Summary Post: China and the Logic of the Democratic Peace Thesis

I realized after posting my first update that most people were not dumping entire sections of their papers onto this blog like I was and were instead doing reflections. If I had realized this sooner, I would probably not have started posting so late. (see my abstract, first update, and second update). Since this is my summary post, I will give a reflection of my entire research experience.

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Repeat Photography and Glacial Shrinkage in Glacier National Park (Summary)

During the first part of my research, I read numerous scholarly articles, books, and other sources to learn about the history of Glacier National Park and how it will be influenced by climate change.

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Native American Dance from a (misguided!) Choreographer’s Approach: Final Update/Summary of Project

During the past few weeks I have devoted probably close to forty hours to the development of my product. I am putting more time into it than is strictly necessary according to the stipulations of the Monroe project, and yet, I feel that I have done nothing which was not necessary under the circumstances. The product is just a written report, though of a somewhat unconventional nature. Realizing the importance of personal identity in research and in dancing, and certainly therefore in research about dancing, I have embraced rather than avoided the first-person voice in my essay. In fact, the real “findings” of this project are related to my identity, my perspective, and my experience as a first-time “researcher” of another culture. My paper recounts what I have learned about Native American dance past and present (and I will do so in this post, briefly, as required), but it contains little to no original insight aside from personal reflections, to which I dedicate quite a bit of space. Thus, it is less of a research paper than a sort of memoir or retrospective on a novice’s short-term dabbling in ethnography and dance studies. While this product (however classified) is certainly not an authoritative source of information on Native American dance, I did my best to avoid overgeneralizations and inaccurate statements, and I hope that this summary reflects the progress I feel I have made towards a better understanding of the topic.

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