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Zoom interviews, Google Translate, digital databases–ethnography in the 21st century looks a lot different than it used to. Each panelist spent their summer conducting research from the mountains of Campania, Italy to the Ecuadorian Andes, up to the Greater Boston Area and across the Pacific to the China-Myanmar border. Anna Sophie learned about the connections between oral traditions, Indigenous identity, and political agency for members of the Pueblo Kayambi. Eliza traveled through villages with folk dances, to volcanic regions with rich agricultural traditions and experienced museums with complex histories. N’Yshma’s journey was based on the changes within the poet's mood before and after mindfulness practices of yoga and meditation, trauma informed dancing, and yoga philosophy with self practice. Luming (Judy)’s research shows the complexity behind ethnic education from a political perspective and reveals the challenges for promoting local education development.

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  • N'Yshma Leroy ’23, Psychology and a Minor in Entrepreneurship, Organization, and Society
  • Anna Sophie Tinneny ’23, History
  • Elizabeth Brown-Lumen ’24, Environmental Studies, Anthropology
  • Judy Luming Zhang ’23, International Relations Minor:Statistics Nexus: Law, Public Policy, and Human Rights

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  • Cynthia Akanaga
  • heather mccarron

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