summer Fellowship offers students in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Fine and Performing Arts an opportunity to pursue their own academic projects over the summer. While the type of research or project is wide open to fields such as English, Dance, Religious Studies, History, Education, Art, Sociology, Women’s Studies, Lesbian and Gay Studies, and so on, the work must reflect The Fisher Center’s mission of social justice around issues of gender, race, and class.
Jiangtao Gu '13
Jiangtao Gu is studying homosexuality in China through extensive research and interviews. His research will explore various questions: “What characteristics are unique to the Chinese gay identity due to the influences of traditional Chinese culture? What roles do newly created classes and Western influences play in shaping the landscape of China’s gay identity? What are the most effective advocacy strategies based on China’s unique conditions? How should we enact new forms of activism and social justice movements?”
Gu will present the outcomes of his research to the HWS community in the fall 2013 semester. Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Languages James-Henry Holland is serving as Gu’s faculty advisor.
Lucia Berliner '12
Lucia Berliner completed “We Feed a lot of People,” a documentary film about local farming, food security and social justice issues in the Finger Lakes region. Specifically, Berliner's film explored Healthy Food for All, a non-profit organization dedicated to stabilizing organic food security for low-income families. The film and Berliner’s post-discussion talk discussed the need for change within the US food system and the solution that Healthy Food for All offers. Berliner’s film was presented to the HWS Community on March 14, 2011 as a part of the Fisher Center’s lecture series Digesting Gender: The Politics of Food.
Outside of the classroom, Media & Society/Psychology major Lucia Berliner '12, planned socially conscious events and programs on campus such as ArtFest, a Japan relief fundraiser, and EcoFusion, a free after school program designed to connect middle school children to various facets of environmental stewardship. A lifelong Hudson River activist, Berliner was born and raised in the Hudson Valley where she has always been fortunate enough to have access to healthy local foods, a goal she hopes to help make a reality for all people.
Woodworth Fellows work closely with a faculty advisor as they design, conduct, and present their research projects. Berliner received guided leadership and support from Leah Shafer, assistant professor of Media and Society.
The Stephen W. Woodworth '54 Fisher Center Student Summer Fellowship offers students in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Fine and Performing Arts an opportunity to pursue their own academic projects over the summer.