Author: Amber Churchwell (page 1 of 3)

The Celebration of Research: Origins

Professor Fleming purposefully kept the research prompt vague so that students had the power to explore whatever interested them. From the initial proposals to the final presentations, it was obvious that students were taking what they learned in the course and applying it to their passions. On the last day of class, we jokingly talked about Colby’s Dare Northward campaign, and we related it to the presentations. To take it a step future, I’m going to include the discussions I had with the students who viewed my poster about how the campaign will affect the topic of my research.  Continue reading

Technology and the History of Science

During her lecture, Elena Aronova explained the differences between the progression of history and science in the Soviet Union and the West. The professor from U.C. Santa Barbara also joined our discussion group in class, and we covered a variety of topics from some of her writings. The progression and the race for scientific knowledge was largely altered by technology, and I wanted to unify the two conversations to bring up a new point about how technology has altered how we gather data for research. Continue reading

Superheroes and Gender

Chris Gavaler, a professor from Washington and Lee, teaches an entire course about superheroes. Professor Gavaler did a wonderful job explaining how the original superman came to be from important (if not terrifying) current events, but my interest was really piqued when after the afternoon lecture he answered a question about comics and gender. I decided to do a little digging of my own to find out more information about the origins of female superheroes. Continue reading

Onion Theory and Credit Where It’s Due

Arnout van der Meer spoke with us both in class and at the seminar Tuesday night about the origins of national identity, specifically in Southeast Asia. He discussed the Onion Theory as a method of revealing the original culture, but I question the usage and implications of this theory. Continue reading

Language vs Voice

In a way, language vs voice is a perfect analogy to order vs chaos. In the same way that we try to make order out of chaos, we try to pick out language in speech. But is it necessary for us to know the language to hear the voice? Is it better if we don’t?  Continue reading

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