Portfolios and Research Projects

Department of American Studies:

2013 Digital ePortfolios
In Spring of 2013, senior concentrators used the Digication platform to create capstone projects--digital portfolios that brought together different elements (papers, multimedia projects and reflective statements) of their work in American Studies. Capstone projects were presented to parents and friends at Commencement and are now available for viewing online. Click here to find out more about the ePortfolio and to see student projects.

Sakonnet Historical
Graduate and undergraduate students in AMST1550 and working on independent projects researched and wrote lively histories of locations and events in Little Compton and Tiverton, RI, for this interactive website. They worked with historical societies, libraries, and local historians to find good stories, photographs, and video to create this guide, available as apps for the iPhone and Android platforms as well as for the web.     

American Enterprise at the Smithsonian
Students in Professor Smulyan's "American Advertising: History and Consequences"  lecture course collaborated with curators at the National Museum of American history on the "marketing moments" section of the museum's upcoming exhibition on American Enterprise.  As part of the final exam, students chose images and wrote labels ; the best will be included in the exhibit. The collaboration was also covered in the Brown Daily Herald.

Erasing the Urban Defecit
A digital exhibit created by three students in Professor Meckel's seminar (AMST1904M) on the urban public health movement.  Students chose to focus on the public health campaign to improve the health of school children, particularly through improving nutrition                       

Perry Visits Japan: A Visual History
The John Hay Library at Brown University holds a fascinating Japanese scroll that beautifully illustrates Commodore Matthew Perry's landing in Japan, the first official contact between Americans and Japanese. This web site grows out of the work of students in Professor Susan Smulyan's classes and library staff who examined the scroll and the lithographs made by members of the Perry expedition. We hope to soon post writings by students at the University of Tokyo talking about the same images.                              

Underground Rhode Island
Growing out of Professor Paul Buhle's Oral History seminar in which students interviewed Rhode Island's counterculture artists and leaders, this interactive site contains images, audio recordings, videos, and personal stories from those who shaped Rhode Island's culture throughout the 20th century. The George Street Journal has written about the project in an October 2004 article.

Freedom Now! An Archival Project of Tougaloo College and Brown University
This website continues the relationship between Brown University and Tougaloo College, a relationship that began as part of the Mississippi Freedom Movement. Freedom Now! contains documents from Tougaloo and Brown's Archives, gathered by students from both campuses and faculty, including Professors Susan Smulyan and James Campbell from Brown, and Professor Ernest Limbo from Tougaloo. The documents on the site fall into two related categories: the Mississippi Freedom Movement, in which Tougaloo played a pivotal role, and the Brown-Tougaloo Cooperative Exchange, which grew out of that activism and continues today.     

Digital Scholarship at Brown             
This website exhibits 12 student projects from Professor Susan Smulyan's "Digital Scholarship" class, which was taught in the spring of 2010 at Brown University (the course syllabus is available on this website).