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Sociology and Anthropology


Adolescents in the Americas: Negotiating Identities, Shaping Contexts in an Interconnected World
October 3-4, 2013 

Thursday, October 3

 Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union

4:00 pm 
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Cristle Collins Judd, Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Music

4:15 - 6:00 pm
Claiming Belonging: Dilemmas of Identity among Adolescents in the Americas 
Chair: Doris Santoro (Education, Bowdoin College)

  • “Citizens but not Americans”: Identity and Belonging among Latino Youth
    Nilda Flores-Gonzalez (Sociology, University of Illinois - Chicago)
  • Negotiating Privilege:  Complicated and Conflicting Self-Understandings of Affluent Adolescents
    Adam Howard (Education, Colby College)
  • Staying in Maine: Family and Community Social Capital in Rural College Graduates’ Transition to Adulthood
    Ingrid Nelson (Sociology, Bowdoin College)
  • Transnational Urban Competencies:  Affect, Race, and Neoliberalism among Brazilian and Puerto Rican Youth in Newark (NJ), Belo Horizonte (BR), and Santurce (PR)
    Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas (Anthropology, Baruch College - CUNY)

6:30 pm
Dinner and reception
(by invitation only)

Friday October 4

Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union

9:15 am 
Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30 - 11:30 am
Youth Refiguring Gender and Sexuality: Institutional Contexts, Interpersonal Dynamics
Chair: Nadia Celis (Spanish, Bowdoin College)

  • The Promises of Empowered Girls
    Nancy Lesko (Education, Teachers College – Columbia University)
  • Questioning Adolescents: Queerness and Curiosity in Educational Contexts
    Cris Mayo (Education, University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign)
  • Comparing Cultures of Adolescent Sexuality and the Self in the US and Netherlands
    Amy Schalet (Sociology, University of Massachusetts - Amherst)
  • Negotiating the Moral Politics of Heterosexuality: Young Mothers and Tourists in Transnational Cusco
    Krista Van Vleet (Anthropology, Bowdoin College)

11:45 pm 
Lunch (by invitation only)

1:00 - 3:00 pm
Political Engagement and Social Activism among Youth: Opportunities and Possibilities, Present and Future
Chair: Mara Tieken (Education, Bates College)

  • Keepin’ It Clean: Latino Youth and Shifting Activisms in Suburbia
    Ana Aparicio (Anthropology, Northwestern)
  • Becoming Change Agents: Comparing Youth Organizers and Youth Commissioners
    Jerusha Conner (Education, Villanova)
  • Youth Solidarities and Cultural Production: Toward a Decolonizing Approach
    Ruben Gaztambide-Fernández (Education, University of Toronto)
  • From the Barrios to the Barricades
    Maurice Rafael Magaña (University of California-Los Angeles)

3:00 - 4:00 pm  
Wrap Up Discussion (by invitation only)