All resources in NHC Graduate Student Summer Residency 2021

The Unexpected Grief of Breath of the Wild

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"Video games are kind of known for having pretty bland or shallow main characters. From the perspective of the video game developer it makes sense: you want to allow your audience to easily ‘slide into’ the character they control with as little resistance as possible. It makes for pretty bland story meant to foreground the often-simplistic plot and as long as the gameplay is good, the puzzles are intriguing, and the aesthetic is polished and beautiful me and many others are pretty content. It’s a successful model." This Humanities Moment was collected as part of the 2021 Graduate Student Summer Residency Program.

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Author: Cameron Lee Winter

A Touch of Green

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"While doing research in Nanjing, the capital city of Jiangsu province in China, I made a visit to a local neighborhood called Dafang Lane. There's no famous tourist spot here, but I was drawn to it by a Taiwanese TV series that I watched years ago -- A Touch of Green." This Humanities Moment was collected as part of the 2021 Graduate Student Summer Residency Program.

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Author: Jinghong Zhang

J.C. Bach and the Exhaustion of Feeling

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"I was around 16 years old at the time of my humanities moment. I had been playing the viola for 7 years. As usually occurred, I became bored with practicing the first movement of J.C. Bach's Viola Concerto in C minor that my teacher had given me for an upcoming recital, so I decided to skip to the next movement. The second one was not one that my teacher ever assigned her students, so I hadn't heard it before. After a somewhat cobbled together sight-reading attempt, I decided to look up a recording." This Humanities Moment was collected as part of the 2021 Graduate Student Summer Residency Program.

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Author: Megan Kitts

Have One on Joanna Newsom

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"As I considered a range of options for my Humanities Moment, I instinctively knew it would come down to music, which is the element that moves me most often and intensely in my daily life. However, my tendency to live within particular soundscapes for hours or days on end also means that my moment is entangled with longer histories and hard to pin down in time and space. If anything, the album Have One on Me that yielded my “moment” has taught me a different, more unbounded relationship with time. But first, a little bit of background on the artist and how I discovered her." This Humanities Moment was collected as part of the 2021 Graduate Student Summer Residency Program.

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Author: Anushka Sen

Artificial Intelligence Technology in Hispanic Digital Literature

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"It was an exciting discovery when I read Condiciones Extremas by Juan B. Gutiérrez. Beyond the outstanding quality of the content, this digital novel also impressed me with its use of innovative technology. New technology has always amazed me. In this case innovation in literature with AI (artificial intelligence), immediately called my attention." This Humanities Moment was collected as part of the 2021 Graduate Student Summer Residency Program.

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Author: Leonardo Montes Alvarez

A Sword From Italy by Way of Alexandria

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"It was not my first time in The City, but it was my first time visiting the Met. The Metropolitan Museum of Art's reputation stretched out wide before it for a young man from the West Coast. I had long been interested in art, and I knew that the Met had one of the best collections in the world. I had missed a previous opportunity to go a few years back, and I wasn't going to do so again. My sister, a friend, and I took a train up to Fifth Avenue, and soon were outside the museum's broad, colonnaded entrance." This Humanities Moment was collected as part of the 2021 Graduate Student Summer Residency Program.

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Author: Thomas Morin

El yawar punchau verdadero: The time I discovered Jose Maria Arguedas

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"I hadn’t noticed until now how little I remember about the time I first read Yawar Fiesta. I know I had already received my bachelor’s degree and was working as an engineer. Was it 12, 15 years ago? I don’t know the exact time, nor the reason I decided to pick it up. Also, no matter how hard I try to remember, I can’t picture myself in the process of actually reading the book. I just remember a feeling. The feeling of knowing that my life was not going to be the same. The feeling that things will never go back to what they were before. With a feeling like that, I guess the details are not that important." This Humanities Moment was collected as part of the 2021 Graduate Student Summer Residency Program.

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Author: Carlos A. Tello Barreda

A Play and New Perspectives

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"In the summer of 2018, I took a trip to England where I had the opportunity to truly explore the city of London for the first time. One night during my stay, I visited the National Theatre where I saw the play Translations by Brian Friel." This Humanities Moment was collected as part of the 2021 Graduate Student Summer Residency Program.

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Author: ENK Robbins

"on a small radiant screen honeydew melon green are my scintillating bones"

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"Gwen Harwood's "Bone Scan" will always have a place in my heart when it comes to my inspiration for teaching Literature and my abiding interest in the humanities. Growing up in Singapore, the educational environment I was in did not prioritize literature and the humanities very much, and math and science were the core subjects that we were expected to focus on." This Humanities Moment was collected as part of the 2021 Graduate Student Summer Residency Program.

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Author: Eunice Lim

The Original Starry Night

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"Starlight Over the Rhone" is a precursor to the much more famous "Starry, Starry Night" by Vincent van Gogh. It features a boundless black sky that merges into the murky waters of the Rhone below. Stars shine brightly above and are reflected in the river." This Humanities Moment was collected as part of the 2021 Graduate Student Summer Residency Program.

