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2007 Rochester Institute of Technology | Sociology and Anthropology Department | College of Liberal Arts

Student Projects @ RIT

Literary and Artistic Reflections
on War, Violence, and Terror

An Online Exhibition

On September 11, 2001, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were bombed, creating havoc not just in New York and the United States, but in the world at large. Daily we watch on television as the death toll escalates for American soldiers in Iraq, and is a hundred-fold greater for Iraqis, a reality which is a side-line on the news. On April 16, 2007, we were horrified by the senseless killings on the campus of Virginia Tech. These events and others mandate that classrooms offer students strategies for grappling with the realities of war, terror, and violence both at a personal and intimate level, but also on a larger and more global scale.

We encourage our students to write an essay or to create a work of visual art that conveys their ideas about war, violence, and terror. This assignment promotes individual reflection and expression. The learning objective is to provide an opportunity for students to conduct research on issues of war, terror, and violence and to develop their own ideas based on their research findings. These ideas are expressed through writing and art. Selected individual literary and artistic works are posted on this site.