Publication Updates!

Pleased to announce two forthcoming publications, one in the Canadian Journal of Undergraduate Research (CJUR) and the other in Prarie Fire Magazine! Blurbs follow.

Coulton, Marisa. “What My Children Will Not Know” (forthcoming). Prairie Fire Magazine.

There is something to be said for the seaside childhood.

Before I moved to Canada at age seven, weekends were for ‘Beach Moves.’ Very early on, I learned how to pack a beach bag with all the essentials: beach shoes to protect my feet from sharp rocks and crabs, pails, shovels, and an ingenious beach towel that converted into a bag for wet things.

My family and I would sit at a plastic table and chairs, eating fried fish caught from the ocean just minutes ago. They still had eyes and appeared to look up at us, imploring. The wind would rush our feast, carrying paper plates and napkins off beyond our reach and blowing sand into our food. It seemed, even then, like the sea was playing hard to get.

There is something to be said for the fried dumpling, or ‘festival’, as it’s called, that left a swath of grease along our lips. Ting soda so strong it seared our tongues.

We baked in the sunshine—greedily, hungrily—until we were so brown that we were unrecognizable. Beach Moves. This is just one of the things my children, though not yet born, may never know.

Coulton, Marisa.Bangladesh’s Unlikely Attainment of the 4th Millennium Development Goal(forthcoming). The Canadian Journal of Undergraduate Research (CJUR).

ABSTRACT: This essay centers on the 2015 “Millennium Development Goals,” (MDGs) a historic United Nations (UN) initiative aimed at bridging the world’s inequalities. Since its conclusion, the success of the project has been hotly debated, as progress at the international level was markedly uneven. In order to ensure the success of future initiatives, it is necessary to determine why these goals failed so decisively in some contexts but succeeded in others. Given the innumerable nations involved in the project, the scope of the essay was narrowed to focus on a single country and MDG goal. This paper centers on the improbable attainment of the fourth development goal (pertaining to neonatal and newborn health) in Bangladesh, one of the world’s poorest countries. Using official UN documents, seminal literature, and consultation with crucial UN actor Uzma Syed herself, this essay demonstrates that Bangladesh’s success was a result of efficient programming, data acquisition, and transnational, individual, and domestic cooperation. This allowed a small nation like Bangladesh to significantly reduce its under-five and infant mortality rates, illustrating that it is, in fact, possible to enact meaningful change in difficult circumstances. Following the conclusion of the initiative, the country has decided to maintain child survival as a government health priority, as inequalities between populations persist. According to former secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, a continued, strategic focus on under-fives is imperative, with a particular emphasis on the structural and social determinants of health. Looking, now, toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Bangladesh’s triumph can be used to build a framework for continued progress in the realms of child and neonatal health.

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