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College of Mount Saint Vincent Students and Faculty Will Present at Ethnic Studies Conference


Riverdale, N.Y. – Seven students from the College of Mount Saint Vincent will present their scholarly works at the 43rd annual conference of the National Association for Ethnic Studies (NAES)—the nation’s oldest and preeminent ethnic studies organization—held March 26-28 at Mississippi State University.

The conference, “Fixing the Ballot: The Voting Rights Act at 50 and the Status of Democracy,” reflects on the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act in August 1965. The College’s student presenters are Todd Gable, Karen Cantor, Chayra Marrero, Victoria Mattos, Eleeza Mantone, and Sheree Brown-Carter—all graduating in May—and graduate student Jamal Lee.

“This year marks an important milestone in the annals of American civil liberties,” said Ron Scapp, Professor of Humanities and Teacher Education at the College who also serves as president of the NAES. “It’s important to expose students to the kind of thinkers and scholars who will be in attendance at this conference. We have a large group of students and faculty members presenting, and I am very proud that the College will be so wonderfully represented.”

Dr. Scapp, who will deliver the president’s address at the conference, will be joined by fellow Mount faculty presenters Omar Nagi, Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Associate Professor of Sociology, David Aliano, Associate Professor of Italian and History, Heather Alumbaugh, Associate Professor of English, and Marie-Claire Picher, Associate Professor of French.

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