Driving Question: How does veganism create ethical conflicts within cultural and religious communities?
My group and found a topic but after the talk in class we decided it wasn’t the best to do. Our topic was going to be about the diversity in Hollywood. The next topic we found was about “the danger of a single story”. We talked to the teacher and said it was to vain. Also the topic wouldn't have many articles about it. The research was going to be much harder and we wouldn't have as much process done with, we would’ve been behind. Now my group and i are looking for a topic that is interesting and have many articles about the topic. While looking for topics I did find some but they weren't as interesting and my partners didn't like as much as I did. In the beginning we had the universal theme and generalizations done. They were community and the four generalizations that corresponded with the universal theme. My group and I hope to find an interesting topic that we will all be passionate to research on. We hope to find as many articles that are about the topic will research on. We all collaborate well trying to find a topic that we will enjoy to work on.
My group and I found out many interesting things about our topic. Our topic is on veganism and how culture and traditions can create ethical conflicts within communities. Our universal theme is community and our gate icon is ethics. Our student led research, “SLR”, is an experiment. The experiment/observation is being vegan for a week. During that time we are keeping a journal of what we ate that day and any insults/comments of our “lifestyle” change. The point is for nobody to know that it is an experiment so that they take it seriously. The difficult part of this research is actually being vegan, not being able to eat and red meat, chicken, seafood or anything that comes from animals. Also anything that has been tested on animals. The hard part is when everyone is eating animal products and you're eating a salad. The easy part has been writing the journal and keeping track of the comments made that day. My group and I collaborate well and if we have any ideas that we think are great we always share them with each other. If we don’t like them we nicely say that we can come up with something else that we all think is good.
The last time I researched about my topic I found out that there are different types of vegans. I found out that I could concentrate more if it’s quiet or if I'm hearing music. For our tri fold our universal theme is community, and our icon is ethics. We should ethics by doing half the vegetables and half meat on our board. To show community we cutted out human figures and glued them all around the board. We are planning to do a gigantic fridge and have something inside that a person wouldn’t expect their to be. We need to work wisely and focus on doing our best. We also need to know what the surprise is going to be inside the fridge. My group and I are working well and we are helping each other as much as possible. We are planning to make the fridge 4ft tall and have be able to close and open. So far we have learned so many things that vegans go through. Vegans feel bad sometimes because they of the criticism people say. We are proud that we did a good job with our background. We took like about a week to finish cutting and pasting the fruit and vegetables.
Our driving question is: How does the veganism create ethical conflicts within cultural and religious communities? Some revisions we did to our project before we turned it in was see the grammar. We also fixed the ending question and fixed parts of our supplementary piece. I learned that there is not only one group of vegans but two more. They are punk-vegans and non-punk vegans. The punk vegans are people that stick to what their community, religion beliefs. For example the cow is sacred to the Buddhism religion. The non-punk vegans are more flexible they still don’t eat meat or anything that comes from animals but they do wear clothing that comes from animals. What I learned about doing scholarly research was that it takes more work and it’s a bit more difficult. Preparing for the oral presentation is more difficult writing it then actually saying it. The first time it's more nerve racking then you know what to say for the next person. Only if they ask different questions, it’ll be a different response. During the SLR I found out that different people have multiple perspectives on veganism depending on their religion. I think our collaborative went good we always did something during our period because we all have different class periods. I would focus more on the research, I would’ve like to find more information on the our topic. I would tell a student that’s new to symposium to to not worry if it doesn't come out to be the way they planned.