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Public Anthropology: Student Research
Disseminating Student Research
Lost Theatres of Somerville
From Africa to Medford: The Untold Story
Urban Borderlands: The Somerville/Cambridge Latino Community History Project
Shani Jordan-Goldman and Molly Hobey
create labels for 'From Africa to Medford'
Ariana Flores on WUMB
Faucenia Booker speaks at the West
Medford Afro-American Remembrance
Project community event, May 2006
Students also avail themselves of other opportunities for disseminating their research. In 2003, for example, Urban Borderlands student Ariana Flores was interviewed about her research experiences on WUMB's Commonwealth Journal, while Sebastian Chaskel reported on his research on the transnational practice of the baile de los negritos at President Bacow's Civic Engagement Forum in Spring 2005.
Place, Race, and Memory: Remembering West Medford's African American Community
In 2005 and 2006, students in Rosalind Shaw's class, "Place, Race, and Memory" explored social memory through partnership with a community initiative, the West Medford Afro-American Remembrance project. Students documented the lives and legacies of African American pioneers through oral-historical interviews and through places and objects of memory. Students examined how broader historical processes structured by race were experienced in specific people's lives, and the "work" that memories of these processes and people perform today. This project formed the basis for an exhibit, titled "Place Race, and Memory," curated by Rosalind Shaw at the Medford Historical Society Museum, which opened in May 2006. In July 2006 the exhibit was reinstalled in a permanent location in the Medford Public Library. See the website here.
Oral Histories in the Tufts Digital Library
Tufts Digital Collections is currently digitizing audiotapes of the oral-historical interviews conducted by students in three Public Anthropology seminars — "Urban Borderlands," "Place, Race, Memory," and "Theatres of Community." A selection of these interviews will be made available in their entirety on line. This is part of a pilot program titled "Oral Histories in the Tufts Digital Library" supported by a Berger Family Grant.
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