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Shawndel Fraser is a Ph.D. Student in Environmental Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research is focused on American cultural ideas of nature, environment, sustainability and humanity. Her professional goal is to be an engaging and artistically creative, acerbically witty and clever, yet approachable cultural critic.
She uses the energy and flows of everyday live to inspire her artistic new-media, deliberately non-quantitative approach to cultural change research.

Shawndel's projects all seek to foster what she terms Collective Conscious Consilient Conversation. That is to say, that she seeks to nurture public forums interesting enough for everyday people, academics, students and professionals from different disciplines, fields and perspectives to discuss old ideas in new ways, and to brainstorm new ideas for the use of old places and things with new people.

Shawndel Fraser is the current Organizer of the Annual CUNY Nature, Ecology & Society Colloquium . Under her gentle guidance, the culture and format of the program is currently being expanded and technologically upgraded. Seeking to push beyond the limits of standard research presentations, the new Colloquium format will provide for open-forum interdisciplinary discussion to bridge the scientific, social and pedagogical gaps between Nature, Ecology and Society in academic research.

Jackpot! Car Culture is Online

I just found the online American car culture archive. What a great resource. I recently started to view myself as a collector, as I now own all issues of National Geographic Magazine! They exist in a combination of print and disc, which is more a sign of the times than a shortcoming of my collecting […]

Vote me into OpenCUNY Committee!

The Doctoral Students Council is holding elections to the OpenCUNY Governance Committee. OpenCUNY users can vote by following this link, where you login in and select up to four candidates to join the OpenCUNY Coordinator in developing the terms of participation. I began my relationship with OpenCUNY two years ago when I created this site for my […]

BODYWORK beckons…

I’m Steppin’ Out to Salon 294 Bowery tonight to the opening of BODYWORK. classic car aficionados, gawkers, technophiles and marxists alike will be out in full force to see this rigged-up combo of my personal favorite, the classic El Camino truck, with the cab of an East German Trabant. Of course this car display would […]

Count Me In!

I plan to attend. I am interested in the myriad ways it is possible to study, present, archive/store and “translate” cultural ephemera. Given that my research makes use of ads in National Geographic Magazine (NGM), which as I understand it, are not even included on the CD-Rom’s that the National Geographic Society sells each year. […]

Count Me In!

I plan to attend. I am interested in the myriad ways it is possible to study, present, archive/store and “translate”…

Concept to Content or Vice Versa?

My Dearest Thinkers – click here to view this post with the video clips that inspired my conceptual breakthrough! Eureka!!! I am currently working on the design concept and information flow for the host website for my research project.  My ultimate goal for this visual project is to create an engaging, jargon-free website to interest regular […]

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