Graduate Convocation, Maxwell School of Syracuse University

Graduate Convocation, Maxwell School of Syracuse University

October 9, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs



… PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR PHONES,
WATCHES ALARMS, TABLETS, …>>ANNOUNCER: GOOD MORNING.
PLEASE BE SEATED. BEFORE WE BEGIN, SOME QUICK
ANNOUNCEMENTS. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR PHONES,
WATCHES ALARMS, TABLETS, AND ANY OTHER DEVICE THAT BEEPS,
CHIRPS, TALKS OR OTHERWISE MAKES NOISE THAT COULD
BE DISTRACTING. MAKES ORDERS OR PLACES A PIZZA
ORDER HERE IN THE CHAPEL CHAPEL.
THANK YOU! THE CEREMONY WILL LAST ABOUT 90
MINUTES. PLEASE AVOID GETTING UP AND
WALKING IN THE AISLES DURING THE CEREMONY AS DOING SO
MAY DISTURB OTHERS. WITH THOSE FORMALITIES ASIDE,
PLEASE RELAX AND ENJOY THE CELEBRATION! WELCOME FAMILY, FRIENDS,
FACULTY, GUESTS, ALUMNI AND GRADUATES TO THE 2019 GRADUATE
CONVOCATION OF THE MAXWELL SCHOOL OF CITIZENSHIP
AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS OF SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY. I’M DAVID VAN SLYKE, DEAN OF THE
MAXWELL SCHOOL AND IT IS MY HONOR TO WELCOME YOU HERE
TODAY. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO
ACKNOWLEDGE, WITH RESPECT, THE ONONDAGA NATION FIREKEEPERS OF
THE HAUDENOSAUNEE, THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE ON WHOSE
ANCESTRAL LANDS SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY NOW STANDS. FOR ALL OF OUR STUDENTS AND
THEIR FAMILIES, I KNOW THAT THIS HAS BEEN A CHALLENGING AND,
I HOPE, A REWARDING EXPERIENCE. AS THE STUDENTS HAVE LEARNED,
AND AS THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY HAVE MOST LIKELY HEARD,
MEMBERS OF THE MAXWELL FACULTY TAKE SERIOUSLY THEIR
EDUCATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES TO PUSH OUR
STUDENTS BEYOND LONG READING LISTS, ASSIGNMENTS,
PAPERS, PRESENTATIONS AND GROUP PROJECTS. AS RESEARCHERS AND TEACHERS, WE
ARE COMMITTED TO CREATING A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE THROUGH A DEEP UNDERSTANDING OF
THE PAST AND PRESENT, THEREBY ENHANCING STUDENTS’
ABILITY TO ADAPT TO COMPLEXITY AND UNCERTAINTY
THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATION OF CRITICAL THINKING
AND ANALYTICAL SKILLS. BECAUSE YOU, OUR STUDENTS, COME
FROM DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS, DIFFERENT
DISCIPLINES, AND HAVE QUITE VARIED EXPECTATIONS FOR YOUR
PROFESSIONAL WORK, A MAXWELL EDUCATION IS ORIENTED
TOWARD PREPARING YOU AS MUCH FOR YOUR FUTURE
CAREER-DECADES FROM NOW-AS IT IS DESIGNED FOR HELPING YOU SECURE
YOUR FIRST POSITION OUT OF GRADUATE SCHOOL. WE EXPECT THAT ALL MAXWELL
FACULTY, STAFF, STUDENTS, AND ALUMNI COMMIT TO THE VALUES
OF THE ATHENIAN OATH: TO LEAVE A PLACE GREATER,
BETTER, AND MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN THEY FOUND IT. THIS DEFINES OUR COMMITMENT TO
CITIZENSHIP AND PUBLIC SERVICE. AND, WE BELIEVE THAT PUBLIC
SERVICE CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE, IN ANY SECTOR OR WORK,
AND THROUGHOUT YOUR PROFESSIONAL, AVOCATIONAL, AND
PERSONAL PURSUITS. ACROSS THE WORLD, WE NEED
ACTIVE, ENGAGED AND THOUGHTFUL CITIZENS. INDIVIDUALS WITH A COMMITMENT TO
DIVERSITY OF PERSPECTIVES, EXPERIENCES, AND
GOALS. PEOPLE WHO ARE WILLING TO
LISTEN, LEARN, AND PARTICIPATE- THOSE WHO, AT
TIMES, RESPECTFULLY CHALLENGE OTHER’S POSITIONS-AND
WHO ARE ALWAYS FOCUSED ON IMPROVING AND STRENGTHENING
OUR COMMUNITIES AND NOT SIMPLY DEFENDING OR ADVANCING A
PARTICULAR POSITION OR ARGUMENT. ARGUMENT.WE MUST NOT BECOME
TOLERANT OF INTOLERANCE. WE MUST FIGHT AGAINST IT, RACE
ISM, SEXISM, AND MANY OTHER FORMS OF WAYS IN WHICH
INDIVIDUALS ARE DISCRIMINATEED AGAINST.
AT THE CONCLUSION OF TODAY’S CEREMONY, YOU WILL.
