Outlining and Writing

I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday on our way to class. He’s writing a paper in mathematics based on some work he did over the summer. A few weeks ago he showed me a draft with just a few revisions left to make on it, so when I asked him how it was going yesterday, I fully expected him to say that he was finished or just about. Instead what he said was, “It’s a lot harder to write a paper during the school year.”

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Research Summary

This summer, I completed research for my Anthropology senior honors thesis entitled Learning and Living on the Chesapeake Bay: Education and Issues of Conservation, Economy, and Community in Guinea, Virginia.  I began by getting a sense of the physical boundaries of the Guinea community, located in Gloucester County, by driving around the area.  I conducted research on the lifestyles of the people and the ecology of the surrounding waters.  I also volunteered as a counselor at the Watermen’s Museum (located in Yorktown, Virginia, across the river form Guinea) Pirate Camp.  I decided to contribute half a day each week to the camp in order to learn more about the science and people of the Bay.  As such, my duty was to teach elementary school children the basics of blue crab anatomy, how the crabs are harvested, and the concept of a sustainable harvest.  In addition to learning about blue crabs, one of the key species harvested in the Chesapeake Bay, volunteering at the museum allowed me to tour the exhibits describing the past, present, and potential future of the watermen’s way of life.

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People Aren’t Boring

When I was writing my proposal for the Charles Center scholarship I addressed the art and oral history aspects of my project separately. Aside from the obvious common ground of the place and people, I didn’t consider them to overlap. And yet, during my time in Russia I kept finding similarities between the principles of Realist painting and the principles of oral history. In particular, I kept thinking of an interview with Studs Terkel, which I read in preparation for my interviews.

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Kaluga

After spending a full six weeks in Vishny Volochok at the Academic Dacha, My brother said our goodbyes, packed up, and left for Moscow. But our time in Russia still wasn’t over for almost 3 weeks. We spent the remainder of our time with a painter named Ilya Yatsenko, who has been a friend of my brother for several years. Ilya spends most of the year in Moscow with his family, but during the summer often spends time at a family dacha in Kaluga. It was in Kaluga that we spent the bulk of our time. After making a trip to the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow’s biggest and most important Russian art collection, we piled into the car and left for Kaluga.

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The Linguistification of Value

An outline and brief contextual grounding of Part 1 of University of Hong Kong Professor Chris Hutton’s Language, Meaning and the Law which embeds current schools of thought regarding the overlay of language and the law in historical relief.

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