Non-Fictional Prose Course
Welcome to "Facing the Facts:" An Exploration of Non-fictional Prose, a fall 2010 course @ Bryn Mawr College. Feel free to comment on any post below, or to POST YOUR THOUGHTS HERE....
I went through several stages of brainstorming for my final project. I ended up settling on a poster collage incorporating my ideas, some borrowed from other places (books we’ve read, things people have posted, essayed, said, etc.) This slightly incongruent poster seemed to be the best way to represent what I have absorbed in this course. I felt as though many of the ideas in the conversations we’ve had in class have been spread out in so many different directions that it was hard to find a way to connect them all. But then I thought, why do I have to find a way to connect them? If this class has taught me one thing it’s to think outside the sock drawer. Many of my class notes don’t have any logical connections anyway.
Anthropology 450: Senior Thesis Seminar
Friday, 1:30– 4 p.m.
The senior thesis seminar is a year-long course in which you (a senior
anthropology major) design, implement, and write up an original research project.
During the fall semester, you develop and/or refine a thesis topic, do library research, and
conduct field work. You also write one thesis chapter (by the end of the semester).
Anthropology 450 also includes some assignments that will help you develop skills in
ethnographic methods, library research, and thesis writing.
Anthropology 303: History and Theory of Anthropology
Tuesday, Thursday 11:30-1
Anthropology 103: Introduction to Anthropology
TTh 10:00 – 11:30, 11:30 – 1
Anthropology is the study of human beings, within and across specific social and cultural
environments. In this course we look at some ideas about what it means to be human, and some
institutions, processes, and forces implicated in the formation and transformation of group and
individual identities. Our approach is ethnographic and comparative: we study particular peoples
and places in depth, and we compare particular places and peoples with one another and with
When considering just what I was going to do for this presentation, I was stumped. I was working with EVD and fatcatrex, and kept offering ridiculous ideas based off of the different levels of subjectivity and interpretation that acting and enacting experiences required. We were going to do something like this: tell two people to imitate riding a bike, and then falling off that bike. We were going to blindfold the people and put them in the center of the room (hopefully far enough away from each other so that they don't collide), and see how they personally enact a specific command. However, we didn't end up doing that because of the possibility for bodily injury and also because I think our taboo game was more effective in communicating what I learned in this course.