FORMALLY BECOME ALUMNI OF THE MAXWELL SCHOOL OF
CITIZENSHIP AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY. YOU WILL FOLLOW IN THE TRADITION
OF IMPRESSIVE ALUMNI LIKE DONNA SHALALA, SEAN
O’KEEFE, HOWIE PHANSTIEL, STEVE HAGERTY, JAMES WILLIE,
CATHY DAICOFF, AND ALLEGRA IVY, WHO HAVE COME BEFORE YOU. WE BELIEVE THAT YOUR COMMITMENT
TO PUBLIC SERVICE-WHEREVER YOU ARE AND
WHATEVER YOU DO-WILL REMAIN A DEFINING, LIFE-LONG
LEGACY OF YOUR EXPERIENCE HERE AT MAXWELL. WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL KEEP US
UPDATED ON WHERE YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU ARE DOING SO THAT
WE CAN CELEBRATE YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND THE
DIFFERENCE YOU ARE MAKING IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS. WE ALSO HOPE THAT YOU’LL SEIZE
THE OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME ENGAGED ALUMNI BY GIVING
OF YOUR TIME, EXPERTISE, AND PHILANTHROPY TO
FUTURE GENERATIONS OF MAXWELL STUDENTS, JUST AS
PREVIOUS GENERATIONS HAVE SIMILARLY SUPPORTED YOU. TO KICK OFF TODAY’S CEREMONY IT
IS OUR CUSTOM TO HAVE A GRADUATING STUDENT OFFER A
GREETING TO OUR GUESTS ON BEHALF OF THE CLASS. THIS YEAR’S STUDENT ADDRESS WILL
BE GIVEN BY: RAISSA FIGUEIREDO.
AS RAISSA COMES TO THE PODIUM, LET ME TELL YOU A LITTLE
BIT ABOUT HER. RAISSA FIGUEIREDO RECENTLY
COMPLETED THE EXECUTIVE MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
ONLINE PROGRAM HERE AT THE MAXWELL SCHOOL. SHE IS A PART OF THE HISTORIC
FIRST CLASS TO EARN THEIR MAXWELL DEGREE ON-LINE. RAISSA IS A CAREER PUBLIC
SERVANT WHO STARTED HER CAREER IN PROCUREMENT AT THE
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD-TELECOMMUNICATION AND
INFORMATION SYSTEMS COMMAND.
THERE, SHE ASSISTED THE ORGANIZATION IN PROCURING TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS FOR
DEPLOYMENT IN THE FIELD. CURRENTLY, RAISSA IS A CONTRACT
SPECIALIST WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION FEDERAL
STUDENT AID, WHERE SHE FOCUSES ON FINANCIAL, HUMAN
CAPITAL, & MANAGEMENT SERVICES AND IS HELPING THE
AGENCY DRIVE TOWARD ITS MISSION OF MAKING HIGHER
EDUCATION ACCESSIBLE TO AS MANY STUDENTS AS POSSIBLE. IN HER SPARE TIME, SHE ENJOYS
TRAVELING AND SPENDING TIME WITH HER CLOSE FRIENDS AND
FAMILY RAISSA FAMILY RAISSA .
[ APPLAUSE ] RAISSA: THANK YOU, DEAN VAN
SLYKE, AND THANK YOU TO THE FACULTY, ADMINISTRATORS,
GRADUATES, AND FAMILIES WHO WERE ABLE TO MAKE IT HERE
THIS MORNING. YOUR DEDICATION, SUPPORT, AND
GUIDANCE ARE UNDOUBTEDLY THE REASON THAT MANY OF US ARE
HERE TODAY. I WANT TO FIRST SAY A FEW WORDS
ABOUT THE MAXWELL SCHOOL.
WHEN GEORGE MAXWELL HAD HIS INITIAL VISION FOR THE SCHOOL BACK IN THE EARLY 1920S,
HIS PRIMARY OBJECTIVE WAS TO CULTIVATE A PROGRAM WHERE
STUDENTS COULD BE TRAINED AS INFORMED CITIZENS. THAT MEANS MAKING SURE THAT WHEN
WE LEAVE HERE, WE LEAVE WITH VALUES; THAT OUR
VALUES ARE SOUND AND WELL-INFORMED; AND THAT WE MAKE
DECISIONS NOT JUST TO BENEFIT OURSELVES, BUT TO
BENEFIT THE SOCIETY THAT WE LIVE IN. THAT WE LEAVE KNOWING OUR DUTIES
TO PARTICIPATE AND TO ENGAGE IN OUR COMMUNITIES. AND THAT WE KNOW OUR RIGHTS AS
CITIZENS, AND THAT WE ARE CONSCIOUS OF THE RIGHTS OF
OUR PEERS. WHAT MAXWELL’S VISION ALMOST
CERTAINLY DID NOT INCLUDE IS A PROGRAM THAT HAS THE REACH
TO TOUCH SO MANY STUDENTS – NOT JUST HERE IN NEW
YORK AND NOT EVEN JUST IN THE UNITED STATES – BUT
AROUND THE WORLD. SINCE THEN, THE SCHOOL HAS TAKEN
ON STUDENTS AT EVERY LEVEL AND HAS EVEN CREATED
INROADS FOR STUDENTS TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM REMOTELY
WHILE STILL OPERATING AS WORKING PROFESSIONALS. THE ONLINE EMPA PROGRAM IS AN
EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF HOW MAXWELL HAS LEVERAGED ITS
ESTEEMED FACULTY AND BROADENED ITS REACH THROUGH
FLEXIBILITY AND TECHNOLOGY. BUT FOR THOSE OF US IN THE
PROGRAM – AND I KNOW FOR THE OTHER MASTERS AND PHD STUDENTS
IN THE ROOM THIS IS PROBABLY TRUE TOO – THE
FLEXIBILITY OF ANY PROGRAM CERTAINLY DOESN’T MEAN YOU
MAGICALLY HAVE ALL OF THIS FREE TIME.
IT JUST MEANS THAT SOMETIMES YOU HAVE THE FLEXIBILITY
TO SLEEP OR TO FINISH WRITING YOUR CAPSTONE PAPER. BUT YOU KNOW, AS WE REFLECT ON
THE WORK THAT WE ALL PUT INTO GETTING HERE TODAY AND THE
CHALLENGES THAT WE OVERCAME – WHETHER IT WAS
BALANCING A FAMILY LIFE, A NEW JOB, OR A CHALLENGING CAREER
– WE’VE GRADUATED FROM WHAT IS, IN SO MANY DISCIPLINES,
ONE OF THE TOP RANKED SCHOOLS IN THE NATION.
