September 20, 2001
Independent study course will compile youth reactions to attacks and related
By Jennifer McNulty
Pamela Perry, assistant professor of community studies, is offering an independent
study course this fall to students who want to participate in a student-led research
project compiling youth reactions to the attacks and subsequent events.
"It will be a crash course in research methods, with students going out, interviewing
a lot of youth, compiling their findings, and then getting out the news about what
they've learned," said Perry, whose own research interests focus on youth.
A planning meeting for interested students takes place Friday, September 21, at 1
p.m., in Room 301 at College Eight.
Perry wants her student collaborators to help shape the project, but she envisions
researchers interviewing youth about how the September 11 terrorist attacks affected
their identity as Americans, whether their racial attitudes have been affected, and
how they feel about the implications of war, among other topics.
About eight students have expressed interest in participating, said Perry, adding
that she will encourage students to distribute their findings through newspaper opinion
pieces and other outlets.
Subjects will likely be high school students and people in their early 20s, said
"If we could conduct in-depth interviews with at least 200 young people, that
would be beautiful. And I bet we could," she said. "I bet we could."