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Crafting Careers in Diverse Fields of Expertise

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 5:00 PM until 6:00 PM

Our alumni tell us they apply their M.A.C.S. education every day in their professional lives, sometimes in surprising ways.  They are doing amazing work in a variety of professional fields: arts, healthcare, cultural tourism, workforce development, landscape design, immigration rights, community organizing, and more.  What does it mean to apply a cultural lens to work in any field?  Join some of our alumni for a fascinating look at how their M.A.C.S. education is changing the way they work.

Meet the participants:

My name is Joanne Nani Lewis and I am Taino from Puerto Rico. I finished my M.A. in Cultural Sustainability at Goucher College in December 2013.  My husband and I own a film production company called Fox Clan Productions. We are currently contracted by Native Hope to create documentaries and podcasts. I am also managing three programs (Family, Friends and Neighbors, Prenatal Education and Outreach Programs) at United Way of Santa Fe County. Writing is my favorite hobby. I just finished a book called The Garnet Giants.
Born in CT and raised in the woods of mid-coast Maine in the summer, Amara Watkin-Anson finally rooted herself in Portland, Maine after traveling extensively in Africa and India. Former dancer, part-time farmer, full-time foodie and environmentalist, Amara has an interest in how things came to be, a drive to make them better, and a belief that it is from points of struggle that we grow the most.
Candyce Testa is a member of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal nation. She has been employed for over 10 years by the tribe as a teacher of Pequot culture, history, language, and arts with the goals of strengthening Pequot identity and dispelling stereotypes.  Her research interests include finding ways for indigenous people to reclaim their cultural landscapes through the changing of both the names and narratives of sacred places.

With community input, she has written two children’s books, “Kiswas, Story of a Pequot Boy” and Weekápaheek”. Both books not only present important community specific knowledge, but Pequot cultural expectations as well.As an artist, her cornhusk dolls, clothing, and jewelry can be purchased at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. Candyce is a 2006 URI B.A. graduate of Anthropology, and a 2018 graduate of the M.A.C.S. Program. 

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