Title: Let Us Now Praise Humility
After three M-term trips to impoverished nations, my most recent exploration to Zanzibar presented not only fiscal issues associated with the region but more strikingly, problems with the education system which shocked and disturbed as I worked alongside students whose opportunities to receive wholesome educations were inhibited. My project is an attempt at revealing where these issues stem from and a search for answers as to how they should be addressed. Additionally, reflective pieces, modeled after the work of James Agee, aim to set the scene for a story that delves into issues that will alter the lives of members of my generation. Alongside ancillary images, which are intended to provide glimpses into the reality of the lives of others, my product is a personal reflection of my experiences and an attempt at piecing together answers to questions that have had a profound impact upon my regard of the privilege of education.
Images (see below)
Over the past three years, I have participated in international service trips
Upon returning from my third international service trip to
Upon accepting my request to be mentor, Mr. Frankel introduced me to a book written by James Agee named Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. The book is Agee’s attempt to recount and portray his experiences with tenant farmers during the Great Depression, and in doing so, he strove to portray reality as it exists and not as it is interpreted. This style inspired me: I decided that my project would be most effective as not only a research paper or memoir but as more of a literary collage.
In practice, I modeled my writing and style after that of James Agee. While at
first I had difficulty in finding information about the education system in
After months of writing and revisions, I was left with close to forty pages of compositions. The final challenge I was presented with was finding a way to present my writing. Again following in the footsteps of James Agee, I felt that it would be valuable to incorporate images into my composition, and in order to do so I would have my book printed. Utilizing Blurb and hours of meticulous formatting, I created a book which, I feel, captures both reality and my personal experiences in a way that is honest. Named Let Us Now Praise Humility, my project is my earnest attempt to present the truth and actuality of my experiences, and to do so in a way that credits the style of James Agee which affected my style greatly.
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Rose, Liz. “Package.” Email to Jake Sosne. October 14, 2009.
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“Taking Shares of
Community Member (Details)
Outside Consultant: Anneliese Gegenheimer
accepted my request to be my outside consultant after my initial request went
unanswered by another woman. Anneliese is a senior at the