Microcosms of Hope: Celebrating Student Scholars

Award-Winning and Honoree Contributions—2006-2007 Esther Kingston-Mann Student Achievement Awards for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Volume VI • Issue 4 • Fall 2008

Journal Editor:
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston

Issue Co-Editors:

  • Maureen Scully, UMass Boston
  • Esther Kingston-Mann, UMass Boston

(Visit http://www.km-awards.umb.edu/ for more information about the Kingston-Mann Student Achievement Awards and a photo gallery of the November 2007 Celebrations Event)


The essays in this Fall 2008 (VI, 4) issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge entitled “Microcosms of Hope: Celebrating Student Scholars,” received awards in The Kingston-Mann Student Achievement Awards for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship. Written by undergraduate students who address deeply urgent and important issues, each essay possesses a clear, distinctive voice. The authors do not turn away from difficult questions and do not waffle, even when they are dealing with questions and data that are ambiguous or contradictory. Although faculty may be accustomed to academic articles rife with qualifiers, indirect points, jargon, and a limited concern for relevance, the essays included here are the works of engaged researchers. They frequently include a call to action, sometimes persuasive for its subtle, measured tone. In this issue, students invite us to consider some traditional merits of scholarly work that have been lost, such as clear and jargon-free writing. They also point the way to new kinds of merit, such as using previously neglected information sources, paying attention to silenced or marginalized voices and questions, and raising issues of social justice. Contributors include: Maureen S. Scully (also as journal issue guest editor), Esther Kingston-Mann (also as journal issue guest editor), Laura Paz, Jaclyn Foster, Eugenia Trabucchi, Jessica Gama, José Luiz Prado Filho, Marie Nelson, Friday Onyeoziri, Manda Lynne Kindle, Mia L. Parviainen, and Mohammad H. Tamdgidi (also as journal editor-in-chief). Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge is a publication of OKCIR: The Omar Khayyam Center for Integrative Research in Utopia, Mysticism, and Science (Utopystics). For more information about OKCIR and other issues in its journal’s Edited Collection as well as Monograph and Translation series visit OKCIR’s homepage.

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vii—Editor’s Note: Microcosms of Hope
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, University of Massachusetts Boston

1—Celebrating Student Scholars: An Introduction
Issue Co-Editors: Maureen S. Scully & Esther Kingston-Mann, University of Massachusetts Boston

11—“Nobody’s Mother and Nobody’s Wife”: Reconstructing Archetypes and Sexuality in Sandra Cisneros’ “Never Marry a Mexican”
Laura Paz, University of Massachusetts Boston

29—Gretchens and the German Garrison
Jaclyn Foster, Emmanuel College

39—Rape Warfare and International Humanitarian Law
Eugenia Trabucchi, Lesley University

49—“Without Ever Leaving the Ground, She Could Fly”: Ecofeminism and Soul Fulfillment in Toni Morrison’s Pilate
Jessica Gama, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

55—Goodridge et al. v. Department of Public Health et al.: The Role of Litigation in the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage
José Luiz Prado Filho, University of Massachusetts Boston

67—Inescapable Past
Marie Nelson, University of New Hampshire, Durham

73—Olaudah Equiano: Facts about his People and Place of Birth
Friday Onyeoziri, University of Massachusetts Boston

79—Tutoring Down the Rabbit Hole: The Inner-City Classroom, and What I Found There
Manda Lynne Kindle, Rhode Island College

87—The Experiences of Women in Computer Science: The Importance of Awareness and Communication
Mia L. Parviainen, University of Massachusetts Lowell