THAT’S A BIG DEAL AND I THINK IN HINDSIGHT IT’S VERY
EASY TO SAY THAT IT WAS ALL WORTH IT. FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME, I
WANT TO SHARE A BIT MORE OF A PERSONAL ANECDOTE, BUT
I THINK IT PROBABLY RELATES TO A MINDSET OR A
FEELING THAT WE’VE ALL HAD AT SOME POINT. I SPENT A LOT OF TIME OVER THE
SPRING AND SUMMER OF 2017 RESEARCHING MPA PROGRAMS
ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AFTER APPLYING TO MAXWELL, I
NERVOUSLY AWAITED THE RESULT. AT THIS POINT, I HAD ALREADY
COMMITTED THAT MAXWELL WAS MY TOP CHOICE AND SO WHEN I GOT
MY ACCEPTANCE LETTER, MY DECISION WAS EASY. AND IT WASN’T REALLY UNTIL THAT
FIRST WEEK OF CLASSES, WHEN OUR PROFESSORS ASKED US TO
INTRODUCE OURSELVES TO OUR PEERS WHO WE’D TAKE THIS
JOURNEY WITH, THAT IT REALLY HIT ME. I WAS, WITHOUT A DOUBT, THE
LEAST QUALIFIED PERSON IN THE ROOM. AND I MEAN THAT AS A FACT – I
WAS GOING TO BE STUDYING ALONGSIDE SENIOR GOVERNMENT
EXECUTIVES, BUSINESS OWNERS, ACADEMICS, NON-PROFIT
DIRECTORS, AND PHILANTHROPISTS – TO NAME A FEW. AND WHAT THAT MEANT FOR ME WAS
THAT THIS WAS GOING TO BE A DIFFICULT ROAD, ESPECIALLY
IN THE BEGINNING. AND THAT PROVED TO BE TRUE.
I REMEMBER THAT I SPENT THE FIRST FEW SEMESTERS ALMOST
OBSESSIVELY EVALUATING MY RESPONSES AGAINST THOSE OF MY PEERS AND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT
WHAT ANALYSES THEY HAD MADE THAT MAYBE I DIDN’T PICK UP
ON. WHILE THIS CERTAINLY CONTRIBUTED
TO A LEVEL OF ANXIETY AND MADE FOR SOME EXTRA WORK
THAT I PROBABLY DIDN’T HAVE THE CAPACITY FOR, IT
ULTIMATELY FORCED ME TO LEARN FROM TWELVE OR FIFTEEN PEOPLE
INSTEAD OF JUST A PROFESSOR OR TWO. THIS SERVED ME WELL, AND SLOWLY,
I BEGAN TO FEEL MORE CONFIDENT. LOOKING BACK NOW, IT’S PRETTY
EASY TO IDENTIFY THAT FEELING OF UNCERTAINTY AS THE
DRIVER FOR MY EXTRA EFFORT. HISTORY HAS SHOWN US PLENTY OF
EXAMPLES OF THIS: IT’S WHY SO MANY ENTREPRENEURS ARE
FIRST GENERATION IMMIGRANTS, ITS WHY MOST
PROFESSIONAL BOXERS COME FROM UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES, AND ITS
WHY PEOPLE LIKE MY FATHER – WHO BROUGHT US HERE
FROM BRAZIL OVER 25 YEARS AGO – HAD THE MOTIVATION TO EARN
HIS PHD IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, BECAME AN EXPERT
IN STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, AND CONTINUES
PRACTICING FLUENCY IN FOUR LANGUAGES – EVEN AT THE AGE OF
65. THE KEY – I’VE LEARNED – IS THAT
IT DOESN’T TAKE GENIUS OR SOME ETHEREAL INTELLIGENCE TO
SUCCEED AND ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS. BUT WHAT IT DOES TAKE IS A
CONSTANT CHALLENGE AND A WILLINGNESS TO PUT YOURSELF IN
SITUATIONS WHERE YOU MAY IN FACT BE THE LEAST TALENTED
PERSON IN THE ROOM. MAYBE THE SLOPPIEST WRITER, THE
LEAST MATHEMATICALLY-INCLINED
ECONOMIST, THE FRENCH STUDENT WHOSE BAD ACCENT ISN’T JUST
ENGLISH BUT PORTUGUESE TOO (SORRY DAD!), THE MOST NERVOUS
PUBLIC SPEAKER (THAT’S FOR ME!), OR THE WORST CHEF. SURROUNDING YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE
THAT ARE SKILLED, MOTIVATED, AND HAVE THE
WILLINGNESS TO CHALLENGE YOUR THOUGHTS WILL MAKE YOU BETTER.
I HAVE NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. THE PROGRAM AT MAXWELL GAVE ME
THAT, AND NOW THE CHALLENGE FOR ALL OF US IS TO GO
OUT AND FIND THAT IN OUR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL
LIVES. FIND YOUR MAXWELL.
FIND THAT THING THAT YOU ENJOY, THAT YOU’RE PASSIONATE
ABOUT, BUT THAT MAYBE YOU AREN’T AN EXPERT AT JUST YET.
PUT YOURSELF IN SITUATIONS THAT ARE NOT COMFORTABLE,
AND DON’T SETTLE UNTIL YOU ARE. TO MY PEERS, PROFESSORS,
ADVISORS, AND SYRACUSE AND THE MAXWELL SCHOOL – A SINCERE THANK
YOU FOR THE INSPIRATION AND THE CHALLENGE. THE BEST PART ABOUT THE MAXWELL
MAFIA IS THAT THIS ISN’T BY ANY MEANS A GOODBYE.
