Note: This is a student project from a course affiliated with the Ethnography of the University Initiative. EUI supports faculty development of courses in which students conduct original research on their university, and encourages students to think about colleges and universities in relation to their communities and within larger national and global contexts.

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Title:396 Campus Folklore Collection
Author(s):Gregory McClendon
Halloween Traditions
Unofficial Saint Patrick's Day Research (USPD)
Issue Date:2008
Course / Semester:COMM 396, Folklore as Communication, Prof. Susan Davis: This section of Communication 396 focuses on the study of unofficial and homemade communication and culture, sometimes called "folklore". This unofficial communication includes speech, stories, proverbs, rituals and performances. This semester we will be participating in the Ethnography of the University of Illinois initiative (EUI), documenting the unofficial culture of students at U of I. We will also be developing proposals and methods for an ethnographic case study of student perceptions and experiences of "Unofficial St. Patrick's Day." In this course you can expect to do a good deal of reading on folklore in general and student culture in particular. You will also be asked to practice a variety of cultural description and documentation skills. You can expect to come away from the course with a strong sense of variety, persistence and flexibility of traditional culture as it lives in the present, and a good deal of practice in recording it, writing about it, and analyzing it. The course syllabus is available at:
Date Available in IDEALS:2009-08-03

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  • Student Communities and Culture
    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.

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