Jeanne Firth selected as 2017 Visiting Scholar at Tulane University

I’m honored to be selected as 2017 Visiting Scholar at the Small Center for Collaborative Design and the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane University. I’m fortunate to have worked previously with the stellar faculty and staff from both Centers as the Assistant Director of Grow Dat Youth Farm.

I have no doubt that Tulane will be a wonderful academic home while I am conducting my fieldwork in New Orleans.

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Interview with New Orleans Public Radio: On celebrity philanthropy in post-Katrina New Orleans

Local NPR affiliate WWNO New Orleans Public Radio asked me to speak with them about celebrity humanitarianism in the decade since Hurricane Katrina. I chatted with the fabulous Jesse Hardman near the eco-friendly homes built by Brad Pitt’s Make it Right Foundation.

The interview starts at about minute 10:15 – click here to listen.

I’m currently continuing to explore the role of celebrities and business leaders in aid and development in my PhD research.

Presentation at #EverydayHumanitarianism: Ethics, Affects and Practices conference

I was honored to be selected to present at the #EverydayHumanitarianism: Ethics, Affects and Practices conference.  The convening was coordinated by the research network on celebrity and North-South relations (see their excellent new book here) and took place on the LSE campus this spring.

Our panel was part of the track on ‘Commodification — The Humanitarian Marketplace’, exploring issues in Philanthropy, Brand Aid, Celebrity Endorsement, Micro-Finance, Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

‘Grow Dat: Phoenix from the Floods’ for Sustainability at LSE

Jon Emmett who runs the Sustainability Blog at The London School of Economics and Political Science asked if I would write a piece for the LSE environmental community about the work and mission of Grow Dat Youth Farm, and I was happy to oblige.

‘At Grow Dat Youth Farm, we use chemical-free farming methods to build a resilient sustainable agricultural system. To us that means producing food by supporting natural ecological systems and stewarding natural and human resources for the future. Located on a former golf course, we do not use chemical-based pesticides or fertilisers. Instead, we utilise techniques such as cover cropping, composting, companion planting, farmscaping and crop rotation to stimulate micro-biological activity and soil health.’

Read more here.

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Youth Crew Members inspect a crop of lettuces in the field at Grow Dat in New Orleans, Louisiana

ICONS Women Workers by Anna Henson: Creating New Narratives about Women & Work

screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-12-11-11I had the honor to work with artist Anna Henson for her on-going project ‘Icons: Women Workers’. An interactive digital portrait places me at sunset in front of the hoop house at Grow Dat Youth Farm in New Orleans, Louisiana.

I am proud to stand alongside Courtney Harvey, Sister Alison McCrary, Malliron Hodge and Claire Graves – all incredible women.

About the project
Icons : Women Workers is an ongoing series of interactive video portraits aiming to create a gesture-based movement dialogue between a viewer and digital portrait, while investigating a  new iconography of women in the workplace. A hybrid of documentary and staged imagery, with symbolism drawn from varied religious and spiritual sources, the work blurs performativity with the reality of the women’s working lives. The objects shown below the portraits, significant to each woman’s working life, as well as the hand positions (mudras), were chosen in collaboration with each portrait subject. More here.