THANK YOU! [ APPLAUSE ] DAVE: THANK YOU, RAISSA. IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO
INTRODUCE TO YOU ASSOCIATE DEAN CAROL FAULKNER WHO WILL
RECOGNIZE OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC AWARDS FOR 2019. DEAN FAULKNER IS THE ASSOCIATE
DEAN FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS AND A PROFESSOR OF
HISTORY IN THE MAXWELL SCHOOL. SHE IS THE AUTHOR OF MULTIPLE
BOOKS THAT EXPLORE THE HISTORY OF WOMEN, RACE, AND
SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES, INCLUDING
LUCRETIA MOTT’S HERESY, A BIOGRAPHY OF THE PIONEERING
QUAKER MINISTER, ABOLITIONIST, AND WOMEN’S RIGHTS
ACTIVIST. CAROL. [ APPLAUSE ] CAROL: HI. EVERY YEAR, EACH
DEPARTMENT IN MAXWELL REVIEWS THE DISSERTATIONS FROM
THEIR PHD CANDIDATES AND EACH SELECTS A RECIPIENT FOR
RECOGNITION. I WOULD ASK THE FOLLOWING
WINNERS OF THE 2019 DOCTORAL PRIZE AWARDS, IF PRESENT, TO
COME UP ON THE STAGE TO BE RECOGNIZED. PLEASE FIND THE TITLES OF EACH
WINNER’S DISSERTATION IN THE PROGRAM. ANTHROPOLOGY: CHRISTOPHER
WATERS ECONOMICS: JUDITH LIU HISTORY: KISHAUNA SOLJOUR GEOGRAPHY: JESSIE SPEER POLITICAL SCIENCE: DREW KINNEY PAIA: SUYEON JO SOCIAL SCIENCE: OLGA BOICHAK. SOCIOLOGY: TRACY VARGAS .
[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] EACH YEAR, THE GRADUATE SCHOOL
SOLICITS NOMINATIONS AND PRESENTS AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING
TEACHING ASSISTANTS. THESE AWARDS RECOGNIZE
APPROXIMATELY 4% OF TEACHING ASSISTANTS CAMPUS WIDE. THIS YEAR’S WINNERS FROM MAXWELL
INCLUDE: AARON BLASYAK, SOCIOLOGY
OLGA BOICHAK, SOCIAL SCIENCE MEHDI NEJATBAKHSH, SOCIOLOGY
AYKUT OZTURK, POLITICAL SCIENCE KISHAUNA SOLJOUR, HISTORY
SARAH STEGEMAN, HISTORY IF ANY OF THESE OUTSTANDING
TEACHING ASSISTANTS ARE PRESENT, PLEASE STAND. LET’S GIVE THEM A ROUND OF
APPLAUSE. [ APPLAUSE ] DAVE: THANK YOU, CAROL. NOW THE PART OF THE CEREMONY YOU
ALL HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR, WHEN WE RECOGNIZE EACH OF
OUR GRADUATES. YOU HAVE COME FROM ACROSS THE
UNITED STATES AND ALL OVER THE WORLD.
SOME OF YOU CAME TO MAXWELL DIRECTLY FROM UNDERGRADUATE
STUDIES WITH LITTLE OR NO PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE. SOME OF YOU HAVE HAD SUBSTANTIAL
PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE. SOME OF YOU COMPLETED THIS WORK
ON CAMPUS AND SOME COMPLETED THIS WORK ON-LINE.
SOME OF YOU HAVE BEEN JUGGLING WORK, GRADUATE SCHOOL,
AND PARENTING-AND FOR THOSE IN THIS LATTER CATEGORY WE
OFFER A SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU! NELL SILVA BARTKOWIAK DIRECTOR
OF THE EMPA ONLINE PROGRAM IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, AND MARGARET LANE,
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR IN THE EXECUTIVE EDUCATION PROGRAMS,
WILL READ THE NAMES OF OUR GRADUATES AS THEY WALK
ACROSS THE FRONT OF THE STAGE. [ GRADUATE NAMES BEING READ ] [ GRADUATE NAMES BEING READ ] … DAVE: LET’S HAVE ONE MORE ROUND
OF APPLAUSE FOR ALL OF OUR GRADUATING STUDENTS! [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO INVITE
TO THE STAGE AGAIN ASSOCIATE DEAN CAROL FAULKNER
WHO WILL RECOGNIZE OUR 2019 DANIEL PATRICK MOYNIHAN
AWARD FOR TEACHING AND RESEARCH. [ APPLAUSE ] CAROL: IN 1986, DANIEL PATRICK
MOYNIHAN, WHO WAS A FORMER JUNIOR FACULTY MEMBER IN
MAXWELL FROM 1959 TO 1961 AND WENT ON TO SERVE AS A
U.S. SENATOR AND STATESMAN, ENDOWED
THE DANIEL PATRICK MOYNIHAN AWARD TO BE PRESENTED
ANNUALLY TO AN OUTSTANDING, UNTENURED FACULTY
MEMBER WHO EXCELS IN TEACHING, RESEARCH, AND SERVICE. SENATOR MOYNIHAN RECOGNIZED THE
CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE OF RETAINING PROMISING YOUNG
FACULTY MEMBERS, AND FUNDED THE AWARD TO HELP MAXWELL DO SO. THIS AWARD IS THE MOST VALUED
RECOGNITION EARNED BY A JUNIOR FACULTY MEMBER IN THE
MAXWELL SCHOOL. THE 2019 RECIPIENT OF THE DANIEL
PATRICK MOYNIHAN AWARD FOR TEACHING AND RESEARCH IS
GUIDO PEZZAROSSI, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF
ANTHROPOLOGY. [ APPLAUSE ] EACH YEAR THE DANIEL PATRICK
MOYNIHAN AWARD WINNER SERVES AS OUR FEATURED SPEAKER
AT CONVOCATION. IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT I
INTRODUCE GUIDO PEZZAROSSI. GUIDO PEZZAROSSI IS AN ASSISTANT
PROFESSOR OF ANTHROPOLOGY IN THE MAXWELL
SCHOOL. HE JOINED THE FACULTY IN 2014
AFTER RECEIVING A PH.D. IN ANTHROPOLOGY AT STANFORD
UNIVERSITY. YOU CAN TELL BY HIS LOVELY RED
ROBES. AT SYRACUSE, GUIDO’S RESEARCH
AND TEACHING HAVE FOCUSED ON THE USE OF ARCHAEOLOGY TO
BETTER UNDERSTAND THE ENTANGLEMENTS BETWEEN
