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  • dialogues cover electronic"My hope is that, just as the yellow telephone on the front cover of the 2011 Dialogues@RU Journal has a rich and beckoning quality, so too will the outstanding, sophisticated and professional 201 student research papers contained within this journal have the same allure..."

    Tisha Bender
    201 and Hybrid Coordinator, and Editor of the Dialogues@RU Journal

    As is the case with most research, the students probably encountered surprises and even obstacles along the way, as the path to true discovery is never a straight line, but unafraid of these complexities and willing to enter a dialogue (hence the name of this journal) with the authors of the works they read, with their teachers, with their peers, and in their own heads, they made rich and rewarding discoveries, and wrote up their findings in profound and intriguing ways.Hopefully for many of them, this research is the kernel of what will eventually become a sustained fascination forthem, and will lead to even deeper academicenquiry.

    The papers in this journal, although emanating from a variety of 201 classes of different topics, are laid out in this journal according to main themes and subject areas. The themes are Ethics, Medicine, Science, Music, Food Ethics, Contemporary Social Issues, and Global Concerns. You will see that these papers connect in fascinating ways. I hope that you will enjoy reading this journal, and indeed learn from it, and that you will be similarly impressed with the profound level of research and writing that these students have accomplished.

    Tisha Bender
    201 and Hybrid Coordinator, and Editor of the Dialogues@RU Journal

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  • dialogues cover"The Dialogues@RU Journal contains inspirational papers from gifted and committed students, who immersed themselves in their research, climbed to great heights of discovery, and wrote about their findings in elegant, eloquent and highly informative ways. The amazing topics that they explored, the sophistication of their research, and the rewarding discoveries that they reached, were purely outstanding."

    Tisha Bender
    201 and Hybrid Coordinator, and Editor of the Dialogues@RU Journal

    The cover of last year's Dialogues@RU Journal displayed a yellow telephone depicting the essential dialogue of the research and learning process. This year the towering pile of books, some old and well-thumbed, and some glossy and recent, also conveys the love of learning that the students whose work is published here clearly displays. These students immersed themselves in their research, climbed to great heights of discovery, and wrote about their findings in elegant, eloquent and highly informative ways. The amazing topics that they explored, the sophistication of their research, and the rewarding discoveries that they reached, were purely outstanding.

    I wrote last year in my Introduction to the Dialogues@RU Journal that it was my hope that for many of these gifted students, their research in the 201 Research Writing course was just the beginning, and would be a catalyst for some of them to inquire even more deeply into their field of study and possibly publish in a scholarly journal specific to their discipline. This in fact was accomplished by last year's winner in the Dialogues@RU Journal; Alissa Aboff, a former student of John Abrams, who had written "Protecting the Rights of the Intersex Newborn," and who now has worked further and has been accepted for publication in The Penn Bioethics Journal. Congratulations to Alissa and to John!

    This year the Associate Editors Brad, Elizabeth and Letizia decided, together with me, that two students deserved to win the award for best paper; Erica Nadera, student of Brad Farberman, for her paper, "Effective Manipulation through Music," and my student, Christina Kim for her paper, "Taboo the Taboos: The Ethics of Food Waste."
    Just as with last year, the criteria for selecting these papers for publication in the Dialogues@RU Journal include the following:

    • Could serve as a strong research paper model for future 201 students
    • Had convincing content and general intelligence
    • Demonstrated a depth of research, having used multiple scholarly sources in meaningful and connective ways
    • Was not biased, but had counter-arguments and complexity so that real analysis and interpretation, based on textual evidence, was apparent.

    The papers, though from a range of 201 courses, are arranged here under distinct subject areas including Food Studies; Music, Photography and Creative Writing; The Human and Physical Environment; History; Time and Humor. We hope you enjoy reading this scholarly journal, and are as impressed as we continue to be, with the profound work of our students.

