Fall 2020

There is an abundance of focus these days on the ways in which we interact with each other and with our environments. These themes are present in the fall edition of Colgate Research as well, reflecting the great variety of investigation pursued by members of the Colgate University faculty.

In this issue, we learn about the ways in which the natural world is responding to the realities of climate change. We find a member of our educational studies department helping teachers engage with their students on topics of gender identity and sexuality. For researchers in our Robert H.N. Ho Mind, Brain, and Behavior Initiative, the question to answer is, “At what age do we begin to use body language as a form of communication in conjunction with the spoken word?”

Going back in time, a Colgate historian tells the tales of people who toured the country, engaging with fellow citizens to document them for the national census. And a specialist in romance languages tells the story of a 19th-century Cuban activist and poet, who lived the life of an exile.

Wherever you are, however you engage with these words, I hope that you are well and that you enjoy another glimpse into the rigorous academic life of this institution.

Tracey E. Hucks ’87, MA’90
Provost and Dean of the Faculty
James A. Storing Professor of Religion and Africana & Latin American Studies

All Stories

Looking down over a railing at a map on the floor of the District Six Museum

Memory Work

While some of these institutions encourage the kinds of productive historical dialogue that Karn believes can help former enemies, survivors, and future generations move toward peace, others fuel — or do little to temper — ongoing hostility.
Man posing with microphone

Dancing Otherwise

According to Assistant Professor of Dance Amy Swanson, the contemporary Senegalese dance scene has become a liminal space in which artists can explore expressions of gender and sexuality that are at odds with social norms — as long as they deny they’re doing any such thing.