COLONIALISM AND CAPITALISM AND MORE THOROUGHLY RECONSTRUCT THE
DIVERSE ASSEMBLAGE OF HUMAN AND NONHUMAN ACTORS THAT
COMPRISED EARLY MODERN COLONIAL CONTEXTS IN THE NEW
WORLD. PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING
AND WELCOMING GUIDO. [ APPLAUSE ] GUIDO: THANKS SO MUCH FOR
HAVING ME, AND CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU
FOR WHAT IS A MASSIVE ACHIEVEMENT AND JUST A SPECIAL
NOTE OF APPRECIATION FOR WHAT IT TOOK YOU ALL TO GET
HERE: COUNTLESS HOURS OF LABOR, SACRIFICING TIME WITH
FAMILY AND FRIENDS, FINANCIAL BURDENS TAKEN ON AND
DEALT WITH, AS WELL AS THE BODILY DEBTS INCURRED BY THE
SEDIMENTARY NATURE OF GRADUATE-LEVEL ACADEMIC WORK,
INCLUDING THE DREADED STUDY INJURIES. I WANT TO THANK FOLKS TO MAKE
SURE THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO MY WORK ARE BEING PROPERLY
RECOGNIZED AND THE COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT AND PROCESS
THAT I TRIED TO MAKE CENTRAL TO MY OWN WORK BE FRONT
AND CENTER. TO THE MOYNIHAN AWARD SELECTION
COMMITTEE, TO DEAN’S VAN SLYKE, FAULKNER AND LONDON, AND
MY OTHER COLLEAGUES AND ADMINISTRATORS IN THE MAXWELL
SCHOOL FOR THEIR MULTI-FACETED SUPPORT, AND
ENCOURAGEMENT, ESPECIALLY WITH THE AT TIMES UNUSUAL
REQUESTS FOR HELP RELATED TO RUNNING FIELD AND LAB-BASED
ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROJECTS, AND GENERALLY DEALING WITH THE
QUIRKINESS THAT COMES WITH BEING AN ARCHAEOLOGIST. TO MY COLLEAGUES IN THE
DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY WHO HAVE BEEN EXEMPLARY IN
ESTABLISHING A SUPPORTIVE AND WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT FOR NEW
FACULTY, ESPECIALLY ONE FRESH FROM GRADUATE SCHOOL
STUMBLING AROUND LEARNING HOW TO DO PRACTICALLY EVERYTHING. AND FOR DEMONSTRATING THE
EFFICACY OF THAT SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT IN HELPING JUNIOR
FACULTY ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS AND PERHAPS MORE
IMPORTANTLY, FOR HELPING ME FEEL LIKE I BELONG HERE. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO OFFER AN
ESPECIALLY ENTHUSIASTIC THANK YOU TO THE STUDENTS AT
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY; YOU ALL HAVE BECOME ENMESHED AND
CRUCIAL CONTRIBUTORS TO EVERYTHING I DO HERE, PROVIDING
INSPIRATION, MOTIVATION AND DIRECT TANGIBLE
CONTRIBUTIONS TO IMPROVING MY RESEARCH AND TEACHING. IN PARTICULAR, ANTHROPOLOGY JUST
HOSTED AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE THIS PAST WEEKEND,
THE THEORETICAL ARCHAEOLOGY GROUP (TAG) MEETINGS
THAT WAS LARGELY DRIVEN, ORGANIZED AND MADE
POSSIBLE BY GRADUATE STUDENTS AND UNDERGRADUATE VOLUNTEERS. LASTLY, I’D LIKE TO REITERATE
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT WITH RESPECT OF THE ONONDAGA NATION,
FIREKEEPERS OF THE HAUDENOSAUNEE, THE INDIGENOUS
PEOPLE ON WHOSE ANCESTRAL LANDS SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY NOW
STANDS. IN ADDITION, TO THE DESCENDANTS
OF THE KAQCHIKEL MAYA, AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS OF
PARRAMOS, GUATEMALA FOR WELCOMING ME ONTO THEIR LAND AND
ENTHUSIASTICALLY ENGAGING IN COLLABORATIVE
RESEARCH ON THEIR HISTORY, FOR TRUSTING ME WITH ORAL HISTORIES
THAT ARE AT TIMES PAINFUL TO REMEMBER AS THE
PLACES CENTRAL TO THE COLONIAL HISTORY OF THEIR
COMMUNITY INTERSECT WITH THE VIOLENCE OF THE MORE RECENT
CONFLICTS IN HIGHLAND GUATEMALA. AND OF COURSE TO THE WIDE
NETWORK OF COLLABORATORS AND FAMILY IN GUATEMALA WHO
CONSISTENTLY MAKE FEASIBLE THE RESEARCH THAT WE CARRY OUT. I WANT TO ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE THE
HO-CHUNK, ON WHOSE ANCESTRAL LAND OUR FIELD SCHOOL
RESEARCH PROGRAM IS CARRIED OUT AND MY COLLABORATORS
IN SHULLSBURG, WISCONSIN WHOSE LOVE AND
APPRECIATION OF HISTORY HAS DRIVEN OUR CURRENT PROJECT AT A
MINING BOOM TOWN LOCATED IN THEIR BACKYARD. BACKYARD.I WANT TO RETURN TO A
POINT I MADE EARLIER ABOUT FOSTERING
INCLUSION IN OUR WORK AND DISCIPLINES BY STRIVEING TO MAKE
OUR COLLEAGUES, STUDENTS AND THE COMMUNITIES WE
WORK WITH FEEL THAT THEY BELONG, THAT THEY ARE
STAKEHOLDERS WHOSE VOICES ARE NOT JUST INCLUDEED BUT HEARD
. MY RESEARCH IS CENTERED ON USING
ARKOLOGY IN CON CONJUNCTION WITH ORAL HEIST RE
AND ARCHIVE EVIDENCE TO EMPHASIZE HIDDEN AND NEGLECTED
HISTORIES AND COLONIZED DOMINANT NARRATIVES BY RECOVER
ING TRACES OF LIVES OF THOSE OF LITTLE NOTE THROUGH
THEIR DAILY PRACTICES AND THE THINGS THEY IF THAT BRING
NEW PERSPECTIVES ON EXPERIENCES AND WAYS OF BEING IN
THE WORLD THAT AT TIMES HAVE BEEN DISTORTED,
ERASED OR SYSTEMATICALLY IGNORED.
