Alumna's 'Checkered Floors' to make Clark debut next week

“My senior thesis changed my life.”That’s a rare sentiment to describe a project that many a college senior grinds through, then permanently puts away following graduation. But Cheryl Hamilton ’01 says the words without a hint of irony. In her senior year, the international relations major returned to her hometown of Lewiston, Maine, to research how the local community was dealing with the influx of 28 immigrants from the West African country of Togo. She produced a 107-page thesis based on more than 100 interviews with refugees, aid workers, journalists and local officials to explore how the Togo immigrants were resettling in New England and how the local community’s concerns were being addressed.

Cheryl Hamilton