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CCSRE Life Stories Project: Kaye-Lani Laughna

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“Life Stories of Middlebury College” is a multi-phase initiative intended to gather people’s experiences while at the college, particularly reflections that highlight issues of diversity.  In her interview, Kaye-Lani Laughna explains that, although she grew up in Upper Peninsula, Michigan, she experienced international travel and study abroad throughout her life.  These experiences led her to her current job in the Middlebury College’s Office of International Students and Scholar Services.

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Kaye-Lani Laughna
International Student & Scholar Advisor

Susan Burch
Associate Professor of American Studies; Director, CCSRE; Head of Life Stories project

K. Laughna Transcription

 

During my study abroad experience with SIT’s Development and Social Change program in Cameroon, I spent six weeks in Ngaoundéré, a large town in the country’s Muslim North. Using surveys, interviews, and secondary materials I examined the relationship between the national secular legal system and traditional Islamic Fulbe law. My goal was to explore the balance between the two systems and identify areas of tension.

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Eleanor Johnstone
Researcher

Michael Sheridan
Associate Professor of Anthropology & Sponsor

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Guadalajara, Mexico’s second-largest city, has grown and thrived primarily through commerce. Often the most important kind of commerce in the city is informal buying and selling at unfixed prices in unfixed or temporary locations. Important aspects of Tapatían (Guadalajaran) culture are represented in the day-to-day activity of street vendors and tianguis (open-air markets). This presentation is adapted from a long-form essay (in Spanish), written during a semster on Middlebury’s program in Guadalajara.

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J.P. Allen
Researcher

Nicole Chance
Coordinator of International Programs & Sponsor

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