To Be Exposed (Research Update #4)

It’s become increasingly clear to me that the work of digital research doesn’t really end. Yes, I will be presenting my work and progress as a symposium in just a few short weeks, where I will talk about what I learned through the summer and early fall with both peers and faculty. The internet, however, keeps going; I always find new tweets worthy of my attention that I incorporate into my existing observations. Some of these recent tweets, however, lit a lightbulb inside my head in relation to everything else.

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Colorful Politics (Research Update #3)

The world of social media politics is one to truly behold. Someone once told me that only those who don’t know how to debate do their debating on social media. I have two varying opinions on this: for one, they have something of a point – social media is notorious for being a space for mostly close-minded discussion regarding politics and culture, complete with trolling and other inappropriate behavior; on the flip side, social media is an outlet for those who traditionally have been excluded from formal debate to express their opinions, often unapologetically.

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Tent of Nations 2019 [9]: Conclusions and Further Thoughts

5:05 pm, August 28th, Wesley House

The research that I did was community based participatory research: I went into a community willing to learn and grow from the people whom I met, and I was able to share what I knew as well, and provide my resources and build a partnership with Tent of Nations I hope to sustain through my presence here at William and Mary and with faith groups around Williamsburg. 

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Tent of Nations 2019 [8]: Testimonials

10:40 pm, August 24th, Wesley House

I asked the volunteers to create testimonials (short stories about why Tent of Nations’s summer camp was important to them) and send them to me or Daoud to put them on the Tent of Nations website. This will be shorter than most of my blogs, but here is my testimonial (I could’ve written so many, but this one is very special to me):

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Tent of Nations [7]: Travel Blogs (Tel Aviv, East Jerusalem)

10:20 pm, July 11, 2019, Dulles International Airport


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