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Cultural Studies Archived Connecting Experiences Spotlights

Merav Katz

Major: Communication/Human Relations
Type of Experience: Research
Mentor: Josh Gunn, Communication

Merav completed a research project exploring religion and cultural identity. Her goal for this research was to gain knowledge about religion and popular culture. Through directed readings, she studied the rhetoric of religion and its influence on a number of factors including cultural identities, cultural norms and behaviors, and new religious beliefs.

Albert Palacios

Major: Architecture and Anthropology
Type of Experience: Internship in Austin
Mentor: Mariah Wade, Anthropology

Albert’s interests in cultural anthropology and historic artifacts sparked his investigation into an internship at the Texas State History Museum. During the summer of 2008, Albert worked on exhibit research, artifact acquisition, and exhibit development. This internship also allowed him to learn more about museum management and development.

Dustin Villarreal

Major: Public Relations
Type of Experience: Research in Austin
Mentor: Brian Bremen, English

In the spring of 2008, Dustin conducted his own research project where he investigated Chicano and Chicana culture and literature. His work allowed him to work closely with Dr. Bremen through archiving related media sources to be used in Chicano/Chicana li