An Ethnographic Study of Cadets' Literacy Practices
This portfolio contains essays written by Even Rogers for SURI 2008. During this particular SURI, I investigated the educational curriculum of one of America's experimental schools of the 20th century. After studying the curriculum, I illustrate how the novel curriculum of Black Mountain can be sensed in the works of its students.
My Indian Literature eportfolio
Carrying two cameras and sixty rolls of film, I set out on foot from St. Jean Pied de Port in France on May 22nd, 2009, following the ancient Catholic pilgrimage road El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, or The Way of St. James. Almost one month and five-hundred miles later, I arrived in Santiago de Compostela in Spain, the traditional end of the road. While walking the Camino, I made portraits of those I met, asking each subject to handwrite an explanation of his or her motives for performing the journey. These pictures are part of an academic and deeply personal inquiry into the impulse to perform pilgrimage and the nature of its enactment.
Although the pilgrimage was Catholic in its inception, the Camino de Santiago (“Camino” for short) has experienced a renaissance of sorts since the late 1970s. The popularity of pilgrimage has not been isolated to the Camino, however—millions of individuals have sought out the experience of pilgrimage at religious and cultural sites around the world. Pilgrimage has become a worldwide phenomenon. In the words of renowned anthropologist Victor Turner: “[Pilgrimage] may be seen as providing live metaphors for human and transhuman truths and slavific ways in which all men share and always have shared, had they but known it. Pilgrimages may become ecumenical.” The photographs aim to bear testament to the humanness of the pilgrimage experience by bringing the individual into sharp focus. The accompanying statements, transcribed below the portraits, express individual motives for performing pilgrimage, but also certain impulses that resonate at the heart of human life.
My E-Portfolio for EN 206x