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Author: Katie Ligmond

Finding Shelter in the Past

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"I discovered Petra late in life, and yet, my initial impression of it holds a perennial place in my memory. Growing up I was always fascinated by the civilizations of the past. This fascination eventually turned into my career of choice as a literary scholar of the Middle Ages. As such, I was always interested in ancient manuscripts, artifacts, history, and architecture. In fact, visiting medieval castles and other sites when I travel has become a tradition I keep close to my heart." This Humanities Moment was collected as part of the 2021 Graduate Student Summer Residency Program.

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Author: Jonathan Correa

Ramble On

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"Sometimes I wish I could say that a great novel or an experience with an especially gifted teacher or professor lit a spark for the humanities in me. Certainly, many novels and teachers planted seeds that I can identify and surely many more that I can’t. For me, that singular moment came in the form of the Led Zeppelin song “Ramble on.”" This Humanities Moment was collected as part of the 2021 Graduate Student Summer Residency Program.

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Author: Frank Lacopo

Integrating Spirituality, Corporality, and Tradition

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"In the middle of the Atacama desert there’s a small village called La Tirana, with a regular population of around 1,200 inhabitants. The village has a few streets, some modest houses made of sun-dried bricks and tin roofs, a cemetery, and a small church. What’s interesting about this place is that each 16th of July, its population increases up to over 500,000 people, who gather in the biggest religious festivity in Chile, called “Fiesta de la Tirana.”" This Humanities Moment was collected as part of the 2021 Graduate Student Summer Residency Program.

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Author: Fernando Alvear

Rise of Civilization

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"I’ve always been close with the humanities-- my mother is an English teacher-- and history and literature have always appealed to me. When I look back, though, I can point to a single time that determined my future in the humanities. That would be the happy holiday season when I received and played to death a copy of Civilization II." This Humanities Moment was collected as part of the 2021 Graduate Student Summer Residency Program.

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Author: Robert Carpenter

Still I Rise

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"I have so many fond childhood memories of the Black church in which I grew up. My mother was a founding member of the church, and she was responsible for producing the annual Black History Program every February; this program showcased youth and adult members while also offering rich and detailed information about African American history." This Humanities Moment was collected as part of the 2021 Graduate Student Summer Residency Program.

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Author: Nauff Zakaria

A Painting, A Baby, and Jacques Lacan Walk into a Syllabus...

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"This summer, I am working with the Syracuse University Art Museum to create English-specific teaching resources. The goal is to make the museum's collections more accessible to instructors for both teaching and research purposes. The job came with the underlying assumption that artwork is a valuable tool for all kinds of academic or humanistic endeavors: close reading, interpretation, question-asking, theory application, etc." This Humanities Moment was collected as part of the 2021 Graduate Student Summer Residency Program.

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Author: Madeline Krumel

Capacious Language in Romeo and Juliet

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"Despite its cultural prominence and my specialization in early modern English drama, I have not worked closely with Romeo and Juliet. I did read it once, but that was when I was a freshman in high school. And by “read” it, I mean that I relied on the modernized parallel text supplied in our edition. However, on day one of my first college-level Shakespeare course, my professor administered a reading exercise to acclimate us to the type of reading we’d be doing all semester. She gave each of us a printout of the following passage from Act 1, Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet, wherein the lovers first meet..." This Humanities Moment was collected as part of the 2021 Graduate Student Summer Residency Program.

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Author: Morgan Shaw

Feminist Killjoys

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"In my 'Problems and Issues in Feminist Theory' graduate course in the Women's and Gender Studies Department, my professor assigned a new release in feminist and queer theory called Living a Feminist Life by independent scholar Sara Ahmed. Reading the book, I laughed, cried, and underlined more than any other academic book. I had never felt so seen in a book, and the accessibility but depth of the concepts in the book were mesmerizing." This Humanities Moment was collected as part of the 2021 Graduate Student Summer Residency Program.

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Author: AF Lewis

Finding My Long-Lost Grandmother

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"In 2013, as a new college student, I started exploring genealogy. I learned to use the research skills that I developed from college history class to explore primary sources documents on my own. I reached out to extended family members, made new email contacts, and asked questions. I looked at courthouse records, newspaper clippings, and church records to not only determine where my ancestors are buried, but who their immediate family members are. I decided that I would make a genealogy book for my dad’s Christmas present, and I included him in the process. I loved when I could convince my Daddy to spend his Saturdays walking around cemeteries, locating relatives." This Humanities Moment was collected as part of the 2021 Graduate Student Summer Residency Program.

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Author: Jewel Parker

A History of Redevelopments

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"My humanities moment comes in the form a song called "Inner City Blues," by Marvin Gaye. The song was released in 1971 and it was a vocal illustration of the widening gap of inequality, racial instability, and social hardship endured by Black Americans in urban cities." This Humanities Moment was collected as part of the 2021 Graduate Student Summer Residency Program.

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Author: Ari Green