HDCIn the Field:
Cultivating Collaboration and Innovation


February 8-9, 2013
Hesburgh Center for International Studies

Schedule of Events

All events to take place in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies unless otherwise noted.


1:15pm - Registration

2:30pm - Opening Remarks

3:15pm - Panel Session 1

Panel A – Unintended Consequences
Panel B – Youth Development and Empowerment
Panel C – Meeting the Needs: Urbanization and Development

5:00pm - Panel Session 2

Panel A – Complexities of Business in the Developing World and Its Importance for Change
Panel B – Healthcare Access
Panel C – State Identity and Influence
Panel D – Development and Social Stigma

6:30pm - Casual Dinner

7:00pm - Screening of Smile Pinki, a Documentary by Megan Mylan


9:30am - Coffee and Light Breakfast

10:30am - Panel Session 3

Panel A – Education: Promoting Agency and Awareness
Panel B – Basic Needs
Panel C – Empowering the Community to Foster Growth and Sustainability
Panel D – Healing the Wounds of War

12:00pm - Lunch

1:00pm - Poster Presentations

2:30pm - Panel Session 4

Panel A – Structural Violence
Panel B – Healthcare: The System and the Community
Panel C – Education: Leaving Some Behind
Panel D – Business Practices in Development

4:15pm - Panel Session 5

Panel A – Technology and Infrastructure
Panel B – Agriculture in Development
Panel C – Interplay: Culture and Development
Panel D – Learning to Cope: Reconciliation and Healing

6:30pm - Dinner with Keynote Address by Sara Sievers (East Wing of South Dining Hall)

Schedule of Presentations


Panels, Session 1 – 3:15 PM – 4:45 PM   

Panel A – Unintended Consequences (Hesburgh Center Auditorium)

This panel will address a vast spectrum of development’s unintended consequences, many of which stem from the world’s inherent complexity. Panelists will discuss examples ranging from the continued influence of colonial policies on the modern era to the impact of prevailing attitudes on the environment as well as the preparation students undergo before going abroad for research or service experiences.

Madeline Crabtree (Bucknell University) – Human-Wildlife Interactions of Jangwani Village

Jamie Murray (University of Notre Dame) – Undergraduate Student Engagement in International Development

Samantha Richards (Purdue University) – Colonial Legacy and Human Development: A History of British Colonialism in the Protectorate State of Uganda and Its Role in Modern Development and Sustainability

Rachel Tomas Morgan, MA
Assistant Director, Center for Social Concerns
Director of International Service Learning and Justice Education
University of Notre Dame

Panel B – Youth Development and Empowerment (Hesburgh Center Room C102)                               

A child’s personal growth depends upon education, a healthy home environment, positive role models, extracurricular activities, and countless other factors often unavailable to children growing up in impoverished and war-ravaged countries. This panel examines several structural challenges impeding youth empowerment, as well as possible approaches to promoting their true potential.

Fanel Dumay (State University of Haiti, Faculty of Ethnology) – The Problem of Released Juvenile Delinquents in Troubled Neighborhoods

Catherine Reidy (University of Notre Dame) – Youth, Education, and the Transition to Adulthood in Sierra Leone

Renée Slajda (Barnard College) – “It’s Bigger than Hip Hop:” A Case Study of Africulturban Association as a Site of Social (Ex)Change

Catherine Bolten, PhD
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Peace Studies
University of Notre Dame

Panel C – Meeting the Needs: Urbanization and Development (Hesburgh Center Room C103)

More than half of the population of the world currently lives in cities—a demographic that is only expected to grow. This panel offers sustainable plans for physical structures and infrastructure in developing nations. From designing schools and homes reflecting their culture for Tibetan refugees in India, to adapting transportation systems and managing water resources to meet the needs of rapidly expanding cities, this panel will offer reflections on issues we face as a result of urbanization.

Sally Platt (Washington and Lee University) – Transportation Development: Kombi Taxis or BRT? Free Market or State Control?