I FOCUS ON THE EXPERIENCES OF COLONIAL MAYA AND
GUATEMALA IN ORDER TO MAKE SENSE HOW PARTICULAR
ECONOMIC, POLITICAL AND POLICIES AND PRACTICES SHAPED
AND CONTINUE TO SHAPE THE CON TOURS OF POWER THAT
STRUCTURE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INDIGENOUS
COMMUNITIES AND THE GUATEMALA STATE THAT UNDERWRITES
THE CONTINUED EXCLUSION OF INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES IN
GUATEMALA FROM THE NATIONAL PROJECT.
I TRY AND MAKE THIS WORK BACK AGAINST THE DISCOURSES,
INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES SOLELY IN THE PAST, OR WORSE
VANISHED AND NOT BELONGING TO THE MODERN WORLD IN WHICH
THEY ARE A PART DESPITE ENDURE ING AND PERSISTING THROUGH
THE MULTIFACETED VIOLENCE OF COL ONIZATION.
MY MORE RECENT COLLABORATIONS SEEN ARKOLOGY ADD ON TO
ORAL HISTORIES FROM COMMUNITY ELDERS AND BUILD ON THE
HISTORICAL WORK THEY HAVE ALREADY ACCUMULATEED AND WANT
WANTED TO SHARE AMONG SCHOLARLY COMMUNITIES AND THE
PUBLIC. I HAVE SEEN ASPECTS OF MY WORK
SHIFT TOWARDS BEING MORE OF A FACILITATOR FOR THESE
KNOWLEDGES AND VOICES. MY CURRENT PROJECT AT THE
COLONIAL MAYA COMMUNITY FITS THIS MOLD AS LOCAL COMMUNITY
MEMBERS, ESPECIALLY TRIED TO ESTABLISH AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL
RESEARCH PROJECT AT THE SITE FOR MORE THAN 25 YEARS YET
HAD BEEN IGNORED GIVEN THE BIAS AGAINST THE COLONIAL
HISTORY BY THE ARCHAEOLOGISTS AND THE ADD ADD
VOCATIONAL NATURE OF THE WORK CARRIED OUT SEEN AS NOT
HAVING A PLACE WITHIN THE SCHOLARLY DISCUSSION.
I’M SURE MANY OF YOU HAVE ALREADY ENGAGED IN SIMILAR
WORK AND IN SOME CASES YOU YOURSELF ARE PROVIDING AND
INCORPORATEING THOSE EXCLUDED VOICES.
YOU ARE ALL IN AN INTERESTING TRANSITION POINT.
LEAVING GRADUATE SCHOOL AND ENTRY POSITIONS WHERE YOU
WILL BE MORE VISIBLE AS KNOWLEDGE PRODUCERS, RECOGNIZED
AS EXPERTS AND LOOKED TO AS LEADERS AS THOSE WITH
ANSWERS. IT CAN FEEL LIKE A RADICAL SHIFT
AT TIMES, LURCHING TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THINGS AND
FINDING YOURSELF SURROUND SURROUNDED BY PEOPLE MONTHS WORK
INFLUENCEED YOUR OWN OR YOU MOLDED YOUR CAREER AFTER.
EXCEPT NOW YOU CALL THEM YOUR COLLEAGUES.
INTENSEIFYING KICKING OFF THATEL TOOING OF NOT BELONGING
BELONGING, THAT DREADED IMPOSTER SYNDROME THAT DRIVES
YOU TO WONDER RIGHT BEFORE YOU FALL ASLEEP IF IT’S
POSSIBLE THAT SOME KIND OF WEIRD ADMINISTRATIVE ERROR
LED TO YOUR HIRE. I WAS BORN IN GUATEMALA AND THE
VILE EPS OF THE CIVIL WAR AND IMPERIAL INTERVENTIONS
INTENSEIFIED, WE MOVED TO CHICAGO TO LIVE IN MY UNFINISHED
BASEMENT AT MY AUNT’S PLACE AS MY PARENT FOUND PLACES
TO WORK THAT WOULDN’T HOLD THEIR ACCENTS AGAINST THEM.
WE LIVED THROUGH THE CULTURAL AND PHYSICAL ISOLATION OF
BEING IMMIGRANTS AND THE ASSOCIATED PREICATORY OF START
STARTING ANEW IN A PLACE THAT IS NOW HOME EVEN THOUGH
YOU’RE CONSTANTLY REMINDED IN A VARIETY OF WAYS THAT
YOU DON’T QUITE BELONG. GIVEN THE RECENT DEMONIZATION OF
IMMIGRANTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE FROM MEXICAN COUNTRIES,
LIKE GUATEMALA IN PARTICULAR, SUCH FEELINGS OF
EXCLUSION HAVE ONLY INTENSEIFIED OF LATE.
I HAVE BEEN LUCKY TO FALL INTO A VARIETY OF SUPPORT
NETWORKS IN MY EDUCATION AND CAREER FOR MY FAMILY, MY
GRADUATE COHORTS, ADVISORS AND MENTORS WHO MODELED THE
EFFICACY OF COMPASSION, GENEROS ITY AND CARE IN MAKING
STUDENTS AND COLLEAGUES FEEL THEY HAVE A PLACE AND
VOICE WORTH HEARING AND ACADEMIA AND BEYOND.
