Project title: Welfare Narratives In United States Political Rhetoric: Stories, Power, and Contestation in Central Appalachia
Mentor: Laura Roselle
The most notable accomplishment of the semester is the completion of my research paper. In its final form, the paper has three sections: Reagan Welfare Narratives, Clinton Welfare Narratives, and Alamance County Welfare Narratives. This is the final result of my Lumen project, as well as the final paper for Elon College Fellows. I spent most of the semester synthesizing the research and interviews I had completed and writing. I also presented my research at LIFE @ Elon, NCUR, and SURF Day.
Dr. Ann J. Cahill
Professor of Philosophy
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Elon, NC 27244
Phone: (336) 278-5703
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