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One of the students who recreated a childhood bedroom was Aurora Schifferli ’27, in a piece titled “House on Ossipee Road, c. 2010.” She said she “absolutely loved” the project, noting it allowed her to creatively reconnect with her childhood and embrace the significance of her surroundings. She decorated her diorama with green and blue walls, a rust-colored piece of knitted material for a carpet, and two miniature beds, one topped with a green blanket and one with a pink floral blanket. A representation of a bookshelf adorned with colorful and meticulously drawn book spines was the focus of the piece.
Schifferli said, “I wanted my diorama to appear as close as possible to my childhood bedroom, while working from what materials I had. This ended up with me prioritizing the most influential pieces of my room, namely, the bookshelf. I constructed the bookshelf with pieces of cardboard and drew out the books I had read the most onto a piece of paper I then glued onto the cardboard shelf.”
By embracing non-linear narrative styles and diverse realities, “Psychoanalytic Anthropology in Human Development” aims to foster a community of learners who can approach knowledge from multiple perspectives, Siddique said. The exhibition, meanwhile, provides visitors with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the personal narratives and artistic expressions of the young curators.
Beyond showcasing artwork, the project highlights the broader purpose of the College’s first-year seminars, which all students take during their initial semester on campus. The seminars provide a space for close interaction with faculty members and fellow peers and nurture critical skills in presentation, writing, research and analysis. They also introduce students to the College’s signature Connections curriculum. A student’s first-year seminar instructor serves as their adviser until they declare a major toward the end of sophomore year.
In its first year, the psychoanalytic anthropology seminar has proven to be a transformative experience for the participating students, who have discovered their personal ways of seeing and experiencing the world and have honed their self-reflection skills through exploring alternative narrative styles, Siddique said.
“These students have contributed to the rich academic environment of Connecticut College, reinforcing the importance of diverse perspectives and engaged learning.”