I FOUND THAT HERE IN MAXWELL, AND I CAN’T EXPRESS HOW
MUCH IT MEANS TO BE RECOGNIZED AND TO BE HEARD BY
COLLEAGUES I LOOK UP TO AND WANT TO BE JUST LIKE WHEN I
GROW UP. AS YOU MOVE ON FROM SU WITH YOUR
GRADUATE DEGREES, YOU’LL QUICKLY FIND YOURSELF IN
POSITIONS OF POWER SITTING ON COMMITTEES AND BOARDS
WITH THE ABILITY TO DRIVE POLICY, TO MAKE CHANGES,
TO SERVE OR CONTINUE TO SERVE AS ADVISORS AND MENTORS
AND EDUCATORS. YOU’LL DO GREAT THINGS BUT
WHATEVER THE FIELD OR SECTOR YOU END UP IN, WORK TO FOSTER,
NOT JUST INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY.
BUT A SENSE OF BELONGING, PARTICULARLY FOR A MORE
VULNERABLE NEIGHBORS AND COMMUNITIES.
AND FOR KNOWLEDGE AND POSITIONAL STILL NEGLECTED OR
MINIMIZED. IT’S IMPORTANT TO WORK TOWARDS
UNDERMINING STRUCTURAL OBSTACLES KEEPING STUDENTS AND
COLLEAGUES FROM CONTRIBUTEING TO THE PROCESS AND
INSTITUTIONS OF KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION.
WORK NOT TO INSULATE YOURSELF IN THOSE EXISTING
STRUCTURES, BUT INSTEAD TO ACTIVELY DEMYSTIFY VARIOUS
ASPECTS OF ACADEMIA, ACADEMIC LIFE, GRADUATE SCHOOL AND
OTHER CAREER OPPORTUNITIES. WORK TO BUILD COLLABORATIONS AND
RELATIONSHIPS AND NOT EXTRACT NETWORKS OF CONTEXT.
AND WORK TO DRAW AS MANY AS POSSIBLE INTO CONVERSATION
WITH KNOWLEDGE PRODUCERS LIKE YOURSELF OF WHICH YOU ARE
NOW MORE VISIBLY A PART. BEYOND THE STRUCTURAL, DON’T
NEGLECT THE EVERY DAY. AS ARCHAEOLOGISTS WE ARE ATTUNED
TO THE DAY-TO-DAY, THE ACTS OF REFUSE, DISPOSAL, FOOD
PREPARATION THAT ARE IN MONUMENTAL HOPES, THAT RECORD
CENTURIES OF ACTION. DECOLONIZATION NEEDS TO WORK
AGAINST STRUCTURAL OBSTACLES AND IN LOCAL CONTEXT
OF ARTICULATION AT THE SAME TIME.
AT THE SCALE OF MICROAGGRESSIONS AS PART OF DAY-TO-DAY
INTERACTIONS AND HALLWAYS, CLASSROOMS AND PARTIES AND
MEETINGS. A GREAT BLOG POST IS TITLEED IN
FOOTNOTES, TITLEED, DECOL DECOLONIZING EVERY DAY PRACTICES
IN SPACE, THAT SPEAKS REALLY WELL TO THIS POINT.
THEY NOTE QUOTE WE HAVE TO DO BETTER EVERY TIME
AND EVERY DAY.
JUST BECAUSE WE DID BETTER ONE TIME IT DOESN’T MEAN WE
ACCOMPLISHED IT. WE JUST HAVE TO DO BETTER ALL
THE TIME. AND THAT INVOLVES CURRICULUM,
SYLLABUS, MENTORSHIP, COMMUNICATIONS AND EVERY DAY
OPERATIONS OF OUR DEPARTMENTS AND PROFESSIONAL
ORGANIZATIONS AND OUR EVERY DAY PRACTICES.
WE HAVE TO WORK TO CRAFT AND TRANSLATE DECOLONIAL
POLICIES INTO EVERY DAY ACTIONS EVEN IF IT IS PAINFULLY
APPARENT WE CANNOT FIX THE UNJUST SYSTEM TOMORROW OR
NEXT WEEK. SO WITH THAT, CONGRATULATIONS TO
ALL OF YOU, TO YOUR FAMILIES AND TO THE MORE
EQUITABLE AND JUST FUTURES YOU’LL LEAD US TO SOON.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH! [ APPLAUSE ] DAVE: MANY FACULTY MEMBERS OF
THE MAXWELL COMMUNITY WERE RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING
PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS THIS YEAR: MEREDITH TEACHING RECOGNITION
AWARD THE UNIVERSITY RECOGNIZES
EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AT THE NON-TENURED FACULTY RANK
SPONSORED BY THE MEREDITH PROFESSORS. THIS YEAR, TESSA MURPHY OF
HISTORY RECEIVED THE UNIVERSITY’S MEREDITH TEACHING
RECOGNITION AWARD. [ APPLAUSE ] THE GRADUATE SCHOOL HONORS
FACULTY MEMBERS WHOSE DEDICATION TO GRADUATE STUDENTS
AND COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE IN GRADUATE TEACHING
AND MENTORING HAVE MADE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO
GRADUATE EDUCATION AT SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY. THE 2019 RECIPIENTS FROM THE
MAXWELL FACULTY ARE: ANDREW COHEN, PROFESSOR OF
HISTORY SETH JOLLY, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
OF POLITICAL SCIENCE JENNIFER KARAS MONTEZ, PROFESSOR
OF SOCIOLOGY GUIDO PEZZAROSSI, ASSISTANT
PROFESSOR OF ANTHROPOLOGY .
PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATE ING THEM.
