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The Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities

Students - 2007 Summer Institute

New Directions in Cultural Research: Community Collaboration Practice

Sixth Annual Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities
An Intensive Introduction to Scholarly Research for Undergraduates

June 18th - August 17th, 2007

Overview | Faculty | Students | Schedule | Symposium


Arianna Beck, Philosophy and Classical Studies

Originally from Eastern Washington, I received my A.A. degree from Columbia Basin College in 2005 and have just completed my second year at the University of Washington. My research interests in philosophy are focused primarily in ethics, although further study has made me realize how interconnected the questions in philosophy are and has prompted me to consider problems in epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of mind. More recently my philosophical interests have merged with classical studies as I have become interested in stoic, epicurean, and virtue ethics. I also have a growing interest in aesthetics as it relates to the field of ethics as a whole. In classics, I am particularly curious about the ways in which Augustus was able to use the arts as a tool to shape the values and beliefs of Roman society. Outside of formal studies I like to spend time exploring Washington State, watching classic movies, and enjoying Seattle culture.

Angeline Candido, English and Communication

My primary research interest lies in the area of Speech and Intercultural Communication. I want to study language as it relates to ethnic identity formation and interpersonal relationships among cultural communities. I'm also interested in language discrimination, language acquisition, Filipino Diaspora, Filipino-American literature, pop culture and mass media. Over this last year, I've been a research assistant for a project exploring the historical presence of Filipino students here at the University of Washington. Outside of academics I enjoy cooking, collecting James Taylor records and watching/criticizing reality television.

Daphne Chu, Digital Art / Experimental Media, Women Studies

Jennifer Cushing, Anthropology, French

My research interests include community empowerment, the intersection between language and culture, and the immigrant experience. I'm currently part of an anthropological project working with Marshallese immigrants in Everett to increase communication and understanding between families and schools. I'm also interested in the role of literature in community experience - I have always been a passionate reader. I've recently been drawn to education and volunteer in a kindergarten ELL (English Language Learning) program. In my spare time I am a copy editor for The Daily, and I enjoy running, learning languages, playing with dogs and teaching myself to cook.

Jesse Delira, Photography

In the photographic medium I strive to depict fantasies and realities without overt bias. Recent works have been in the traditional tableaux style; some issues that are addressed in works include, culture, religion, and economic status- their relation with mass media continues to be strong influence on my visual experience. Through my photographic experiences in Seattle and other cities-I have found stark situations of irony, strength, and weakness. Above all, these elements of culture and society allow for placated environments to meld with cherished vernacular ideals.

Hala Dillsi, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, Political Science

I was born in Saudi Arabia and I am Palestinian and Syrian. My family lived in Saudi Arabia while by father worked as an electrical engineer and we moved to the U.S. permanently, where my other older siblings lived, after the Gulf War. My families push me to be engaged and involved with the world around me and encouraged my interest in world politics, conflict resolution, and third world aid and development as part of being an active and caring global citizen. I grew up in the Tri-Cities in Eastern Washington, and I have my continued my involvement in the Muslim community now in Seattle. I am a senior studying Political Science and Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, fusing my passion for American politics and International Relations. I have studied Arabic for four years and next year I will begin my study of Persian. Through my academic study and involvement with social justice organizations, I have been devoted to issues of racism and racial inequality, gender stereotypes and discrimination, social status and economic inequity, and workers exploitation locally and abroad. I am researching and writing my honors thesis on minority vote dilution with a focus of Latino vote dilution in Washington State. This past year, I served as the ASUW Student Senate Chair and before that I sat at the Director of Community Relation for the ASUW Board of Directors. I have had the wonderful opportunity to work and volunteer with student government, various student organizations, and mentor programs and I plan on continuing to work with the multiple campaigns that have been started on campus, such as Fair Trade Coffee, a Sweatshop-free Campus, and Safe and Accessible Gender Neutral Bathrooms. I am very excited and honored to be a part of the Summer Institute for the Arts and Humanities and to help them give back to the community!

Salena Farris, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Donna Freedman, Comparative History of Ideas

Despite my lack of a college degree, I was a newspaper reporter for 18 years in Anchorage and Chicago, with a concurrent freelance career. But my life has not been smooth. I have picked tomatoes, cleaned houses, sold my blood, worked double shifts in a factory, washed diapers by hand on a scrub-board, survived an abusive marriage, spent several months by the hospital bed where my daughter lay paralyzed and on a ventilator, filed a restraining order, stood in line outside the food bank, gone through a serious depression, worked as a handywoman, spent every cent of my savings supporting myself and my disabled adult child, helped care for my dying mother and struggled to re-enter the world of higher education after three decades away. You don't go through all that without learning something about life, and about what's important. Because of where I've been and where I am so lucky to be now, I want to study the historical and current social bases of inequality.

