Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
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Sociology and Anthropology Senior Research Symposium 2010

Wednesday, February 3rd and Thursday, February 4th, 2010
Woolley Room, Mary Lyon Hall: Symposium Open to the Public



Education: Aspirations and Stereotypes

Moderator: Kersti Yllö

Post-Secondary Aspirations: Who Decides to Go to College and Why
Andre Morgan

Resisting Gender Stereotypes: a Study of Elementary Students
Iris Meehan

The Impact of College Athletic Participation: Reflections of Former Athletes

Jon Shepard

3:15-4:00 Break


Identity Development

Moderator: Bruce Owens

Context and Creation: Identity Development and Trans-National Adoption
Christina Lambert

Reformed Judaism in New England: Changes over Time and Across Generations

Maggie Samen

"Language is a way of living": Bilingualism, Identity, and Worldview

Caralina O'Connell



International Perspectives and Global Activism

Moderator: Gabriela Torres

The Bananaappeal: The Rise and Fall of the Banana Workers’ Movement in Nicaragua
Laura Gonzalez

“It’s our privilege to serve you”: Privilege, Identity and International Aid Work
Christine Panzarella

It’s NOT as Easy as ABC: HIV Transmission Prevention in South Africa
Brittany Bemis

Inventing Authenticity?: Globalization, Ecological Diversity, and Cultural Preservation in China

Adrienne Sharigian

10:45-11:15 Break


Local Activism

Moderator: Karen McCormack

Racial Justice Ally Status and Its Implications for White Identity

Pam Dicent

Relocalization in Massachusetts; Rebuilding Community for a Sustainable Future

Michelle Skolnik

"If sex with a man gives me pleasure...": Challenges Faced by HIV Prevention Programs in the Boston Metro Area
Melissa Swanson

12:15 LUNCH



Economy and the Family

Moderator: Hyun Sook Kim

In the Face of Foreclosure: Examining the Effects of the Current Crisis

Joe Donahue

Preserving Ties: Children of Incarcerated Mothers
Natalie Allen

Baby Björns, Breast Pumps, and Bassinets: Commodities in the Lives of Mothers
Michelle Seidman

3:45-4:00 Break


Music and Transgression

Moderator: Bruce Owens

The Punk Paradox: A Field Study of Punk Identity and its Relation to Marxist Ideology
Emily Tabor

Why do you Honk?: An Ethnographic Study of a Festival for Activist Street Bands
Cassandra Warnick


Professor Elizabeth Krause, Anthropology Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will deliver the Keynote Speech: Beyond Fear and Conventionality

Professor Krause’s work probes the interplay among nationalism, gender, class, race and ethnicity in the context of population politics in Italy, where women in the 1990s reached record-low fertility rates and where reproductive practices have provoked urgent political debate. For her research she has received support from the U.S. Fulbright Program and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. In her recently released book, Unraveled: A Weaver’s Tale of Life Gone Modern, Prof. Krause focuses on the story of one woman, Emilia Raugei, who was born in a Tuscan hill town in 1920 and worked as a straw weaver in a rapidly globalizing economy under Mussolini's fascist regime. The book blends historical fiction with narrative ethnography to understand the experience of becoming modern and to challenge the alarmism related to demographic shifts across Europe.

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