Slow Food in a Fast Food World: American Collegiate Chapters’ Approaches to Food Production Issues (Update 2)

After several days of intense reading, I have now explored two of my three topics in depth and created a rough outline for these two sections of my paper. While in many cases the situation was more serious than I expected, it is wonderful to know that there are organizations actively working to alleviate the problem.

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Slow Food in a Fast Food World: American Collegiate Chapters’ Approaches to Food Production Issues (Update 1)

My project can be divided into roughly four stages. Beginning in January, I contacted all collegiate Slow Food chapters who had contact information listed, asked for interviews, received appropriate paperwork, and set up appointments. This phase took far more patience than expected: of the twelve chapters I contacted, I received responses from six groups, and only three have led to interviews so far. This situation does not entirely adversely affect my project, as my research focuses on active Slow Food chapters. Moreover, the chapters that participated organize a large variety of events and discuss many different topics.

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Fort Wilson Riot: First Update

After completing my first round of research I have been able to refine my research topic a great deal and have also gained new respect for conducting historical research. My original guiding questions were “What drove the radical militia to assault Fort Wilson?, What exactly occurred during the skirmish? How was the conflict remediated and resolved after the fighting? and , What can the resolution of this specific conflict tell us about the broader resolution of conservative-radical debates and the construction of the American Revolution’s meaning?”. I have retained the original three questions but have tweaked the final question. Rather than focusing on the narrow topic of conservative-radical debates, I have shifted my interpretation of Fort Wilson to focus on what is arguably the most important and longest lasting element of the Revolution: the creation of a republican political culture.

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Form and Numbers: Culminating Information on Medieval Music

Entering my third week of research, I have been conducting structural analyses of 4 separate pieces written during the Ars nova in order to be able to view the layouts of isorhythm and retrograde motion in a detailed, yet still concise, way. The 4 pieces are listed below: [Read more…]