Note: This session is capped at 80 participants.
Session Description: Two JMU researchers, brought together by the Center for Faculty Innovation's 2012-2013 research fellowship, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Shenandoah Valley, set out to explore the influence of migration and immigration on the regional and American identities of residents in the greater Harrisonburg-Rockingham area. In the process of planning their research, conducting focus groups with local residents, and coding their raw data, the researchers learn much more about diversity, difference, and the Other, as well as themselves, than they ever anticipated. Although their research focuses on responses to diversity within the local community, parallel themes emerge that also inform their experiences as co-researchers and members of the JMU community. Engaging these strands of their project, the researchers identify deep streams of diversity than run beneath the appearance of outward similarities and differences among JMU faculty and staff; and the strengths and, yes, sometimes limitations, these generate.
Presented by: Julie Ann Gochenour, Jennifer Bryne
Monday, March 18, 2013
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
FCSC, Highlands Room Note: This is a location change.