Natalya and Amelie talk about how Natalya found Reed and became a religion major. This is also our last episode of the semester. We’ll be back after winter break with more interviews from the class of 2022.
Reed community members can read Natalya’s thesis, “The Ineffable Center: Islam in Borges’s Intertextual Universes,” online in the Electronic Theses Archive.
Our host, Amelie Andreas ’24, speaks with Ethan Sandweiss ’19 about his thesis on Afghanistan entitled “Highway to Hell: Afghanistan, America, and the Fragmented State.” Since this episode concerned recent events, this interview focuses a little more on the content of the thesis, and a little less on the experience of writing the thesis, than our interviews usually do. It is also a little bit longer than most episodes.
Lewis had a secular upbringing, but was fascinated by Fundamentalist Christianity in the U.S. from a young age. His political science department thesis gave him the opportunity to research Fundamentalism by examining the politics of Pat Robertson. Lewis spent a year and a half visiting churches and interviewing Fundamentalists, and also took an unplanned dive into social theory to find a working definition of “fundamentalist” in order to support his thesis.