Senior Demonstrative Project Resources
The project provides an opportunity for students to synthesize the theoretical and practical experiences gained in the Major and to demonstrate their depth of understanding of a particular issue or problem to the larger Earlham community. Recent projects have included:
- A re-organization of the Earlham College Womyn Center's Archives to enhance their preservation and usability. The project also included oral history with Women's Studies faculty and alums and culminated in a re-opening of the archives and a presentation.
- An inquiry into feminism and food, researching the gendered nature of food preparation and cooking and the re-claiming of cooking and food as a site of resistance. The project culminated in a presentation and a subversive multi-course meal for women's studies faculty and students.
- A documentary film presenting a picture of the Earlham Women's Studies program twenty years after its inception, featuring interviews with faculty and students. The film explored activism, feminist pedagogies, global feminism, and the possibility of gender studies at Earlham.
- A student-taught course entitled, "Challenging Whiteness" which explored the possibilities and challenges of white anti-racist activism, the effects of white privilege, whiteness as an invisible identity, and the need for a critical inquiry into whiteness that does not re-center white people themselves.
The internship enables students to apply theoretical approaches raised in Women's, Gender, Sexuality Studies courses to practical situations in the world beyond the classroom. Internships can be done on an off-campus program, during the summer, or in Richmond during the academic year. Recent internships have included research at the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, editing and publishing at the feminist publication Off Our Backs, and working at the National Women's History Project.