Carl Silliman (University of Notre Dame) – Developing A Proper Home For Tibetan Refugees

Anna Katerina Simon (University of Notre Dame) – Going Green in Mexico: Steps Towards Sustainable Water Use in Toluca

Rahul Oka, PhD
Ford Family Assistant Professor of Anthropology
University of Notre Dame

Session 2 – 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM   

Panel A – Complexities of Business in the Developing World and Its Importance for Change (Hesburgh Center Auditorium)
When we think of business management, we often imagine companies rather than people, the abstract idea rather than the concrete reality. This panel will examine management at the level of the individual, from bicycles and matatus (minibuses) to the role of women to the management of NGOs. Panelists will emphasize the necessity of successful management on a small scale in order to make improvements in a larger context.

Mariana Barreto (Northwestern University) – Work and Autonomy in Young Peruvian Rural Women

Jordan Bryant (Pomona College) – A “Matatual” Attraction: The Symbiotic Relationship Between Mombasa, Kenya and its Matatus

Luke Heneghan (University of Notre Dame) – Management and Motivation in the Zambian Workplace

Emily Mediate (University of Notre Dame) – An Investigation into the Ugandan Perceptions of Non-Government Organizations

Elizabeth Tuleja, PhD
Associate Teaching Professor of Management
University of Notre Dame

Panel B – Healthcare Access (Hesburgh Center Room C102)

This panel will examine Latin America’s variable access to healthcare, exploring its ties to social and economic problems and offering unique suggestions for the alleviation of “diseases of the poor.”

Kristen Durbin (University of Notre Dame) – Health Care for All: A Comparative Look at Health Care and Poverty in the US and El Salvador

Miyoshie Lamothe-Aime (George Washington University) – As Filhas De Mae Bina

J. J. Luceno (Dickinson College) – Stronger than Arms: Community-driven Healthcare in Rural Chiloé, Chile

Cynthia Toms Smedley, MS
Assistant Director, Center for Social Concerns
Director of Social Concerns Seminars
University of Notre Dame

Panel C – State Identity and Influence (Hesburgh Center Room C103)

How do states reorient and identify themselves in post-conflict settings? What makes some states fail and others thrive? How are state laws influenced by cultural perceptions and tolerance? Can states combat governmental corruption? This set of panelists examines each of these questions and offers possible policy implications of their research.

Robert Lushai (Holy Cross College, Agartala, India) – Poverty Alleviation and Rural Development in Northeast India: A Case Study of Tripura

Kendra Mabie (Kenyon College) – Political Culture in Buenos Aires and Rosario: The Affects of the Military Dictatorship on Modern Day Political Participation, Rule of Law, Trust, and the Construction of Collective Memory

Chris Newton (University of Notre Dame) – Fragile and Failed States

Haixiao Wang (University of Notre Dame) – Motivating the Autocrats: Factional Competition Incentives and Anti-corruption Enforcement in China

Peter John Opio, PhD
Visiting Professor, Department of Marketing
University of Notre Dame

Panel D – Development and Social Stigma (Hesburgh Center Room C104/105)

The impact of a development project is defined by community perception and acceptance. Through observation and interviews with local people, these panelists look at the local effects of a variety of public policy and health efforts and offer advice as those projects move forward.

Margot Morris (University of Notre Dame) – NGO Involvement: Impacts on Mosquito-borne Disease Prevention and Health Awareness

Jennifer Murray (New York University) – The Den of Hearts: Affect, Emotion, and Structures of Power in a Manhattan Hotspot

Katherine O’Leary (University of Notre Dame) – Perceptions of HIV-AIDS in Rural Uganda

Terence McDonnell, PhD
Kellogg Assistant Professor of Sociology
University of Notre Dame


Panels, Session 3 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM            

Panel A – Education: Promoting Agency and Awareness (Hesburgh Center Auditorium)

In countries affected by war and poverty, education is more than the transfer of knowledge: it is an instrument of change for individuals and communities. These panelists examine the importance of formal education in the areas of academics, sex, and traditional culture for every member of a community, especially women and children.

