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DANA LEIB 

HOMETOWN:
Overland Park, KS
HIGH SCHOOL:
Shawnee Mission East High School
MAJOR:
English and History
STUDY ABROAD:
Cambridge University, UK
THESIS:

My thesis is an examination of the cultural trauma of the First World War and how its impact on creating alternative narratives of causality in literature and historiography.

FAVORITE
CLASS:
My favorite class that I’ve taken at Wesleyan was my course on the British Modernist novel. Among other things, it’s the reason that I became interested in the issues that would eventually become my thesis, and the professor, Sally Bachner, would become my thesis advisor. It was the first class that asked me to examine novels as part of a particular cultural moment and a way to represent and deal with cultural trauma. Professor Bachner is, in my opinion one of the best facilitators of class discussions, so she was able to make the overall learning experience communal and participatory.
CAMPUS
ACTIVITIES:
I have been on the debate team for the last three years and am currently one of the vice presidents as well as helping to run the tournament that we host every year in November. I’ve also been on the Wesleyan Mock Trial team for the last three years and am currently a co-president. Before going abroad, I was head copy editor for the Wesleyan Argus, the student-run newspaper.
OUTSIDE
WESLEYAN:
For the last year, I have worked as a research assistant and then lead abstractor for the Oyez Project, a multi-media archive of the U.S. SupremeCourt. My main job is creating summarizing information about cases and presenting them in non-legal language. This past summer, I worked as an undergraduate intern at the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. I’ve also previously interned for a magistrate judge, an Assistant District Attorney, and the Northwestern University Press.
FAVORITE WESLEYAN EXPERIENCE:
My favorite Wesleyan experience is working o nFoss Hill when the weather is nice. You hear snatches of conversation around you and usually run into someone you know but haven’t seen in a while. It’s hard to work on a computer unless you’re really good at counteracting sun glare, so it’s just you, a book, the sun, and Wesleyan all around you.
AFTER
WESLEYAN:

I hope to go to law school and become a lawyer either for the government in the State or Justice Department, or I would like to work at a law reform agency, similar to the ACLU.

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