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Kris Peterson-Ishaq wins Center's Lifetime Achievement Award

Kristin Peterson-Ishaq

Kristin Peterson-Ishaq, the Center's Coodinator for more than 30 years, was selected as this year's Lifetime Achievement Award winner at the Center's annual meeting May 10 (Photos here).

Vermont Studies minor Jack Braunstein won the Andrew E. Nuquist award for his thesis titled “Political Ecologies of Maple Sugaring in Northern Vermont” with his faculty sponsor: Ingrid Nelson, And Anthony DiMario won the George B Bryan award for a for a paper titled: “Indie Capitalism and Craft Beer Drinkers in Vermont” with faculty sponsor Dale Jaffe.

Kristin Peterson-Ishaq worked for more than three decades as the Coordinator of the Center for Research on Vermont. Kris acceptance comments are here. As Coordinator, she supplied the administrative support that helped establish and manage the Vermont Studies minor, the Research-in-Progress Seminar series, conferences, and the Annual Meeting and awards program. She served as the Managing Editor of the Center’s publications, including several monographs and the Occasional Papers series. A graduate of Georgetown University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) with a B.S. in Arabic Language and the American University in Cairo with a master’s degree in Arabic Language and Literature, Peterson-Ishaq has published her English translation of Egyptian writer Yusuf Idris’s al-Haram (The Sinners). With colleagues J. Kevin Graffagnino, H. Nicholas Muller III, and David A. Donath, she co-edited The Vermont Difference: Perspectives from the Green Mountain State. She is currently working with co-editors H. Nicholas Muller III, Richard Watts, and J. Kevin Graffagnino on the forthcoming Center for Research on Vermont publication Green Mountain Scholar: Samuel B. Hand, Dean of Vermont Historians. Kristin lives in Essex Junction with her husband Moussa.

The Center's annual meeting also included a research talk by sociologist Kathy Fox titled: Prisoner Integration: Involving the Community -- A Vermont Story.

With more than 2 million people in prison, the US has the highest incarceration rate in the industrialized world. How can we integrate those prisoners back into the community in ways that can reduce the likelihood of committing new crimes?

Sociologist Kathy Fox discussed research on Vermont’s Circles of Support & Accountability (CoSA) program which is a community-based program to assist returning citizens integrate into communities after a prison term. The program has been able to successfully reduce re-offender rates and is considered a national model. Dr. Fox won the 2016 Frank Bryan Award summer research award to conduct this research.

More than 90 Center members and friends attended the talk and the dinner. For photos see the Center's Facebook page here.