Fall 2017 Capstone Colloquium Series - "A Battle of Worths: Symbolic boundaries, Blackness and Gentrification in Cartagena, Colombia"

The Rutgers Division of Global Affairs is pleased to invite you to our weekly Capstone Colloquium Series.
Join us this Wednesday, 1st November, when Dr. Melissa M.Valle will talk to us about "A Battle of Worths:  Symbolic boundaries, Blackness and Gentrification in Cartagena, Colombia."
Dr. Melissa M. Valle is currently an Assistant Professor in both the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Department of African American and African Studies at Rutgers University-Newark.

Her current book project is an ethnography exploring how people determine who is worthy of occupying contested space in a gentrifying neighborhood in Cartagena, Colombia. She has also conducted research on Afro-descendants living in Santiago, Chile, exploring the mechanisms that lead to reduced life chances for marginalized groups and how such groups negotiate stigma perspectives that suggest their identities have been devalued. Dr. Valle’s broad research interests include: race and ethnicity, urban and spatial sociology, visual culture and cultural sociology, value and evaluation, the African diaspora (with a focus on Latin America), ethnographic and visual methods, social movements, and sexual labor. Prior to completing her Ph.D., she spent ten years working with youth in various capacities, most recently as a New York City Teaching Fellow on the Lower East Side. She has also worked in the field of public policy and community development in Harlem and has served on the board of the afrolatin@ forum since 2011. Dr. Valle holds a Ph.D., MA, and MPhil in Sociology from Columbia University, an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from New York University, an MST in Childhood Generalist/Special Education from Pace University, and dual BAs in Economics and Afro-American Studies from Howard University.
Speaker: Dr. Melissa M. Valle
Title: A Battle of Worths:  Symbolic boundaries, Blackness and Gentrification in Cartagena, Colombia.
Date: Wednesday, November 1st
Time: 11.00am - 12.30pm
Location: Dana Room, Dana Library (4th floor)

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