2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Interdisciplinary

IT DOESN’T QUITE TRANSLATE… The Relationship Between Africans and African Americans on the Truman State University Campus
Tiffany D. Caesar
Dr. Becky Becker (Columbus State University) and Dr. G. Victoria Landrum, Faculty Mentors

The relationship between Africans and African Americans, in the United States, is under-researched. The researcher explores how the media stereotypical depiction of both groups affects their relationship with each other, with the thought that it causes a negative influence by creating a division. In this performance ethnographic research project, a sample of five Africans and five African Americans -- student and faculty members within that campus community -- were interviewed and presented with open-ended questions to assess the current relationship between these groups within the Truman State University community. This process also included examining past studies, as well as exploring film clips that portrayed stereotypical images of Africans and African Americans. Excerpts from the interviews and data collected were then used to develop a one-woman performance piece and research paper comprised of the interviews and data collected.

Keywords: Truman's Campus, Relationships , Africans , African Americans, stereotypes, Why

Topic(s):English

Presentation Type: Performance Art

Session: 55-4
Location: VH 1408
Time: 3:30 pm

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