The University of Chile, the flagship institution of higher education in the country, invited Professor Guisela Latorre to present her research on Chilean graffiti and muralism taking place on March 23, 2015. Titled “Museos a Cielo Abierto en Santiago: Murales, Graffiti y Democratización Urbana,” this distinguished lecture addressed the ways current street art in Chile is making city streets into more egalitarian spaces for historically marginalized communities. In attendance were students and faculty of the University of Chile as well as local mural and graffiti artists.
Jill Bystydzienski, professor and chair in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholar Grant. Bystydzienski will be affiliated with the Robert B. Zajonc Institute for Social Studies and Center of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Warsaw in Poland, where she will research “Organized response to status of women in STEM in Poland” during autumn 2015.
Bystydzienski’s research will focus on the role of women’s organizations and movements in raising awareness and shaping policy regarding gender equality in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. She will examine how gender inequality is addressed by these organizations and activists in specific countries. Her findings in Poland will contribute to an understudied issue in the country and allow for comparison among women’s representation in STEM fields in other countries.
“The University of Warsaw is the ideal place for me to undertake this project. Being based in Warsaw, I will have direct access to most of the organizations and people I will need to include in my research,” said Bystydzienski. “My Fulbright in Poland will also contribute to strengthening the ties between The Ohio State University and the University of Warsaw.”