Print Edition 2009-2010
Robyn Grant is a junior pursuing a degree in History and Gender Studies, with a concentration in twentieth century Latin America. She wrote “Seducing El Puente” for her riveting history seminar, Student Protests and Activism, under Professor Jaime Pensado. After falling in love with Cuban politics as a senior in high school, she had been trying to fi nd a legitimate reason to spend more time reading Fidel Castro’s speeches when she stumbled upon the story of the young writers of El Puente. When she found Allen Ginsberg’s account of his time in Cuba, she realized she could write a paper about her two favorite things: the Cuban Revolution and Beat poets. Luckily, Professor Pensado accomodated her slightly divergent topic, and this paper emerged. Among Robyn’s prospective plans after graduation are enrolling in culinary school, teaching women’s empowerment classes in Los Angeles, and, obviously, traveling (il)legally to Cuba.
Caroline Hawes will graduate in May of 2010 with majors in Pre-Medical Studies and Honors Anthropology. She has pursued her interest in Latin American and Latino Studies through coursework and research here at Notre Dame as well as at a six-month study abroad program in Mexico. As a student anthropologist, Caroline is particularly intrigued by the relationship between the social structures, institutions of society, and individual agency, which she explored in this research paper. After graduation, Caroline intends to continue research at a hospital in New York City for the summer months, and then serve as a volunteer with the Catholic Worker Movement, the Community HealthCorps sector of AmeriCorps, or the Somos Hermanos program in Guatemala. Caroline will be applying to medical schools this June for entrance in the Fall of 2011. She hopes to obtain a dual degree in Medicine and either Public Health or Medical Anthropology. Caroline would like to extend her heartfelt thanks to Professor Karen Richman who taught the course in which Caroline initiated this research and wrote this paper, and who has continued to advise and mentor Caroline during her senior year.
Creative proliferation - I use this term (unique to me, not something established/theoretical) to describe how the second generation of Mexican transmigrants not only assimilate into already existing oppositional/resistive sub-culture, but also produce/spread/grow oppositional/resistive sub-culture in their own creative/innovative/unique way.
Structural violence - I would define structural violence as violence/injustice that cannot be attributed to a specific individual or group of individuals. Structural violence refers to the violence and injustice perpetuated by institutions, systems, social structures, and overarching power dynamics present in a society or nation that prevent people from meeting their basic needs. Examples of structural violence include racism, sexism, economic exploitation, political oppression, extreme poverty, and all forms of discrimination. Paul Farmer and other anthropologists have written extensively on structural violence as the historically given and often economically driven forces and processes that conspire to constrain individual freedom, maintain poverty, and perpetuate racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination. Violence at the level of structure, institution, system, and overarching power dynamic can become embodied at the individual level and lead to other forms of interpersonal violence.
Tracy Jennings is a senior Classics major with minors in Anthropology and the Hesburgh Program in Public Service. After falling in love with Rome on a high school trip, she returned to study there at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies during the spring of her junior year. She developed an interest in the Emperor Hadrian when she visited his wall in England, his gate in Athens, and of course, his temple-dome hybrid called the Pantheon. As for her plans for next year, “frankly, we just don’t know,” (to use the wise words of her professor in Rome), but she hopes to fi nd a way back to the eternal city. She would like to recognize Professors Keith Bradley and Catherine Schlegel for their constant support and constructive criticism as well as UROP and the Classics department for the generous funding that made this essay possible and a joy to write.
Joseph Venturini graduated from Notre Dame in 2009 with a dual degree in the Program of Liberal Studies and Pre-professional Studies. He is currently a medical student at the Loyola University of Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine. He developed an interest in philosophy during his years in the Great Books program at Notre Dame. Th is paper is his senior essay. Joe sees medical ethics as the overlap between his liberal studies background and his medical education. He would like to thank Bernd Goehring, his advisor, for his indispensible guidance.