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American Cheese

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Dr. Lisa Mitchell, Associate Professor of South Asia Studies, has guided her students to create voiceover videos as class assignments for a large undergraduate class (ANTH 063 / SAST 063 / HIST 087) in South Asia Studies. Her class focuses on how the desire to possess and consume commodities has shaped cultures. In addition to the commodities studied by the full class, each student researches a commodity for an individual presentation. Projects from the 2012 spring semester include some integration of video content in addition to stills. Students in all six sections of the course viewed the videos, and chose winners at the section and course levels. This video won 1st place in section. Lindsay and Dilip explore the journey of American cheese from extensified commodity to intensified artisan product. The video explores: Reasons behind the doubling of American cheese consumption from 1970 to 1994 Implications of the artisan cheese movement in the United States Connotations of class and status associated with different cheeses View curriculum and materials for this course

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