The Making of Americans

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In order to investigate the intellectual crosscurrents that produced modernism, Rai Peterson and her students each chose to study a significant figure among the “expatriots” who lived in Paris in the 1920’s. At mid-semester, they traveled to Paris to explore the neighborhoods where their subjects lived and worked. They also purchased a decorative art object for the Ball State University Museum of Art: a Pierre Selmersheim mahogany and marquetry sideboard. Upon their return, the class hosted a salon to display their creative work while assuming the identity of their subjects for freewheeling discussions with members of the community.

Rai Peterson Class Portrait
Rai Peterson, associate professor of English, is Director of Undergraduate Programs in English. She recently published Real World Research: Sources and Strategies for Composition.
CLASS MEMBERS: (at piano) Michael Osborn, Nicole Wick; (standing L to R) James McWilliams, Brandon Allen, Rai Peterson, Justin Wieging, Shannon Leigh, Andrew Gaub, Pete Tallman, Tom Tankersley, Andrea Powell, Bryant Rozier, and Robin Bryant
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