2019 Summer Workshop Highlights

The IRT opened its 29th Summer Workshop program this July. Welcoming members of the 2019 cohort, more than 30 IRT alumni and IRT consortium deans and representatives, the workshop was an engaging experience for all constituents.

IRT Intern, Sherline Renodo and IRT faculty member, Jaymon Ortega, IRT 15 during seminar.
Charles Allen Ross, IRT Intern

“Being an IRT intern in Andover this summer gave me life. IRT gave me life because it put me an intellectually stimulating environment that challenged me not only to grow as an academic but as a person.  The challenges that IRT presented me with pushed me to see my full potential. I am forever in debt to IRT for giving me life.”

 

2019 Recruiter’s Weekend
Students gleamed insight on consortium school’s program offerings as they begin to navigate the process and develop their application materials. Throughout the weekend, IRT students had the opportunity to make valuable connections with deans and liaisons and establish relationships with each other.

IRT Recruiter’s Fair 2019
IRT Recruiter’s Fair 2019
IRT students enjoying the sunshine before their next session.
IRT students heading to meet consortium deans and liaisons.

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New Online IRT Alumni Network Set to Launch later this Fall

The IRT is excited to announce the development of an online IRT alumni network planned to launch later this fall. We have collaborated with Almabase to create this new initiative providing an online network to help IRT alumni connect with each other and with the IRT. We hope it will be used and a resource for news, professional and mentoring opportunities, and much more. Stay tuned for details on the launch of this exciting new IRT initiative!

“We are thrilled that the IRT will be able to provide a platform where our current students and alumni can connect around research, professional development, and mentorship.”

Kate Slater, Associate Director & Manager of Programs, IRT

 

 

 

 

2018 Cohort Matriculation News

Over the past year, the IRT has assisted 94 students in their graduate school preparations in their pursuit of doctoral and Master’s degrees in the humanities, social sciences and education fields. We are excited to report that the 2018 cohort received nearly 353 acceptances to graduate school programs, and 70% received partial to full graduate school funding at the following institutions:

Auburn University*
Boston College
Brown University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Duke University
Emory University
George Washington University
Harvard University
Indiana University, Bloomington*
LeHigh University*
Michigan State University, Education

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Creating a Syllabus that Centers Black History

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Creating a Syllabus that Centers Black History
 – by Andrea Adomako, IRT ’14

In James Baldwin’s “A Talk to Teachers” (1963) Baldwin wrote the following:
The paradox of education is precisely this – that as one begins to become   conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated. The purpose of education…is to create in a person the ability to look at the world for himself, to make his own decisions, to say to himself this is black or this is white…to ask questions of the universe, and then learn to live with those questions, is the way he achieves his own identity. But no society is really anxious to have that kind of person around. What societies really, ideally, want is a citizenry which will simply obey the rules of society.  

Today, considering the current socio-political environment we live in, Baldwin’s words still ring true. As students are taught to “ask questions of the universe and then learn to live with those questions” Black History has a historical role in inspiring the productive inquiry Baldwin speaks of. In recent years there has been a greater push to consider Black History beyond the month of February. Incorporating Black history year round is an important pedagogical shift that asks educators to elevate the history, events, and individuals that shape Black history both in the United States and globally. This shift begins first and foremost with the syllabus. Whether you are teaching a traditional History, English, or Engineering Course; or if you are teaching within an interdisciplinary field, the syllabus is the place to express and reflect your political and ethical commitments to Black History.
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Annita Lucchesi, IRT ’11 Launches Sovereign Bodies Institute

Annita Lucchesi

My participation in IRT’s summer workshop, and the mentorship I received afterwards, was one of my first experiences in being asked to consider what kind of scholarly research I intended to do, and was where I first learned to be mindful in deciding where my ‘intervention’ might be. Being asked to imagine myself as a future leader in research was an empowering experience, and I credit IRT with many of the lessons I work to impart upon the students I work with today. Indeed, one of my most powerful memories of IRT’s summer workshop is watching our entire cohort, one by one, learn to proudly identify ourselves as scholars—I now do that same exercise with the students I mentor.

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