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DeBrief - March 9, 2022

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Clarissa Peterson in her office

Clarissa Peterson, professor of political science and associate dean for academic strategic processes and projects


What's in your office?


1. Pics of my family. They are my ROCK and everyday I am here I am reminded of that. They make me smile when I need it, but they also make me extremely proud that I have a beautiful Black family that continually kicks down the doors of impossibility.


2. Books by Black authors and about Black people. These books remind me of the terrain Black people have crossed and that I stand on the shoulders of all of them. I love to broaden what students and others know about who I am and where I come from.


3. Artifacts from my travels to Africa. These artifacts highlight how important it is to understand the connection between African people across the world. The visits I made to the various African countries and Brazil have helped to open the eyes of about 200 DePauw students. Students learn about the complexity of the countries, the inaccuracy of what they’ve been taught, the systemic issues related to slavery and colonization and the Black presence across the world. I am always delighted to see the impact this travel has on the students.


4. Awards from student and professional organizations. These awards mean that I am making a difference. I might not change the world, but I am making a difference in my community. That’s extremely important to me!


5. Equipment for keeping in shape. I recently realized how important it is to maintain your overall health. Like most people, I struggle to find the right balance between work and preserving my health so I always keep equipment like badminton (known as Hit the Birdie to my Appalachian family) and workout clothes near at all times. A quick run, walk or weight lifting session does wonders for the mind AND the body.


Campus Events

Native Pride Dancers

March 10, 7:30 p.m., Green Center for the Performing Arts, Kresge Auditorium.

Learn more.



March 11-13, 7:30 p.m., East College, Meharry Hall.

Presented by DePauw Theatre, in conjunction with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and directed by Nathaniel Swanson ’23 and Joseph Harris, assistant director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Purchase tickets.


Music and Chinese Martial Arts Film Session with Po-Wei Weng, director of International Education and Global Engagement at the Cambridge School of Weston.

March 15, 7:30 p.m., Green Center for the Performing Arts, Thompson Recital Hall.

This event is part of the Reimagining Asia Talk Series.

For a complete listing of events, visit Campus Labs.

Pedar Foss talking with students on the steps outside of class

Pedar Foss, professor and chair of classical studies, took his Latin Poetry class outside recently during one of the Tiger admitted student days in an effort, he says, to make learning visible on campus. “We were reading Ovid’s Amores 1.1, in which the poet argues with Cupid about who is in charge of love poetry, and the cheeky God of Love responds by shooting Ovid with his arrows, possessing the poet, who then begins to sing.”


Faculty and Staff News Roundup

Emmitt Riley III, associate professor of Africana studies and political science, was quoted by Prism for the March 3 story “Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson expected to face ‘political theater’ during SCOTUS confirmation hearings.”


Derek Ford, assistant professor of education studies, recently published a monograph, “Encountering Education: Elements of a Marxist Pedagogy,” through Iskra Books. It is available as a paperback and as a free PDF here.


Did You Know?

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Strategic Plan Open Forum for Faculty and Staff Members

March 14, 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. via Zoom.

Join President Lori White, members of her Cabinet and the Strategic Planning Steering Committee to discuss the DePauw University strategic plan. The sessions will begin with a brief presentation and will include time for questions from participants. Choose the session that best fits your schedule. (Faculty and staff members received an invitation to the open forum via email on March 3.)


At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Starting this week, every home in the U.S. can order an additional set of 4 at-home COVID-19 tests. This means that every home is eligible to receive a total of 8 free tests.

Orders yours today at covidtests.gov. For help placing an order, call 800-232-0233.


Human Resources

Staff Performance Reviews

The performance dashboard in ADP will open for the 2022 Staff Performance Reviews March 16. The review cycle must be completed by May 13. Please reference the email sent today from Human Resources for details.

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