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January 29, 2013

#SecondSemesterSenior

So what is it like being a second semester senior?  Well.  At least for me, it’s no cake walk.  Here’s a break down of my classes this semester at Clark:

Thesis: So I’ve mentioned my thesis quite a bit in earlier posts.  My history honor’s thesis is about Music and Art as acts of resistance at the transit camp, Theresienstadt.  I am primarily using oral and written testimony from survivors of the camp to support my argument.  I just finished up the very first draft of my first chapter a few days ago which was a very proud moment for me.  I could not celebrate it too long though before diving into the next chapter.  The whole project is due on April 15th so hopefully I’ll be able to wrap things up by then without rushing to pull everything together at the last minute.

Internship at the State House: So I’ve also discussed my internship in Boston this semester a few times in earlier posts.  I am actually getting credit for this internship as a directed study AND Clark is also covering all the costs of transportation and food to and from my internship.  I am in the Governor’s Boards and Commissions Office twice a week from 9 to 5.  It’s pretty time consuming, but I’ve really enjoyed my time there so far.

Genocide, SOC 130: I am taking an introductory genocide course to finish up the last few requirements for my concentration in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (HGS.)  Going into this course, I was a little worried that I was going to be a little bored only because the information covered, I have studied in depth in numerous other HGS courses.  Fortunately, this has not been the case.  While a lot of the information so far has been review for me, it has been great to go over various debates within genocide academia and hear new refreshing view points from students from different academic disciplines.  Professor Shelly Tenenbaum, who is the head of the HGS concentration, teaches this course and she is absolutely fabulous.

Special Topics: Gender and Mass Atrocities, HIST 268: This course is being taught by visiting Professor, Diane Mazurana.  This is a discussion based class of 15 undergraduate and graduate students and is taught around a dining room table in the Strassler Center of Holocaust and Genocide Studies.  It focuses on applying a gender lens when looking at different genocides and mass atrocities that have occurred all over the world.  We will also be assessing international, humanitarian laws in regards to such atrocities.  I am so looking forward to the contemporary focus that this class promises.  I can already tell that the discussions in this class will significantly add to my knowledge of contemporary genocides and the realm of international law.

 

My favorite building on campus, the Strassler Center of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, located in one of the many beautiful Victorian homes on Woodland Street.

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