Follow the Things

This conversation focuses on the connections formed around commodities. In an increasingly globally connected world, it is getting harder and harder to know exactly where the things we consume come from. Such issues are at the heart of two undergraduate courses, one here at Brown and the other at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. This conversation will showcase student work from both schools, along with 'author commentary' from students as well as some additional thoughts from me (Jeff Bauer).

Locations

Exeter, DEV
United Kingdom
Providence, RI
United States
  • Jasmine Lee | August 3rd, 2011
    Wiley, Andrea S. (2011) Re-imagining Milk. New York: Routledge Press.   “Milk production is part of an overall mammalian reproductive pattern of increased investment in a smaller number of offspring who have greater chances of surviving to...
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    Jasmine Lee | August 1st, 2011
    “The cow is the foster mother of the human race.” – William Hoard, 1889, Governor of Wisconsin Slow and creepy orchestral music, stop motion of cartoons and newspaper clippings, surprising quotes and facts written in chalk on a blackboard, grainy...
  • Jasmine Lee | July 23rd, 2011
    I rarely seek out documentaries to watch for fun. Don’t get me wrong: they’re great! I always learn so much, feel empowered, and sometimes they’re even funny. But when I sit in front of my computer and try to pick something to watch, a documentary...
  • Jasmine Lee | July 19th, 2011
    “Maybe it would be a good idea to shut down academic journals like this one and force academic geographers to write for more public audiences for a few years… Some might see this as ‘dumbing down.’ But I think it’s the smartest thing that a lot of...
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    Jasmine Lee | July 12th, 2011
    “Continued attention to the most mundane and intimate aspects of people’s ordinary lives… can help us understand the big issues of twenty-first-century politics.” – Watson & Caldwell, 2005 In the fall of 2010, I took a course with Professor...
  • Jeff Bauer | March 13th, 2011
    Hi all, after a bit of an absence I'm returning with what I'm calling the 'Follow the Things Showcase'. I'll be linking to the Follow the Things site with student projects from Brown and the University of Exeter that I think exemplify what we're...
  • Jeff Bauer | January 21st, 2011
    Another short audio clip from Ian Cook. Here, Ian talks about the impact 'following things' has on his students, both inside and outside of the classroom
  • Jeff Bauer | January 14th, 2011
    Hi all, I'm closing out this week with a short clip from an interview I conducted with Ian Cook earlier today. There's lots to still sift through but this excerpt is a really nice encapsulation of a lot of what this work is about and why I think it'...
  • Jeff Bauer | January 13th, 2011
    I realized I haven’t been talking much about my trip itself. So I’ll be taking a break from interview excerpts for today and instead be writing a bit about what it’s been like being in Exeter for the week. The University of Exeter is about a two...
  • Jeff Bauer | January 13th, 2011
    Today I’m sharing some thoughts from a few students about the role of technology in the course at Exeter, as well as its importance to the Follow the Things site. These two courses would look very different without social networking, new media, and...
  • Jeff Bauer | January 11th, 2011
    So today I got the chance to start interviewing students at Exeter, both in person and via email. Rather than sharing these all at once, I figure I’ll try and touch on some themes I find particularly relevant to this kind of work, along with some...
  • Jeff Bauer | January 10th, 2011
    Hi all, I’ve arrived at the University of Exeter and am starting to get settled in. Today is the first day of term, and I've had some fun wandering about and talking to people. I’ll hopefully be starting interviews tomorrow but in the meantime I...
  • Jeff Bauer | January 3rd, 2011
    Hi, my name is Jeff Bauer and I’m a senior at Brown concentrating in International Relations and Economics. This January, I’ll be traveling to the United Kingdom to work with and interview students at the University of Exeter. The name of this...