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Are there Racial Conflicts within Female Athletics?

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Title: Are there Racial Conflicts within Female Athletics?
Author(s): Mercilus, Whitney
Subject(s): Racial conflicts Female athletics 2008 Fall RHET102
Issue Date: 2008
Series/Report: RHET 102, College Writing II: Race & the University, Eve Eure: This course was the second half of a two-semester sequence that fulfilled UIUC’s Composition I requirement. In this semester, students took the writing skills that they built up during Rhetoric 101 and applied them to research, with the ultimate goal of completing an in-depth research project. This particular section of Rhetoric 102 was different from others for two reasons. Firstly, it was a Race and the University section. As part of the EUI-Rhetoric Race and the University Project, this class revolved around how race was represented and lived on university campuses, specifically at UIUC. Students grounded themselves in readings on how race is defined and talked about, and then they moved on to research related issues on campus. Students chose a research question related to race to answer in their final research project. Secondly, it was an Ethnography of the University section. As part of the EUI (Ethnography of the University Initiative), this class gave students the opportunity to create original scholarly research based on their firsthand experience with people, texts, and places on campus. In addition to traditional academic sources, their final research project included several interviews, observations, surveys, and/or analyses of University texts. As EUI students, they used the work of other EUI students among the sources for their research. The course syllabus is available at:
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Date Available in IDEALS: 2009-07-21

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    This collection examines ways in which the U.S. university and the American college experience are affected by diversity, and difference. In particular, these student projects examine experiences of diversity on campus, including important contemporary social, cultural, and political debates on equity and access to university resources.

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