[ APPLAUSE ] THE WILLIAM WASSERSTROM PRIZE
FOR GRADUATE TEACHING HAS BEEN AWARDED TO DEBORAH PELLOW,
PROFESSOR OF ANTHROPOLOGY. [ APPLAUSE ]
THE 2019-20 FULBRIGHT US SCHOLAR GRANT TO RUSSIA
RECIPIENT IS CRAIGE CHAMPION, PROFESSOR OF HISTORY. [ APPLAUSE ]
YINGYI MA, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY, RECEIVED A PUBLIC INTELLECTUALS PROGRAM
FELLOWSHIP APPOINTED BY THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON
US-CHINA RELATIONS FOR 2019-21. [ APPLAUSE ] THOMAS KECK, PROFESSOR OF
POLITICAL SCIENCE AND MICHAEL O. SAWYER CHAIR OF
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND POLITICS, WAS NAMED A 2019 ANDREW CARNEGIE
FELLOW, ONE OF ONLY 32 RECIPIENTS CHOSEN FROM HUNDREDS
OF APPLICATIONS NATIONALLY. THE CARNEGIE FELLOWSHIPS ARE THE
MOST GENEROUS AND PRESTIGIOUS FELLOWSHIPS IN THE
SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES.
CONGRATULATIONS TOM. [ APPLAUSE ] AS WE MOVE TO THE END OF OUR
CEREMONY I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DID NOT THANK OUR
INCREDIBLE MAXWELL SCHOOL STAFF FOR ALL THEIR HARD WORK IN
PLANNING THIS EVENT-AND THE SUPERB WORK THAT THEY DO ALL
YEAR LONG. PLEASE JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING
THE MAXWELL TEAM JESSICA WHITLEY, HOLLY JOHNSON, AND
KATHLEEN BRUNNER WHO HAVE ORGANIZED THIS VERY MEANINGFUL
EVENT, ALONG WITH MARGARET LANE, NELL SILVA
BARTKOWIAK, THE GREAT STAFF OF ICT, NUMEROUS STAFF
VOLUNTEERS FROM ACROSS ALL MAXWELL DEPARTMENTS, AND THE
FACULTY THAT HAVE WORKED WITH PASSION AND COMMITMENT TO
ENSURE THAT YOU’VE HAD THE MOST ENRICHING EXPERIENCE
POSSIBLE. [ APPLAUSE ] AN ACADEMIC PROGRAM IS ONLY AS
STRONG AS ITS FACULTY. WILL ALL MAXWELL FACULTY STAND
AND BE RECOGNIZED? [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU FOR ACKNOWLEDGING OUR
FACULTY’S DEDICATION AND SERVICE TO OUR STUDENTS, THE
MAXWELL SCHOOL AND THE UNIVERSITY.
THEY ARE AN AMAZING GROUP OF TEACHERS, SCHOLARS AND
COLLEAGUES! THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR CONTINUED
COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE! BEFORE WE END OUR CEREMONY AND
SEND YOU OFF TO CELEBRATE WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND
FAMILY, WE WILL CONCLUDE WITH A GREAT MAXWELL
TRADITION – THE READING OF THE ATHENIAN OATH. I ASK THAT YOU ALL RISE AND JOIN
ME IN RECITING THE OATH LOCATED ON THE BACK PAGE OF
YOUR PROGRAM. WE WILL EVER STRIVE FOR THE
IDEALS AND SACRED THINGS OF THE CITY BOTH ALONE AND WITH MANY; WE
WILL UNCEASINGLY SEEK TO QUICKEN
THE SENSE OF PUBLIC DUTY; WE WILL REVERE AND OBEY THE
CITY’S LAWS; WE WILL TRANSMIT THIS CITY NOT
ONLY NOT LESS, BUT GREATER
BETTER, AND MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN IT WAS TRANSMITTED TO
US. THANK YOU.
YOU MAY BE SEATED. I HOPE THAT YOUR TIME SPENT AT
THE MAXWELL SCHOOL WILL SERVE YOU WELL IN THE YEARS TO
COME. YOU HAVE MADE FRIENDS HERE THAT
WILL LAST A LIFETIME. PART OF WHAT UNITES YOU AS
FRIENDS -THE EXPERIENCE HERE- ALSO UNITES YOU WITH MORE
THAN 30,000 MAXWELL ALUMNI AROUND THE WORLD. THEY WANT TO GET TO KNOW YOU AND
SUPPORT YOU IN THE MONTHS AND YEARS AHEAD. STARTING TODAY, YOU EXTEND AND
STRENGTHEN THE MAXWELL ALUMNI NETWORK AND WE EXPECT YOU
TO SIMILARLY REACH OUT AND SUPPORT FELLOW ALUMNI AND
FUTURE MAXWELL STUDENTS. YOUR COMMITMENT BECOMES A PART
OF THE TRADITION, THE SUCCESS, AND THE SOUL OF THE
MAXWELL SCHOOL. ON BEHALF OF ALL OF US HERE ON
THE STAGE AND THE FACULTY AND STAFF WHO COULD NOT
BE HERE TODAY, IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE GETTING TO KNOW
ALL OF YOU DURING YOUR YEARS HERE AT MAXWELL. WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE ALL OF THE
AMAZING THINGS THAT YOU ACCOMPLISH, AND WE HOPE YOU’LL
KEEP IN TOUCH – DON’T BE AFRAID TO BRAG TO US! LEARNING ABOUT AND SHARING YOUR
NEWS IS ONE OF THE BEST PARTS OF OUR JOBS! HOW ABOUT ONE MORE ROUND OF
APPLAUSE FOR THE 2019 GRADUATING CLASS! [ APPLAUSE ] THE OFFICIAL PARTY ON THE STAGE
WILL LEAVE FIRST. STUDENTS WILL FOLLOW ROW BY ROW
FROM THE FRONT TO THE BACK LED BY YOUR CLASS MARSHAL
SYBELLE RODRIGUEZ DEL VALLE. I ASK ALL GUESTS TO REMAIN IN
PLACE UNTIL ALL OF THE STUDENTS HAVE RECESSED. I INVITE YOU ALL TO JOIN US AT
THE RECEPTION HONORING ALL OF OUR STUDENTS OUTSIDE IN
THE MAXWELL COURTYARD. THE 2019 MAXWELL GRADUATE
CONVOCATION IS NOW ADJOURNED. [ APPLAUSE ]