Adele Bruggeman (University of Notre Dame) – Benefit of Sports for Girls: Case Study in Kampala, Uganda

Anita Foster (Spelman College) – The Rise of the Last Woman: An Analysis of Women’s Independence in 21st-Century Rajasthan

Ruby Machado (University of Portland) – Growing Opportunities in Education for Girls in Africa

Arielle Orenstein (Oberlin College) – Contextualizing Empowerment through Education in Urdu-Medium School 1 in Dharavi

Tamo Chattopadhay, EdD
Assistant Professor of Practice and Director of International Educational Development
Institute for Educational Initiatives
University of Notre Dame

Panel B – Basic Needs (Hesburgh Center Room C102)

Access to basic necessities such as health care, clean water, and shelter depends on security and sustainability. These panelists discuss improving methods to combat counterfeit drugs, strengthen the design of refugee camps, and harness clean water.  

Dan Courtney (University of Notre Dame) – Points of Contamination and Water Source Maintenance in Nnindye, Uganda

Andrea Nishi (University of Chicago) – Andean Food Sovereignty and the Fight for Traditional Agriculture

Julia Sheets (University of Portland) – Time-of-Travel Study on Water Collection in Rural Honduras

Tracy Kijewski-Correa, PhD
Leo E. and Patti Ruth Linbeck Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences
University of Notre Dame

Panel C – Empowering the Community to Foster Growth and Sustainability (Hesburgh Center Room C103)

Strengthening communities encourages locally driven development long after NGOs have left. Focusing on community-led development projects in Uganda, this panel will explore the benefits and challenges of participatory or community-driven development initiatives, which involve collaboration between the local community and development initiators, among other actors.

Luke Horvath (University of Notre Dame) – Business Training in Rural Savings Associations

Kristen Kelly (University of Notre Dame) – Recognizing Women’s Role in Participatory Development: A Case Study from Uganda

Jedediah Silver (Tufts University) – Groundnuts at the Grassroots: A Value Chain Analysis in Pader District, Uganda

Rev. Robert Dowd, CSC
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Director, Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity
University of Notre Dame

Panel D – Healing the Wounds of War (Hesburgh Center Room C104/105)

After a war or conflict ends, the consequences of atrocities linger. These panelists focus on post-conflict areas still affected by unhealed wounds of war: transformed identities in Serbia, displaced peoples in Uganda, and unresolved tensions in South Africa.

David Davenport (University of Richmond) – Acholi Clan, Ethnic, and National Identities in Post-Conflict Northern Uganda: A Case Study in Nwoya District

Samantha Matulis (Austin College) – Life After IDP Camp: A Case Study of the Cultural and Psychological Effects of an IDP Camp in Koch Goma Sub-County

Evelyn Mitchell (Austin College) – South African Universities: Creating Social Spaces for Racial Integration

Laura Taylor, MA
PhD Candidate in Psychology and Peace Studies
University of Notre Dame

Poster Presentations, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM (Hesburgh Center Atrium)

Michael Benvenuti (University of Notre Dame) – Stability of Paper Analytical Devices for the Detection of Low Grade Pharmaceuticals

Nadine Biss (Wheaton College) – Spirituality as Product: The Tourism Industry Along the Ganga

Teresa Blumenstein (University of Notre Dame) – Points of Contamination and Water Source Maintenance in Nnindye, Uganda

Julianne Gagnon (Washington University in St. Louis) – Cambiar el Negocio de la Finca: Un Perfil del Agroturismo en la Provincia de Herrera, Panamá

Evan Graham (University of Notre Dame) – Detection of Diethylcarbamazine (DEC) in Fortified Salt Using Paper Analytical Devices (PADs) 

Sarah Littisha Jansen (Glendon College, York University) – Serbian/Albanian Bilingualism in Kosova: Reversal or Entrenchment of the Curse of Babel? 

