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Friday, October 4, 2019

Friday, October 04, 2019 - Lunch Program
"Working Abroad" vs "Working in Africa": Countering Narratives of Employment as Aid
Jasmine Shirey '18

Jasmine Shirey ’18, who studied literature and neuroscience at CMC, began her work with the Forum for African Women Educationalists - Zimbabwe Chapter (FAWEZI) as an intern in the summer of 2016. Upon graduation in 2018, she was awarded the Napier Fellowship award, the Davis Project for Peace award, and the Mgrublian Center’s Elbaz Family Post-Graduate Fellowship in Human Rights to continue her work with FAWEZI. In her talk, Shirey will explore the various ways narratives in the United States about working in Africa advance conceptions of western excellence and post-colonial generosity, and how her own experiences complicate these narratives. 

Jasmine Shirey ’18, who studied literature and neuroscience at CMC, began her work with the Forum for African Women Educationalists - Zimbabwe Chapter (FAWEZI) as an intern in the summer of 2016. Upon graduation in 2018, she was awarded the Napier Fellowship award, the Davis Project for Peace award, and the Mgrublian Center’s Elbaz Family Post-Graduate Fellowship in Human Rights to continue her work with FAWEZI. In her talk, Shirey will explore the various ways narratives in the United States about working in Africa advance conceptions of western excellence and post-colonial generosity, and how her own experiences complicate these narratives. 

Shirey is the first recipient of the Elbaz Post-Graduate Fellowship in Human Rights, a program open to all CMC graduating seniors.

Ms. Shirey’s Athenaeum presentation is sponsored by the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights at Claremont McKenna College.

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