Archive for January, 2015

Salty Archaeology

By • Jan 31st, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Over the past month here in Caracas, Venezuela, I have been finishing off the photographic cataloging of archaeological materials for my doctoral dissertation. These materials come from more than 34 years of archaeological excavations on the islands carried out by Drs. Andrzej and Maria Magdalena Antczak. In more recent years I have also participated in […]



The Final Countdown

By • Jan 31st, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Sorry, that guitar riff is probably stuck in your head now. A lot has happened since I last blogged on here. We are now all back at school for our last semester, which is crazy, and I am trying not to think about it too much. Some exciting things have happened this month, although because…
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New Year, New Changes

By • Jan 31st, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

It’s been 2 months since I last blogged, and it feels like so much has happened in that time. I’ve taken the MCAT, traveled to Nepal, and started my last semester at the College. And most importantly, I’ve begun some of the more serious work on my thesis. As my defense is in only a…
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Last semester, last efforts

By • Jan 30th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

It was a strange feeling coming back to campus knowing that it will be my last semester at William & Mary.  I’m holding off the nostalgia for as long as possible, however, and am planning on making the most of these last couple of months. I ended last semester not with my final product, but…
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Returning

By • Jan 28th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I’ve returned for the last semester of my undergraduate career, and instead of celebrating, I’ve been in bed sick for the past week. But now that I’m feeling better, I can move with greater swiftness towards the finish line! I don’t have any sentimentality at the moment, mainly because I haven’t really had time for…
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At the Movies

By • Jan 28th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This is slightly tangential, but given that anything seems to go when it comes to blogging, I think this is acceptable. I recently came across a scoring assignment for one of my favorite composers, James Horner (I’m a huge film score buff) called The 33.  It turns out that this is a film about the…
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Corons

By • Jan 28th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I’ll take this opportunity to discuss an important ‘theme’ that will be apparent in my honors thesis, which is the development of the corons in France. The term may appear by itself odd. It doesn’t seem to mean, even in French, what it actually means: a French coal mining village. Ville de charbon comes more…
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Fall break

By • Jan 28th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I’m happy to say that much was accomplished over my Fall break. The tedious task of transcribing, recording, and categorizing 7 million francs worth of aid, both foreign and domestic, given to families of victims is much closer to completion, which means I’m much closer to analyzing them. It’s a crucial step and one that…
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Writing style

By • Jan 28th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I’ve found that my writing process is slightly strange. I’m now at page 50 on my first chapter, and I’m not done! One of the things that I like to do is to really get into the ‘how’ of why something happens. For Courriéres, this means understanding the history of miners, the development of mining…
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Video

By • Jan 28th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I came across very nicely recorded videos of survivors of Courrières talking about their experiences, recorded in the 1970s. It’s such a special find for me because I’ve been working almost exclusively with documents and photography from the period, and it’s so nice to be able to view the actual people, living and breathing, involved in…
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