Defining Modern Terrorism and Resisting Stereotypes: Update 1

Prior to beginning the in-depth research of my project, I conducted a preliminary interview with a retired Army colonel and current FBI agent, Col. John Tumino, in New York City.  Through this interview, I gained important insights regarding the topic at hand, specifically that he believes in the necessity of a universal definition of terrorism.  To paraphrase Col. Tumino’s words, in a world where information is so easily recorded and accessed, it is essential to have very specific guidelines that leave little room for discretion.  Furthermore, in his opinion, most of the mass murder case studies that are going to be discussed in my research should not be considered terrorism (domestic or otherwise).  According to Tumino, classifying events such as school shootings, etc. as terrorism ignores the role of mental illness; in a society where mental illness is so stigmatized, we cannot afford to discount its involvement in certain cases.  If we treat someone with a mental illness as a terrorist, that could create an even larger stigma and lead to more issues.

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Update #1: Economic Trends and Relationships in Broadway Theater and Movie Musicals

This is the first update post for my Monroe summer research project. My project is split into three main sections: data collection, calculation of summary and inferential statistics, and the final analysis and presentation development phase. I decided to post my first update because I am about to finish the data collection portion of my project. As a reminder, for my research this summer, I am analyzing public data on movie musicals and Broadway musicals to see if there is a relationship or correlation between the two. Does one form of entertainment influence the other? Which one has grown more steadily in the past 17 years, etc? These questions can be answered through exploratory data analysis.

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Hollywood & the Holocaust – Update 1

In the past week or so I have begun preliminary research for my paper. At this point I am primarily just searching databases and websites for organizations such as The United States Holocaust Museum.

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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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