Andrew Marchev (Warren Wilson College) – Population Decrease and Economic Development Challenges in the Westfjords of Iceland: An Interview-based Analysis

Emmie Mediate (University of Notre Dame) – Kenyan Pharmaceutical Samples: Database and Chemical Analysis

Azline Nelson (Spelman College) – Economic Implications of Migration

Tam Nguyen (University of Notre Dame) - Development of Colorimetric Tests on a PAD for the Detection of Metformin

Hannah Reiser and Leah Koenig (University of Notre Dame) – Paper Analytical Device to Detect Substandard Anti-tuberculosis Medications

Marianne Richardson (Butler University) – Organized Women of Palmares 2: Organic Garden and Community Development

Neil Sharma (George Washington University) – High School Learners Understanding of Apartheid History through the School Curriculum: A Comparative Analysis

Denueve Shepherd (Muhlenberg College) – Cancer Awareness in Samoa and the Samoan Cancer Experience

Session 4 – 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM 

Panel A – Structural Violence (Hesburgh Center Auditorium)

Structural violence is a threatening by-product of social structures and institutions that prevent people from meeting certain basic needs. This panel will address the theory of such violence on development issues with specific application to cases of women and victims of sexual abuse.

Karie Cross (University of Notre Dame) – The Gendered Effects of Structural Violence

Austin Gallas (New York University) – Housework and Prostitution: Anti-violence Strategies in Sri Lankan Women’s Organizations

Andrea Mazingo (Northwestern University School of Law) – The Intersection of Dominance Feminism and Stalking Laws

Lia Smith (Wheaton College) – Perceptions of Trust and Security among Victims of Sexual Abuse

Steve Reifenberg, MPP
Executive Director, Kellogg Institute for International Studies
University of Notre Dame

Panel B – Healthcare: The System and the Community (Hesburgh Center Room C102)

A country’s health care system is best examined through its impact on the community. These panelists investigate the successes and failures of healthcare in Ghana, Chile, and India through various case studies. Their findings will shed light on the potential of developing healthcare infrastructures to foster positive change.

Abbie Naus (University of Notre Dame) – Patient Perspective on Policy: Addressing Enrollment Patterns and the Politicization of Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme

Hannah Reiser (University of Notre Dame) – Helping Babies Breathe: Providers’ Skill Retention Post-Initial Training

Kara Ryan (University of Notre Dame) – Practice and Policy: Resource Allocation and Technology in Public Health

Joseph Bock, PhD
Director of Global Health Training, Eck Institute for Global Health
University of Notre Dame

Panel C – Education: Leaving Some Behind (Hesburgh Center Room C103)

For education to effect positive and sustainable changes in development and society, it must be holistic and inclusive—for all. These presenters examine biases that plague education in the developing world, particularly around language and disabilities.

Priscilla Hsu (Claremont McKenna College) – Bai and Bilingual: Improving Academic Achievement Through Bilingual and Multicultural Education

Molly Rose Levine (Long Island University–Global College) – Systemic Educational Inequity: Access to Quality Education for the Roma People of Moldova and Romania

Audrey Wilson (Tufts University) – Mutual Accountability, Mutual Respect: Combating Social Exclusion with Academic Inclusion for Differently Abled People at the Kiran Centre in Madhopur, UP, India

Cristian Andrés Yugsi Díaz (University of Illinois at Chicago) – Exploring The Bolivian Educational Rupture

Louis Berends, PhD
University Relations Manager
SIT Study Abroad

Panel D – Business Practices in Development (Hesburgh Center Room C104/105)

Business is widely recognized as a driving force for development—less well known are the ways in which it can complicate and subsequently hinder development efforts. This panel will explore some of the biggest obstacles business poses in the developing world, as well as its overall importance for growth and equality.

