2016-2017 Reading Series
Thursday, March 16, 2017, 5:10 p.m.
Wendell Will Room
Lauren Acampora is the author of The Wonder Garden (Grove Atlantic), a collection of linked stories which won the GLCA New Writers Award for Fiction (2016), and was both a finalist for the New England Book Award and on the longlist for The Story Prize. The book was also a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and an Indie Next selection, and was chosen as one of the best books of the year by NPR. Acampora’s stories have appeared in literary journals such as The Paris Review, Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, New England Review, and Antioch Review. She has received fellowships from the Ucross Foundation, Writers OMI International Residency, and the Ragdale Foundation. A graduate of Brown University and Brooklyn College, Acampora lives in Westchester County, New York.
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 5:10 p.m.
Wendell Will Room
Natalie Scenters-Zapico is the author of The Verging Cities, which won the GLCA New Writers Award for Poetry (2016), 2015 NACCS Tejas FOCO Book Award, and 2016 Utah Book Award in poetry. The poetry collection was also named a Must-Read Debut by LitHub and listed as a top ten debut of 2015 by Poets and Writers. Her poems have appeared in literary journals and anthologies such as American Poets, The Believer, Prairie Schooner, West Branch, and Best American Poetry 2015. A Canto Mundo fellow, Natalie Scenters-Zapico is from the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, U.S.A. and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México. She lives in Salt Lake City. For more information, visit her at https://nataliescenterszapico.com/.
Carrie Booth Walling, Associate Professor
Carrie Booth Walling is an Associate Professor or Political Science and Associate Director of the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program. Walling teaches courses in international politics and human rights. Her research focuses on international responses to mass atrocity crimes including military humanitarian intervention and human rights trials; and how human rights norms are changing the meaning of state sovereignty at the United Nations. Walling is author of All Necessary Measures: The United Nations and Humanitarian Intervention, Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania Press 2013). To learn more about her book and how the stories we tell each other about violence and civil war affect UN Security Council decision-making, listen to this podcast from the genocide prevention series as part of the New Book Network.
Walling has published articles on ethnic cleansing, humanitarian intervention, transitional justice, and international human rights trials in the Journal of Peace Research, Human Rights Quarterly, International Journal of Human Rights, Civil Wars and New Global Studies. Working collaboratively with Susan Waltz (University of Michigan), Walling has launched a website on human rights advocacy and the history of international human rights standards - which she describes as is a free, online text book. She is active with the Holocaust Studies Service Learning Project at Albion College, serves on the Executive Board for the International Studies Association Human Rights Section, and is the editor for the human trafficking blog, Voices of Change for the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force. She was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa Scholar of the Year Award in 2015 and the New Development Fellowship in 2014 for her scholarship. From January - August 2017 Walling will serve as a Visiting Research Scholar with the International Policy Center at the University of Michigan's Gerald Ford School for Public Policy. Walling's current research focuses on the relationship between the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court.
Walling holds a Ph.D. in Political Science with a minor in Human Rights from the University of Minnesota (2008). Prior to joining the faculty at Albion in 2011, Walling was a postdoctoral fellow with the Michigan Society of Fellows at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan (2008-2011). She also holds a BA in International Relations from James Madison College, Michigan State University and Masters degrees in Strategic Studies and Political Science from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and University of Minnesota, respectively. Walling's previous professional experience includes program and development work for Women for Women International - a non-governmental organization serving women affected by war and conflict."
Walling was awarded the Student's Choice Teaching Award by the Albion College Student Senate for excellence in teaching and advising in 2014. Learn more about Walling's teaching on human rights in this feature article, "A Matter of Conscience".
Walling teaches the following courses at Albion College:
- PLSC 100: Introduction to Political Inquiry
- PLSC 103: Introduction to International Politics
- PLSC 206: Democratic Transitions
- PLSC 207: Transitional Justice
- PLSC 237: Controversies in Global Politics
- PLSC 256: Human Rights
- PLSC 301: International Organizations
- PLSC 357: International Law and Politics
- PLSC 372: Gender, Sex and International Politics
- PLSC 404: Causes of War
- "Human Rights Norms, State Sovereignty and Humanitarian Intervention," Human Rights Quarterly, 37 (2015), 383-413.
- "The UN Security Council and the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights," in Joel Pruce ed. The Social Practice of Human Rights (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2015), 143-165.
- "Putting the Pieces Together: Human Rights Advocacy and the History of International Human Rights Standards," (with Susan Waltz) Human Rights Quarterly, 36 (2014), 909-915.
- All Necessary Measures: The United Nations and Humanitarian Intervention (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013).
- "Decision-makers in the Dock: How International Law, Trials and Human Rights Activism are Shaping the Justice Norm," New Global Studies, December 2012
- "The Impact of Human Rights Trials in Latin America," Journal of Peace Research, 44:4 (July 2007), 427-445, co-authored with Kathryn Sikkink.
- "Global Trends in Transitional Justice and Transitional Justice in Argentina," in Naomi Roht-Arriaza and Javier Mariezcurrena (eds.) Transitional Justice in the 21st Century: Beyond Truth and Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2006), co-authored with Kathryn Sikkink.
- "Ethnic Cleansing" in Ken Booth (ed.) The Kosovo Tragedy: Human Rights Dimensions (Frank Cass Publishers, 2001), 47-66.
- "The History and Politics of Ethnic Cleansing," International Journal of Human Rights, 4:3/4 (Autumn/Winter 2000).
- "Intervention, Emancipation and Kosovo," Civil Wars, 2:3 (Autumn 1999), 65-88.
- "What Role for Political Scientists? how to engage our neighbors, communities, students and the public in challenging political contexts," symposium co-edited with Maryam Zarneger Deloffre in PS: Political Science & Politics (forthcoming July 2017).
- "Syria and the Responsibility to Prosecute: Norm Promotion in the UN Security Council," in Kurt Mills and Melissa Labonte, Accessing and Implementing Human Rights and Justice (Routledge Press, forthcoming).