Archive for May, 2010

Presentations and Final Papers

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Here is a summary of announcements made in class today:


The schedule of presentations is posted below. Your presentations should be in powerpoint format (talk to me if you intend to use a different software so we can make sure it’s available in our classroom!) and focus on your field research and findings. Just imagine you would create this presentation for yourself: what is your topic and why did you choose it? what is most interesting to talk about / to present / to discuss from your project? What did you find out and how does that relate to your hypothesis and/or what you read about the topic? You can add facts and arguments from your background research but please don’t make us listen to a reading of your literature review. Also, make it a *visual* presentation: use your pictures, images you used during research and you are welcome to add others (respect copyright and privacy, of course). You have 5 min for your presentation.

Please post your presentation on the discussion board on Blackboard, on the day of your presentation by noon, so I can upload it on the computer in the classroom in time.

Please contact me if you want to include video in the presentation (if we didn’t talk about it today already).

I expect all students to be present on both presentation days. You will be assigned a “buddy” for comments and discussion, so everyone will be busy on both days!

You are welcome to bring food to share on the day of the presentations.



Your final papers are due on May 19 at noon. You will have to post your paper on Blackboard (on the relevant discussion board which will go up on May 17) AND leave a hard copy in my mailbox in the sociology department. The handout for the format of the final paper is posted here.

Schedule for Presentations

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

May 12

Amaru and Devin            The Significance and Meaning of Tattoos

Lorena                                 Tattoo Culture in America

Halie and Rachel              Greek Community: Hazing Rituals as Part of the Pledging Process

Nisha                                     Bullying in and beyond High School

Stephanie                            Men’s Views of Masculinity and Homosexuality

Edtricia                                 Uncharted Territory: African-American Museums in New York City

Nalicia                                  Ethnic Foods in NYC: Halal Street Vendors

Elizabeth & Kanwal    The Varied Influence of American Culture on Mexican and Pakistani Weddings

Lila and Lindsey                      Cupcake Culture in New York City

May 17

Caitlyn                    Mario and the Princess: Developers and Gamers of Adult Video Games

Julia                         Women in Music Videos

Veronica                Attitudes toward Underground and Mainstream Hip-Hop

Bianca & Christine                Body Image and Gender among Dance Groups

Helen                       Beauty and Gender / Ethnicity / Religion

Lauren & Sarah           Attitudes tow. Women’s Beauty by Age and Gender

Zhuoxi                    Effect of Mass Media on Perception of Beauty

Parker                                     Busking in New York’s Subway

Mohamed ?

Vote for a movie in class!

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
Click here to access the poll for film choices in class today.