EUI is excited to announce a new partnership with Oak Park-River Forest High School (OPRFHS, "Ethnography: New Approaches to the American High School." This partnership, an outgrowth of Co-Directors Nancy Abelmann's and Gina Hunter's participation in the (2013) Chicago Humanities Festival’s 17th annual Summer Institute for Teachers(SIT). Over two days, SIT participants worked in small groups, developing their own research questions and producing an "ethnographic toolkit" of cross-disciplinary research methods easily applied to the high school setting.
In January 2014, Co-Director Gina Hunter and Program Coordinator Karen Rodriguez'G conducted an ethnographic workshop with 13 teachers at OPRFHS; we hope to bring OPRFHS students to campus as part of EUI's spring conference (beginning Spring 2015).
Congratulations to our Fall 2013 Student Conference award winners, and to all those participating students who made the Fall 2013 conference such a great success! The hard work put into students' research projects and presentations was impressive! Awards were given as follows:
All award winners received a $25 gift card to the Illini Union Bookstore; the joint poster award was supported by both EUI and the University Library.
We would like to especially thank Merinda Hensley for her continued support of and work with EUI and the support of the University Library for making the poster sessions possible, the Library/IT Student Fee Committee for their support of our multimedia program, and our CITES Academic Technologies and Digital Media partners for their ongoing technology and training support.
Conference videos will be available soon on our website (as well as archived in IDEALS) for those students who granted intellectual property permission.
Our Fall 2013 Student Conference program now available here.
Peer Review: The Undergraduate Research Journal of the Ethnography of the University Initiative seeks submissions for its inaugural issue, slated for May 1, 2014. The journal is an open-access digital journal, issued once a year, and will publish research-based articles and multimedia projects by current and recent undergraduates (graduation no earlier than Spring 2012) who have participated in EUI-affiliated courses (this may include independent study/thesis coursework), or students in non-EUI-related courses or programs of study whose research engages the university in a meaningful way. We also invite short commentaries and reflections on the EUI research or teaching experience from former EUI-affiliated students and faculty.