• In his essay called, “The ‘Magic of the Mall’: An Analysis of Form, Function, and Meaning in the Contemporary Retail Built Environment,” Jon Goss argues that retail environment developers have intentionally designed shopping malls to diminish a sense of guilt that comes with spending too much money by eluding that shopping is not the primary […]

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  • Defining the Problem Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, located on a United States naval base in Cuba, is perhaps one of the most famous prisons in the world. In her Encyclopedia Britannica article entitled “Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp,” Jeannette L. Nolen explains that, although the United States has been renting the land for the naval base […]

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  • In today’s age, many people avoid the hassle of going to stores by doing most of their shopping online. However, despite the surge in online shopping, retail and outlet malls continue to be popular local spots for groups of people to socialize. While many people enjoy going shopping with their friends, often people do not […]

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  • May 7, 2017 - mh9868a

    Presenting my Project

    On Monday I went to class with Professor Hoskins and some other classmates to present my project on the topos of Dupont Circle. Honestly, I was very anxious about presenting because I do not like speaking in front of a crowd. However, I persevered and decided to just present my project because I am very […]

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  • May 3, 2017 - mh9868a

    About the Author

    Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Maegan Hanlon, and I study International Relations at American University. Among my friends I am I known as a total history nerd, which is completely true. I also really love books, my home state of New Hampshire, and tea. This blog was created for my Writing 101 class. […]

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  • For my mapping commonplaces project, my CLS was Dupont Circle, and my specific site was BGR. More specifically, I found the BGR site because we were instructed to choose a location from Reuben Castaneda’s book S Street Rising. Honestly, I though choosing a restaurant would be a fun way to explore Dupont Circle. So, throughout […]

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  • April 28, 2017 - mh9868a

    Office Hours 5

    On Thursday, I went to office hours with Professor Hoskins one last time to ask some final questions. I cleared up some question on the Mapping Commonplaces project and extra credit assignments. Those questions were about the basic format of all of those assignments. Then, we went over my final plan for my essay one […]

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  •   This afternoon I attended a series of presentations about gentrification in DC. The first presentation was Joseph Marcus’s movie about the gentrification of the area of DC east of the Anacostia River. Historically, Anacostia has been a primarily black community. However, recently the city officials decided to build a massive bridge across the river […]

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  • April 25, 2017 - mh9868a

    Reflecting on Course Concepts

    *This post does not reflect on just one concept. Rather, it focuses on what I have learned, and why I believe those lessons as a whole are important. I honestly feel that in this class I learned a tremendous amount of more new and more effective ways to write. In my last writing class, an […]

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  • April 24, 2017 - mh9868a

    Office Hours 4

    I went to office hours on Monday to discuss my essay one redo. I was very nervous because I had worked on it a lot and thought it was an improvement on my first essay 1 attempt. However, I was still weary of my redo because I was worried I was making the same mistakes […]

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