Academics and Research

westing: A Documentary

Girl in car

LEEP Pioneer and screen studies major Alison Mayer ’13 shot a road-trip documentary that addresses issues about American identity and the myth of the West. Alison’s research addresses the following questions: In an increasingly globalized and visibly multicultural world, how do Americans reinvent the myth of the West to work with—rather than against—other nations? How do Americans find a balance between rugged individualism and global community/brotherhood? Her LEEP (Liberal Arts and Effective Practive) faculty advisor is Screen Studies Associate Professor Hugh Manon.

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