This digital anthology was created by students in Honors 120: Questions and the Spirit of Inquiry and Honors 121: Honors Rhetoric, taught by Dr. Jessica A. Hutchins and Dr. Zachary Riebeling (respectively) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The courses explored the question “What Is Identity?” through perspectives from the humanities, sciences, arts, and the students’ own lived experience. Click on the links below to start exploring.

Students worked through multiple steps to create this anthology.

They classified different ways to answer the question “What Is Identity?” This included synthesizing topics from across the semester as well as important concepts that we may have missed, glossed over, or that merited further exploration.

They then selected the most important or interesting concepts, which shaped the organization of our anthology: Culture, Experience, Performance, Labels, and Inherited characteristics.

Students worked in groups to curate content to represents each concept, wrote analytic introductions to frame the curated texts, shared their ideas in oral presentations, identified connections between the groups, and finally built out this website as the culmination of the semester’s work.

Authors: Moe Abuzaneh, Bethanie Ahne, Baymuhammet Baltayev, Alyse Carey, Amar Coleman, AJ Curry, Reggie Edmonds, Anna Falbe, Julien Flores, Katie Kertz, John Kim, Sarah Korunka, Josh Last, Eileen Myong, Yassine Ndiaye, Danielle Price, Hollie Richardson, Tucker Tippitt, Hayden Trezek, Roman Wells, Faith Williams

View the Fall 2022 Honors 120-FR7 course syllabus.