For this assignment, you will conduct and record a 30 minute interview. After the interview is complete, transcribe the entire interview. You can use a digital transcription service, like However, you must listen to the audio to correct any errors in the transcriptions.

In addition to the transcript, please write a one page interview report/introduction. In it, you should describe the person that you interviewed, the setting, and striking features of the interview experience. You should explain how you felt during the interview. When did it go well? When was it more stifled? What was the interviewer most interested in discussing? Include moments when body language changed or conveyed a feeling or respond that will not be apparent in the transcript.
This honors seminar is centered on reading Bourdieu’s Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste. This book lays out and applies a set of principles for understanding social inequality, with a particular focus on how people's cultural tastes or practices are often used to justify their dominated social position. We will read the entire book carefully, in conversation with a number of strains of sociology that engage with it, foreshadow it, or complicate it. Readings include work by WEB Du Bois (Black Reconstruction, Souls of Black Folk) and Thorstein Veblen (The Theory of the Leisure Class), and contemporary American scholars Prudence Carter (Keepin’ It Real: School Success Beyond Black and White), Betsy Leondar-Wright (Missing Class: Strengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures), Lauren Rivera (Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs) and Anthony Jack. (The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students). We will tackle topics such as: how people make judgments about one another; the role of judgments of taste, style, and embodiment in reproducing class and race advantages & disadvantages; the role of class, class cultures, race and racism in American (and European) politics.