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Summaries of the 2018 Learning Clusters:

Fashion-Activism and Embodies Resistance | Ryan Caldwell – Associate Professor of Sociology

Fashion and Activism was able to engage with many different areas— how fashion itself can be a form of activism, social movements surrounding fashion and as conceived of by designers, how embodiment connects with fashion activism, what it means to perform identity with the use of “trashion”, how production and consumption of fashion matter, and more! We were able to report to the Soka community what we learned by asking LC booth visitors “what are you wearing” in order to initiate critical thinking surrounding embodiment. Additionally, we were able to show the creative approaches to learning that we encountered, including a discussion about student-made political fashion, how performance and identity create a subject, and how drag itself can be used to question the very sorts of beliefs we have about what goes on bodies. 

Language and Identity | Pablo Camus – Assistant Professor of Spanish Language and Culture

In this LC, we explored the construct of personal and community identity in study abroad contexts and how language contributes to its expression and interpretation. Our literature review of language and identity came from a series of approaches such as variationist, interactional, and ethnographic. We also explored at the idea of “accent”, its meaning, and how it intersects with identity and language. 

Human Impacts on Marine Life in Southern California | Lisa Crummett – Assistant Professor of Biology

Our learning cluster was titled, "Human Impacts on Marine Life in Southern CA". At our LC table, we had a slide show of photographs taken from the various field trips that we went on including an "Advanced Floating Lab Cruise" out of the Dana Point Ocean Institute, a trip to the Back Bay Science Center in Newport Beach, a trip to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Hills, and multiple tide pooling trips in the greater Laguna Beach area where students collected tide pool data on species diversity and abundance. Students took turns throughout the fair manning our LC table where they shared their individual power point presentations that examined a specific question associated with factors affecting the distribution, abundance, and diversity of various tide pool organisms in Orange County. Each student collected their own data, analyzed their data statistically, and provided graphs of their findings. We also shared pamphlets about Marine Protected Areas in Orange County, CA as well as information from the book that we read, “The Ocean of Life, The Fate of Man and the Sea” by Callum Roberts.