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Title:Cultural Houses at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Author(s):Leighly, Ian; Makhsudov, Azamat; Wegener, Jake
Subject(s):Cultural House
Cultral Center
University of Illinois
Asian American
Native American
La Casa
African American
Abstract:We did a study on the use of the cultural houses at the University of Illinois. A study on the Cultural Houses at the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign allowed us to find out their purpose and place in the UIUC. Our research question was: how significant are the cultural houses in the eyes of the students and the faculty as far as helping the culture insert themselves in the university community? According to a UIUC website the four cultural houses are here to help students of various backgrounds identify with their culture, and we were curious how they are used, and who uses them the most. This research lead to data that indicates how significant the role the cultural houses are playing in the cultural and racial atmosphere at UIUC, according to people that use them.
Issue Date:2011-08
Course / Semester:RHET105 Section B4C3 (Race and Ethnicity at UIUC)
Professor Thomas Herakovich
In this Rhetoric 105 class students were expected to: 1. develop skills as readers and writers by reading and writing sophisticated prose, including ethnographic papers/books/articles and research papers/journals/books/articles; 2. experience writing as a process of revision and collaboration, where longer, more complex pieces grow out of earlier work—ideas, collaboration, field notes, summaries, abstracts, data tables, charts, and graphs; 3. reflect and analyze conventional and personal reading and writing processes as readers and writers while reading, writing about, and discussing the texts of the course: published work, peers’ work, as well as personal work; 4. become more practiced at using writing as a means of investigation, writing as an early strategy for discovering and for answering questions, thus challenging the commonplace belief that all writing is designed to prove something once and for all; 5. identify and connect the intellectual and philosophical insights that arise when reading and writing personal and ethnographic essays, to the contexts of our day to day lives; 6. accomplish 1-5 above within a course context dedicated to investigating Race and Ethnicity here at UIUC and elsewhere through theorizing and practicing the art of writing and critiquing personal, ethnographic, academic papers, and various forms of data presentation.
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-08-17

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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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