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Polson Seminar

Friday, September 20, 2019 at 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Warren Hall, B73 Polson Seminar Hall

Time: 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Title: The Almighty Dollar: Power, Religion and Race in a Polarized Community

Presenter: John Sipple


The book project will offer a deep dive into the mechanics of community polarization and how detailed intervention, support and understanding helped but did not solve the deep-rooted mistrust and hatred. The key themes are democratic participation, cultural expectations of education, and navigating legal frameworks for school and community change. 

Time: 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Title: Teambuilding and Development in Kenya: Lessons Learned

Presenter: Larry Van De Valk and Natasha Thompson


With support from the Polson Institute for Global Development, Lawrence Van De Valk, Senior Extension Associate in Development Sociology was able to present a teambuilding workshop to approximately 35 staff and volunteers at the Science Center Kenya (SCK) in December 2018. The SCK is based at the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) in Nairobi, Kenya, and seeks to promote education in STEM fields to underserved youth in schools throughout Kenya. Van De Valk will summarize his teambuilding efforts with the organization. In addition, Natasha Thompson (Executive Director of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and LEAD New York class 17 Fellow) will discuss the class 17 study trip to Kenya in February 2019. Thompson will share lessons learned from that trip, paying particular attention to insights on community development efforts in the country.







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Department of Development Sociology (DSOC), Development Sociology


dsoc, devsoc, polson






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Maina Dhital

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John Sipple; Larry Van De Valk and Natasha Thomson

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DSOC and Lead New York Program

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