January 12, 2009
Assistant Professor of Sociology Katrin Kriz is conducting research on the effects of public policy on low-income families and immigrant families in the United States and Western Europe. Kriz is a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her research explores what the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a tax credit for low-income working families, means to the lives of such families in the Boston area. Kriz also studies the challenges that child welfare workers in England and Norway experience when interacting with immigrant children and their families, and explores the health effects of transnational parenting on new immigrant parents in the United States who have children living abroad. Through faculty-student research funding, Kriz is also collaborating with Emmanuel student Meaghan Mingo ’10 on a research project that analyzes the extent of family network support among low-income immigrant families in Boston.
Assistant Professor and Co-Chair of the Department of Performance Arts Tom Schnauber was invited to join Composers in Red Sneakers, an eight-member composer collective that has been active in Boston and New England for over 25 years commissioning and performing new works of music. On September 27th his song cycle, Kleine Lieder (texts by von Hofmannsthal) for voice and piano, was performed in Dresden, Germany and then again on September 28th in Leipzig, as part of a lecture-concert series highlighting German-American cultural exchange. Also, Schnauber’s work for flute and piano, Those Infernal Exsanguinators, was performed by Tamara Thweat and Hye-Seon Choi as part of the recital of new music at the University of Indianapolis. Schnauber’s children's musical called Town Mouse and Country Mouse (book and lyrics by Jeff Duncan) was produced, directed, and performed by members of the Emmanuel College Theatre Guild.
Assistant Professor of Education Sister Karen Hokanson, SND, was the keynote speaker at the September Conference for National Communicators Network of Religious Congregations held in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her topic was entitled “Collaborative Technologies: Enhancing Mission.” Sister Karen demonstrated how new technology tools can transform and assist religious women’s congregations in promoting their life and mission. In addition to the keynote address, Sister Karen led break-out sessions on the next generation of Web 2.0 collaboration tools and ways to implement these tools to enhance the mission of religious congregations.