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Title:Close Mouths, Open minds: Incorporating Religion into University Life
Author(s):Altidis, Margarita; Joyce, Rachel; Olson, Kaitlyn
university life
Abstract:On a college campus like the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, there are many diverse religious groups. Many students choose to retain their religious habits while on the campus while others dismiss it as an expression of their freedom from home. In our research, we hoped to get a general idea about how religion is perceived on campus by students and professors alike, and if there are factors that affect involvement in religious organizations. Our research revolved around three main questions: 1) What are the positive and negative effects of students being "religious" on a college campus? 2) To what extent are religious opinions considered/tolerated in the classroom, and how do professors and students discuss these issues within the course? 3) How do religious organizations project themselves on campus, and how does that affect student participation?
Issue Date:2011-08
Course / Semester:RHET105 Section D3B3 (Principles of Composition: Race and the University)
Professor Linda Larsen
Rhetoric 105 helps you develop your reading, writing, and research skills and lays a foundation for the reading, writing, and researching you will do at the University. The skills taught in this course can also help you learn to make informed judgments in a world of competing ideas and learn to communicate ideas persuasively. This course gives you practice in: • Critically reading and analyzing texts • Rhetorical analysis • Forming arguments • Gathering and evaluating research • Synthesizing multiple sources • Conducting qualitative research • Composing: inventing, drafting, revising This section of Rhet. 105 centers on the theme of “Race and the University.”
Conference Poster
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-08-08

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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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