Shannon Goodwin, Community, Environment, and Planning

Margaret Gordon, Vocal Performance (music), Anthropology

I am a fifth year senior currently training to be an opera singer with growing interests in anthropological and social research. My main research interests include music and its varying affects on people; emotionally, socially, and perceptively. Why do people listen to the music they do? What automatic socially construed label is given to a person of a particular music type? Is this label justifiable? How do people of differing music interests interact and understand those of another style? How can music change a person's view of the world? With our advancing technological and digital age, it is infrequent to notice people walking through campus, on the street, waiting on buses, in cafes, or anywhere in the city without a musical device playing music in their ears. Our culture is enriched in a diverse web of "music" and I hope to analyze how an enjoyment or even a discontent in a particular style of music can justify a person's life and perspective in an ever changing and growing society.

Sujot Kaur, Comparative History of Ideas, International Studies

Sooja Kelsey, Social Sciences

I am a Social Science major and a graduating senior. I will be finishing my undergraduate coursework in the 2007 UW Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities. I am interested in academic theory and its practical relevance to social change, in the place of the researcher in research, in discoveries that are found in extremes and in the intersections of those extremes - where life meets death subjectively and objectively. I am interested in looking at how race, gender and sexuality are historically and presently theorized and in applying those ideas in ways that may serve to reveal language that exposes the concealment of present violence. I have a variety of life experiences that inform my interests such as playing and performing music, life on a farm, activism and community organizing for social change.

Lindsay Lamfers, Comparative History of Ideas

The San Francisco Bay Area raised me. I still carry a love for the Berzerkeley Poetry Slam, the Exploratorium, and burritos from the Mission district, but Seattle has taught me to adore sustainable urban gardening, bicycling to picnics and floating spring cherry blossom petals. I've been using my time at the UW to explore different aspects of power, identity and physical space as they interplay with possibilities for social change, a journey that's taken me through women's studies, American ethnic studies, queer theory, urban geography, and critical theory. My most valuable educational experiences have combined theory & practice outside of the classroom, in my time working for a non-profit serving homeless youth in the University District and studying with other CHID students in Cape Town, South Africa. Recently I've been struggling with what it means to be an intellectual activist, how I might utilize the privilege that allows me to study theory at the university to fulfill my responsibilities to political action.

April Nishimura, Art, International Studies

Farah Nousheen, Comparative History of Ideas

Tara Anastasia Olson, International Studies

While I am going to graduate next year with a degree in International Studies and Global Health, my interests equally lie in understanding the local communities in which I live. After participating in the Arts and Humanities Institute I plan to spend the rest of the summer living in a small town in Eastern Washington with my aunt and uncle and job shadowing one of the town's four doctors. I will also spend this summer writing my thesis on rural women's healthcare in the Kumaon Region of India, where I had the fortune of studying last fall. Ultimately, I would love to explore rural healthcare on a more domestic level through my post-graduate schooling and career choices. When not reading and writing and "doing school," I spend my time volunteering at a Native American health clinic and playing the violin in a mariachi band.

Anya Pavlovic, Political Science and Communication

I am intently passionate about creating a professional commitment to academia concerning youth, culture, language and political-social influence. I have a very fervent interest for the field of contemporary rhetoric and the articulation and communication of meaning. A particular sub-category of interest from this very vast area of knowledge includes both public-legal and political discourse, as well as social communication and the influence of computer mediated technologies on youth social interaction. Additionally pertaining to youth, of a more political nature I am interested in the involvement of youth in politics, such as through their participation in organized youth commissions and public sectors. A general category of interest both personally and academically is that of artistic, linguistic, and literary self-expression, particularly in the form of poetry or community artwork.

Jamie Stroble, International Studies, Environmental Studies

Dane Sydow, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

My academic interests are focused around the creation of an authentic body of knowledge pertaining to the circumstances and conditions of marginalized peoples. I am particularly interested in examining the fluctuating roles of gender, race, and sexuality in determining socio-political viability. I am also interested in exploring the circumstances surrounding the proliferation of the prison industrial, the consequences of a system of mass incarceration.

Chloe Valencia, English