Teresa remarked that she longed for “someone who would ‘talk anthropology’ to us and teach us about ethnographic fieldwork.”  
  Early fieldnotes like Rene’s on Christopher Edley’s talk in January were not uncommon. Rene’s notes directly reported Christopher Edley’s talk, almost to the point of transcription, rather than observing the qualities of the event itself—the feel of the room, the reactions of the audience, etc. With the help of discussion and reading excerpts from Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes by Robert M. Emerson, Rachel I. Fretz, and Linda L. Shaw, the student researchers developed their own mode note-writing. The book proved an effective primer to encourage the ethnographers to record more than just the information conveyed by speakers at events. Fieldnotes, the authors assert, are always already both subjective and analytical: they capture their writer’s particular take on an event, and the act of writing is indisputably interpretive.  
  Afterwards, in one of her fieldnotes, Rene wrote: “I typed most of this before I read the chapter on writing ethnographies. In the future, I plan on writing more about the people in the room, the mood, what elicited strong reactions, and less word-for-word detail. The chapter was helpful and I wish I would have read it sooner.” (Chapter 3)  
Read the Report
  Early version of Rene's field notes  
  Rene's later field notes  
  Observing the audience at the Brown sisters event