Settler Colonialism: Global and Local Connections

6 October 2021

Our reading circle explored the concept and practices of settler colonialism across multiple contexts: Minneapolis, Palestine, and Alaska. The texts that we read spoke to our individual research interests as well as our commitment to tracing global crises that stem from the violent displacement of Indigenous communities in both the US and abroad. We were particularly interested in interrogating how settler colonialism strengthens and maintains white supremacy in a given place (e.g., Minneapolis, Palestine) and transnationally.


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Student Research Partnership in Chinese: Chinese Popular Culture: Constructing a Self Online Amid Urban-Rural Divides, Consumerism, and Social Upheavals

4 October 2021

In the summer of 2021 David Ahrens ’22 and Marianne Gunnarsson ’22 worked with Associate Professor Shaohua Guo on a research project which investigates the questions “What is popular culture?”…

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19th-20th century art and cultural change: shared scholarship

26 September 2021

Baird Jarman (Art History) and Susan Jaret McKinstry (English) both research the visual culture of the Anglo-American world during the long nineteenth century, approaching art as matter — whether material,…

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Bringing the Past to (Virtual) Life through Digital History Research and Pedagogy

7 December 2020

The Mitford and Launditch Hundred House of Industry, now the Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum, presents the historian with major opportunities for (re)imagining the past. Our digital modelling necessitated pulling off the mask it currently wears as a museum, stripping away the residue of its time as a twentieth-century Old Age Home, and uncovering the architectural and functional changes that turned it into a Union Workhouse of the New Poor Law period, after 1834.

Digital 3D model of the 1777 Gressenhall House of Industry produced by the authors and their student collaborators and rendered in Unity 3D.

Race and Racism in Social Philosophy and Theory Across the Disciplines

10 November 2020

What should scholars and teachers do about the racism regularly encountered in the ideas, writings, and theories of intellectuals who are largely regarded as the founders of our disciplines in…

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Racial Identity and Ethnicity in the Ancient World

8 October 2020

The Classics Department’s initial application for a summer research circle was to explore current trends in the study of race and ethnicity in the ancient world. Classics (like many traditional…

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MARS Post-Modern Writing Group Research Circle

2 October 2020

Even having entered into the endeavor with enthusiasm, we (Sonja Anderson, Pierre Hecker, Jessica Keating, Yaron Klein, and William North) were surprised by just how valuable and enjoyable it proved…

“Braiding Sweetgrass” Summer Research Circle: Reflection

24 September 2020

Nancy Braker, Dan Hernández, Dan Maxbauer, and Kim Smith met over the course of the summer to discuss the book, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

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