Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Song of Hiawatha"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Spring 2011 - DURI
Research area(s):
Literature, Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts
Project Description:
The intern will work with the PI and Cooperating Faculty to finalize research on and write an article for submission on Longfellow's 19th century poem /Song of Hiawatha/, aimed at being a sensitive scholarly product that also advertises the holdings and activities related to Native American culture at Purdue.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern will attend a number of events celebrating Native American culture, those coordinated by Native American groups and by primarily Anglophone groups, such as the Tippecanoe County Historical Society and PU Libraries Special Collections; and reflect upon and seek out such events to enhance the in-progress research project that the PI has already drafted. That project will be submitted for publication by May 2011. Primary research is to procure content/data, specifically locating and acquiring material and electronic references to "Song of Hiawatha" from music, written material, and visual media. Related research is to understand rhetorical and cultural context required for this sensitive subject, specifically attending at least 4 events sponsored by the Purdue Native American Educational and Cultural Center and at least 2 interviews with Purdue scholars whose primary research is Native American culture.
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Desired Qualifications:
• Sophomore-advanced senior with strong organizational skills • Demonstrated strong writing skills • Demonstrated liberal arts archival research skills • Familiarity with inter-cultural texts, Native American preferable but other fields welcome
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Duran, Angelica
English and Comparative Lit/CLA

Student Supervisor

Angelica Duran
Associate Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Felica Ahasteen-Bryant
Native American Educationa; and Cultural Center