“I am a lover of poetry. I grew up in an environment where poetry was highly appreciated and almost all stories were told through poems. I developed a passion for them and started writing my own poems when I was in middle school.”
The students of the 2018 program met in early January to present research they began during the summer of 2017. Students past and present made opportunities to socialize, conference, and network with those from other schools and programs in attendance. A gallery of photos documents the conference and reunion.
Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. Pedro Villanueva. Anthony Nuñez.
These four names—all recent black and Latino victims of police violence—stare out at a college classroom full of budding astronomers. Written above them on the chalkboard is the now-familiar rallying call “Black Lives Matter.” It's a Friday morning in July, and John Johnson, a black astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, has written these words as part of the day’s agenda. Later this afternoon, they’ll serve as a launching point for a discussion about these specific killings and the implications of systemic racism.