"Schools are complex social and cultural institutions. Ethnography can help us turn some of the confusion and chaos of high school into a rich resource for innovative pedagogy. How, for example, can students, teachers, and administrators better understand jock culture or the impact of the Internet on school social life?"
EUI co-directors Nancy Abelmann and Gina Hunter will participate in the Chicago Humanities Festival’s 17th annual Summer Institute for Teachers (SIT). Over two days, SIT participants will work 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. For more information about the Summer Institute and this year's program, please see the SIT website.
We would like to offer our congratulations to our Spring 2013 Student Conference award winners and to all those participating students who made the conference such a great success. This semester’s conference program was particularly ambitious with 110 students participating across 9 panel presentations (including multimedia) and 2 poster sessions. The hard work put into your research projects and presentations was impressive! Given the unprecedented number of students that participated this semester, EUI gave out two awards in each category, with awards given as follows:
Panel presentation: Lauren Mayer (UIUC) for her “Application of Labels as Forms of Identification of East Asian Art at UIUC,” and Jack Sullivan (UIUC) for “A Religious Perspective on the Vietnam War.”
Multimedia panel presentation: Victoria Machen, Jennifer Mendez, Thomas Nguyen and Christian Smith (UIUC) for “Chrysanthemum Tea: It’s Yeo Choice,” Kathryn Arnold, Richard Ford and Aaron Hoyle-Katz (Parkland) for “Community Service and Educational Excellence,” and Ariella Cohen, Fatima Diabate and Shaunette Smith (UIUC) for “Out and About: Social Spaces and the LGBT Community.”
Poster presentation: Zach Downing and Rebekah Burgan (Parkland) for their “International and Immigrant Student Athletes: How Do They Find Parkland College?” and Kei U Lai and Chon Wa Sou (UIUC) for “Initiative of Establishing and Expectations of a New RSO – Orienteering Illini.” Poster images can be seen here. Their posters can be viewed here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6dm0nloc1cnpn7a/ZachDowning.pdf and https://www.dropbox.com/s/7jmin2cqmeeilfq/LaiKeiU%20.pdf
All UIUC award winners receive a $25 gift card to the Illini Union Bookstore and Parkland students receive a $25 gift card to the Parkland Student Bookstore.
The University Library also provides an EUI Poster Award. Congratulations go to Preston Brown, Travis Davenport, Shawn O’Neill for their poster, “Sustainable Lighting: A Campus Commitment.” View their poster: https://www.dropbox.com/s/frnru428j7giyxq/PrestonBrown.pdf.
Thanks go to the University Library for supporting the poster session with an award of a $25 gift card to Illini Union Bookstore.
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 shortly on our website for those students who granted intellectual property permission.
View the program here.
The Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI), in partnership with the University's Living-Learning Communities (LLC), invites proposals from faculty and advanced graduate students interested in teaching an EUI/LLC course for the Spring 2014 semester.
Since its inception in 2003, EUI has provided an innovative approach to teaching and learning focused on promoting student research on universities and colleges. In EUI-affiliated courses students use a variety of ethnographic, archival, and related methods to examine the university’s various institutional identities and commitments and to study higher education in the context of larger social and political trends. At the end of each semester, every student also is invited to participate in our student conference, either through poster, oral or multimedia presentations. In addition, EUI maintains a repository of students’ research projects and processes through the University Library’s digital archive, IDEALS.
LLCs are programs located in the University’s residence halls which give students the opportunity to live and study within a community organized around a particular issue and/or theme. LLCs provide social and educational events, the chance to work closely with faculty in smaller classes, interaction with Visiting Scholars and Guests-in-Residence, research opportunities, and for-credit courses.
For more information and to apply, see application form here. Deadline to apply is May 31, 2013.
We invite you to tune in to Illinois Public Media's Focus 580 on Tuesday, March 5, from 10 to 11am, as co-director Tim Cain joins two other guests to talk about local history and its importance to community. Listen to the podcast on WILL-AM.