For my Self and Society cores, I took Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, taught by Professor Rita Nnodim, in the spring of 2010, and am currently taking Media, Self-Identity, and Society with Professor Michael Birch.
For this course, one of our major assignments was a Fieldwork Project, for which the students were given the task of researching or interviewing outside individuals in order to gain a better idea of a perspective different from your own. One option for this assignment was to interview your grandparents, which I decided to do.
This paper focuses on the life of my grandmother, as my grandfather had already reached an age when his memory was confused and difficult to transcribe. Even so, I will forever be grateful to this course, as when my grandfather passed away last year, the recordings of his interview was treasured by my family: however muddled the memories may have been, we still had his voice, speaking about his life, and that was all that mattered.
Here is the paper I wrote about my grandmother's life:
For this course, we are focusing on the various "identities" in society, and how people can have multiple identities depending upon the context through which they are viewed. This paper focuses on my own identities as a twenty-one year old, white, heterosexual male:
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