Megan O’Neill, Associate Director of Imagine Scholar, will present, “A Different Look at Rural African Education” on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, with dinner to follow at Old Lyme Country Club. Register online at https://scwac.wildapricot.org/event-3638550.
Imagine Scholar is an educational non-profit organization based in the Nkomazi region of South Africa. The organization’s innovative and sustainable approach to education is creating meaningful impact in the local community and re-imagining education systems for rural, underserved communities. Through working with high-achieving, low-income secondary school students in the development of leadership, critical thinking, and community-mindedness, we aim to build Africa’s next generation of change-makers.
ABOUT MEGAN O’NEILL
Megan O’Neill has spent the last 5 years working with Imagine Scholar. A native of Connecticut, she received a degree in Africana Studies from Dickinson College. Shortly after graduating from Dickinson, she moved to South Africa to join Imagine Scholar’s staff, where she now serves as Associate Director. Megan spent over three years working in South Africa with Imagine Scholar’s students, where she facilitated classes centered around effective and empathetic communication skill development, developed curriculum for the program and mentored students through the university application process. She now leads Imagine Scholar’s efforts in fundraising and strategic partnership development.
Join us Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Connecticut College for a presentation by Karolin Machtans titled, “The Refugee Crisis in Europe: The Case of Germany.” A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation starting at 6:00 p.m.
Machtans is an Associate Professor of German Studies at Connecticut College. Machtans’s main research and teaching interests are 20th- and 21st-century German literature and film, post-1945 German history and culture, German-Turkish relations; Muslims in Germany; minorities in Germany; Holocaust studies and literary theory. Learn more here.
Register online for the presentation and dinnere here: https://scwac.wildapricot.org/event-3528976
Join us in March 2020 at Connecticut College for a presentation by Dean Accardi titled, “India, Pakistan, and the War over Kashmir.” A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation starting at 6:00 p.m.
Accardi is an Assistant Professor of History at Connecticut College. Accardi is a historian of gender and religion in South Asia and the Islamic World. He is interested in the connections between religious and political practices, institutions and discourses in the early modern and modern world. His research focuses on the gendered ascetic practices of saints revered by both Hindus and Muslims and their use to establish and articulate religious and political power.
His research and teaching highlight how historical and religious narratives constantly reconstruct and deploy the past to serve particular socio-political agendas. His research and teaching also reexamine notions of mutually exclusive religions, hybridity, and syncretism and reconceptualizes relationships between religions and other social and cultural phenomena.
Register online for the presentation and dinner here: https://scwac.wildapricot.org/event-3528989
Join us in April 2020 (exact date and location TBD) for a presentation by Admiral John Padgett, retired Commander of the US Pacific Submarine Fleet, titled, “Submarine Fleet in the US Military Strategy.” A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation starting at 6:00 p.m.
More information to come.
Register online for the presentation and dinner here: https://scwac.wildapricot.org/event-3528990