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Advocacy in Action: Understanding the influence of advocacy organizations on local affordable housing policy in the U.S.

February 20th, 2015 in Academic Events, Events, MET News.

affordable housing policy in the U.S.

By Anaid Yerena

Monday February 23, 2015 at 2:30pm
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 109

Anaid is an architect, planner, and researcher who investigates public participation processes and activities related to housing and community development. Her research has a strong community-based component that provides knowledge to advocate for and empower disenfranchised groups. As an undergraduate at the Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM), Mexico, she coordinated the development of the first Master Plan for the City of Montemorelos. She worked on the technical aspects of the Plan and set up a forum and interviews with local residents, these activities were crucial to building support for the Plan’s approval and implementation (received UDEM’s Excellence Award). While completing her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at UC Irvine, she completed research for the Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation assessing potential housing sites for extremely low-income households in Long Beach, California. The report resulting from this research was named Planning, Policy, and Design’s Best Professional Report in 2009. As a Ph.D. student she has received numerous accolades for her research (Haynes Dissertation Award; Dean’s Community Engagement Award), teaching (UC Irvine Pedagogical Fellow), mentoring (Planning, Policy, and Design Mentor Award, 2011 and 2012), and service (Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Student Representative 2012-14). These honors are a testament to the impact and quality of her work.

Cultural “Other” in Colonial New England: The Duality of Maize

February 20th, 2015 in Academic Events, Events, Gastronomy, MET News.

Maize, Corn field

By Dr. Karen Bescherer Metheny

Tuesday, February 24 at 2:00 PM
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 109

Karen Bescherer Metheny, PhD, is a Lecturer for the Gastronomy Program, Metropolitan College, Boston University and Visiting Researcher in the Department of Archaeology at Boston University. She is senior editor of Archaeology of Food: An Encyclopedia (July 2015, with Mary C. Beaudry) and author of “Modeling Communities through Food and Commensality: Connecting the Daily Meal to the Construction of Place and Identity” (2014) and From the Miners’ Doublehouse: Archaeology and Landscape in a Pennsylvania Coal Company Town (2007). Dr. Metheny teaches courses in the anthropology and archaeology of food, food history and foodways of New England, and method and theory in food studies. In this presentation, she will discuss her research into the cultural significance of maize in colonial New England, and what its consumption reveals about cultural identity and encounters with “cultural other.”

Policy Networks, Urban Economic Development, and the Arts

February 17th, 2015 in Academic Events, Arts Administration, MET News, Richard Maloney.

gloucester-artPhoto: flickr/Harvey Barrison

By Richard Maloney

Thursday, February 19, 2015
1:30–2:30 PM
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 109

Rich is Assistant Professor of Arts Administration and Director ad interim of the Arts Administration program where he teaches classes in performing arts management, fundraising, internship, the art world and comparative cultural policy.  As a professional musician, he  has played lute, lavta, guitar, and hand percussion with several Boston area early music ensembles. As an administrator, he served as General Manager of the Boston Camerata and worked for the Boston Early Music Festival and New England Conservatory.  He holds a B.A. from Bates College, a B.M. from Berklee College of Music, a Graduate Diploma from the Longy School of Music, an M.S. in Arts Administration from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in Law and Public Policy from Northeastern University.  His scholarship examines how and why smaller municipalities pursue cultural economic development as an urban regeneration strategy.  From 2008-2014, he served on the board of directors of the Association of Arts Administration Educators.  He currently serves on the board of directors of European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centers, the world’s largest association of arts administration faculty members, and MassCreative, the leading arts advocacy organization in Massachusetts.

Cooking as Cultural Security: Change and Continuity in Indigenous Foodways

February 12th, 2015 in Academic Events, Gastronomy, MET News, Shea Cronin.


With Dr. Ariela Zycherman

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
1–2 PM
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 109

Introduced by Shea Cronin

Ariela Zycherman is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Texas Christian University, and Adjunct Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Department of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She graduated from the PhD program in Applied Anthropology at Columbia University in 2013. Her research focuses broadly on cultural constructions related to food practices. More specifically she looks at the role food plays in the formulation of modernity, the production of livelihoods, environmental politics in the Amazon, and contemporary forms of identity in Latin America. She has conducted research in Bolivia, Argentina and Brooklyn, NY. In 2013, her paper “Shocdye as World: localizing modernity among the Tsimané of Lowand Bolivia” won the Alex McIntosh paper award presented by the Association for the Study of Food and Society.

Performing Arts for Everyone: A Portrait of the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage

January 26th, 2015 in Academic Events, Arts Administration, Eric Braude, Events, Lectures, MET News.


With Dr. Susan Erenrich

Friday, January 30, 2015
2:15 to 3:00 p.m.
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 109

Introduced by Eric Braude

Dr. Erenrich is a social movement history documentarian. She uses the arts for social change to tell stories about transformational leadership, resilience and societal shifts as a result of mobilization efforts by ordinary citizens. Susan holds a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University, a M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, and an M.A. in Performing Arts from American University. Susan is the founder/Executive Director of the Cultural Center for Social Change. In that role she has created projects which have brought to life images of social movement history long forgotten while offering new and thoughtful perspectives on issues never fully addressed.  Her publications include “Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: An Anthology of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement;” “Kent & Jackson State 1970-1990″; and a forthcoming anthology, “Too Many Martyrs.” Susan has extensive performance, choreography and production experience.  She serves on the editorial board of the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed International Journal and is an associate editor for Common Ground – The Arts Collection.  She currently teaches at NYU and American University.