    Tisha Bender
    201 and Hybrid Coordinator, and Editor of the Dialogues@RU Journal

  • Volume 9This collection of work was selected from nearly 150 submissions that represent some of the finest undergraduate research writing of 2012-13 by students in the Rutgers Writing Program course Research in the Disciplines (355:201). The students addressed important contemporary and historical topics in fields including sociology, political science, gender studies, the arts, popular culture, healthcare, ethics, and food science. What makes these research topics particularly noteworthy is the fact that the students developed them on their own, discovered the sources to explore them fully, and advanced independent and original arguments in response to their own inquiry. These are sophisticated projects, particularly at the undergraduate level, and we hope you will enjoy reading them!

  • dialogues coverThe papers published this year in Dialogues@RU engage an incredible range of topics and issues across academic disciplines. The papers are not reports of information, but analytical research projects written by undergraduate students in the Rutgers Writing Program to contribute their own original thinking and independent voice to ongoing scholarly conversations.

    You will read fascinating ideas in this journal. One writer claims that the same psychological processes that explain the passion of avid sports fans can be used to understand the dynamic that exists between improvisational jazz musicians and their audiences. Another argues that Alexander McQueen's provocative designs might be misogynistic at first glance, but when considered in historical context, become expressions of female strength and power. Still another writer links the likelihood of doctors using electroconvulsive therapy for treating mental illness to popular culture views of the procedure rather than medical evidence.

    These are but a sample of the wide variety of excellent papers in this year's collection. The Dialogues@RU project continues to grow. The 20 papers in this volume were selected from among 240 papers submitted by students who received an A in Research in the Disciplines during the 2013-14 academic year. Each semester, an editorial board of interns reads, selects, and edits the papers, so this journal is both written by and edited by Rutgers undergraduates–an impressive accomplishment from our talented students.

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    Volume 11 of Dialogues@RU showcases the work of undergraduate students in the Rutgers Writing Program. You will be impressed with the accomplishments of these Rutgers students whose papers were selected from more than 250 manuscripts submitted for consideration. Their work engages with the ethics of chimpanzee experimentation, explores the history of the musical as a quintessentially American art form, and argues for institutional change to allow transgender people to express their identity in public spaces. They analyze structures of surveillance to prevent insider trading, critique sexism in video games, and shine light on the lack of care given to the social and emotional needs of people with cerebral palsy. Two papers analyze the role visual images of atrocity play in forming people’s understanding of terrible events. Other papers look at contemporary medical issues like the anti-vaccine movement and the kidney donor shortage. The list of fascinating topics goes on, and I invite you to explore for yourself the students’ fine work.


    I hope you will also be impressed by the fact that the selection and editing of this journal is done by undergraduate students who participate in an Editing Internship offered by the Rutgers Writing Program. The intern team devotes long hours to reading and issuing reader reports on submissions after which they engage in a rigorous process of substantive and technical editing in partnership with the writers. This journal reflects their hard work and the editorial skills they developed over the course of the internship.



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    The Writing Program at Rutgers offers research courses that range from the Psychology of Conflict to the Ethics of Food, from Conspiracy Theories to Human Ecology. Other topics include feminism, medicine, film, propaganda, graphic novels, taboos, and family. Each semester, instructors provide background, theory, and the research skills needed to launch an exploration. However, it is the students who determine their arguments and the trajectory their essays will follow. The authors of the best papers are invited to submit their work to Dialogues@RU. This volume contains some outstanding research on video-visitation in prisons, media representations of queer villains, and maternal health in sub-Saharan Africa. Timely topics are also represented in essays on food waste, CRISPR gene therapy, and the limits of free speech in protest.             

    The essays appearing in this journal reflect another step in the Writing Program’s course sequence—editing, publishing, and presentation. All submissions are selected and edited by students enrolled in the Editing Internship. Volume 12 included an initial pool of more than 200 research papers. Some authors go further and submit their work to the Undergraduate Research Writing Conference at Rutgers. This scholarly gathering provides an opportunity for writers to showcase their work in panel discussions and individual presentations. The entire event is organized and overseen by students in the Editing and Conference Planning Internship. From conception to execution, revision to publication and presentation, writing at Rutgers is student-centered.



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