Nakiberu Rose Daphine (Uganda Martyrs University) – The Contribution of Microfinance Institutions on the Performance of Small Scale Enterprises in Uganda

Morgan Tarrant (Davidson College) – Niche Markets and Adaptable Rice: Sowing Sustainable Development for Farmers of Native Varieties in Northeastern Thailand

Melissa Paulsen
Program Manager and Concurrent Instructor, Gigot Center For Entrepreneurship
University of Notre Dame

Session 5 – 4:15 PM – 5:45 PM   

Panel A – Technology and Infrastructure (Hesburgh Center Auditorium)

Just as technology has great potential in a developing nation’s social framework, so also does it offer solutions for physical infrastructure challenges. Panelists examine the potential impact of mobile money transfer services, paper analytical devices, and functional walking bridges on improving quality of life in developing nations.

Micah Berman (Pomona College) – Motorcycles to Mobile Money: The Development, Use and Cultural Context of M-PESA in Costal Kenya

Gabriela A. Elizondo (University of Notre Dame) – A Four-Point Evaluation Program for Site Selection of Donated Footbridges in Rural Nicaragua

Charles Jhin (University of Notre Dame) – Impact Assessment of ICT Development Solutions in Northern Uganda

Nicholas Myers (University of Notre Dame) – Paper Analytical Devices (PADs) for Low Resource Settings

Amitava Krishna Dutt, PhD
Professor of Economics and Political Science
Director, International Development Studies Minor
University of Notre Dame

Panel B – Agriculture in Development (Hesburgh Center Room C102)

Harnessing agriculture is essential for successful development. For example, matooke production in Uganda can alleviate poverty, labeling organic produce may be a model of community supported sustainable agriculture, and a balance between new agricultural techniques and local practices is vital. This panel will discuss a wide variety of topics concerning the role of agriculture in development.

Max Maier (University of Notre Dame) – A Value Chain Analysis of Matoke in Uganda

Kate Roberts (Whitman College) – Going Organic: How Small Farmers in Mankulam Village Seek Profit, Productivity, and Peace of Mind via Third-party Organic Certification

Amanda Jo Wildey (Dickinson College) – When the Modern Meets “Tradition”: A Case Study of Technical and Cultural Changes in Rural Andean Agricultural Life in Coporaque, Peru

Juan Rivera, PhD
Emeritus Professor, Mendoza College of Business
University of Notre Dame

Panel C – Interplay: Culture and Development (Hesburgh Center Room C103)

The differences between culture and development can give rise to situations in which hybrid solutions to complex issues grow and thrive. These panelists will discuss traditional methods and manifestations of culture existing alongside and sometimes even driving modern practices.

Sasha Hippard (Smith College) – Beads, Sculptures, and Baskets: South African Traditional Craft as a Means of Economic Empowerment

Jennifer Long (Illinois Wesleyan University) – Tanzania’s Best Kept Secret... For Now: A Generational and Gender Study of Perspectives of Tourism in the Small Coastal Village of Ushongo, Tanzania

Abigail McCrary (University of Notre Dame) – Tracing Tradition: A Case Study of Child Sacrifice in Uganda

Elena Benedicto
Associate Professor of Linguistics
Indigenous and Endangered Languages Lab
Purdue University

Panel D – Learning to Cope: Reconciliation and Healing (Hesburgh Center Room C104/105)

After a period of severe social injustice, human development approaches must be sensitive to changed psychological and cultural conditions in order to re-establish human dignity. This panel examines the local responses towards missing persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and ethnic tensions in Rwanda and South Africa.

Donovan Kavish (Macalester College) – International Organizations in Post-conflict Settings: the Lessons of the ICMP in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Daniel Owens (Hope College) – Transitional Justice in Rwanda and South Africa: A Comparative Exploration of Processes of Reconciliation, National Narrative, and Implications for Peace-building in Post-conflict Societies

Cynthia Mahmood, PhD
Associate Professor of Anthropology
University of Notre Dame