Splash Biography

JANIC AGUIRRE, Yale Sophomore Majoring in Anthropology

Major: Anthropology

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2025

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

My name is Janic Aguirre. I am from Newark, New Jersey, and major in Anthropology. My particular field of interest is in the anthropology and discourse of the self-help genre. I also have interests in Maya archaeology and Japanese political history. I am currently serving as part of the board of a Yale student organization called Bridges ESL, which invites Yale students to tutor English as a second language to adults in the New Haven area and abroad.

Past Classes

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H4691: American Folk Music and the Socialist Tradition in Splash Spring 2023 (Apr. 01, 2023)
"This Land Is Your Land" is one of the staples of American Folk music. During President Joe Biden’s inauguration, Jennifer Lopez performed some verses alongside “America the Beautiful” and a Spanish translation of the Pledge of Allegiance. American folk music holds history and meaning, not just to the writers but to the workers that sang these songs and fought. In this class, we will look at the revival of the American folk genre and its root in the socialist and anti-fascist movements of the early and mid-20th century. We will also analyze some lyrics in conjunction with history and politics to understand what were the motivations behind the folk music sung today.

X4692: UTAU: an introduction to Japanese Vocal Synths in Splash Spring 2023 (Apr. 01, 2023)
In just three years of her debut, the Japanese virtual singer Hatsune Miku was featured in over 100,000 songs. Domino’s Pizza and Lady Gaga have both made use of Miku’s brand and vocals. Voice synthesis software in the last 15 years have changed the course of music in popular and niche ways. Ever heard of the Donald Trump and Barack Obama cover of “We Don’t Talk anymore”? In this course, we will have a brief introduction to vocal synthesis programs through the freeware program UTAU. What processes and problems are faced when one tries to make a computer program sing their songs? What are the benefits and uniqueness of programs like these? By the end of this class, you would know the steps needed to produce your own UTAUloid vocals. No knowledge of music is required.

H4693: Archives and Libraries: What are they For and How can you use them? in Splash Spring 2023 (Apr. 01, 2023)
Your middle school library? Or your local library? What about the Yale Research libraries? Libraries and archives occupy a space in our lives around us. But let’s be honest, do you even know where your local library is (I didn’t for a long time)? In this class, we will examine what is a library and what is an archive? What purposes do they hold and what can we use them for? How did they come into existence? Should you ditch the internet for a library and archives?

H4694: Social Construction and Subjectivity in Splash Spring 2023 (Apr. 01, 2023)
Social construction has surfaced American political discourse in recent years. The notion of gender and race for instance received praise and scrutiny among intellectuals, politicians, and the general public. But gender and race are not the only ways social constructionism is applied. In this class, we will learn of different thinkers who influenced and commented on social construction theory. By learning of what social constructionism is from the theorists themselves, we will examine and critique these ideas and consider the following questions. How do these ideas relate to our lives? What do these theories exclude? Are these theories even worth considering?

H4613: Anarcha-Feminism in Japan: a story of Three Women in Splash Fall 2022 (Oct. 29, 2022)
When one think of Japan, one may picture a society of hierarchy and order. But for activists in the late 19th and early 20th century, that was exactly what wrong with Japan. How did anarchism find itself in Japan? Where did Yale Divinity School, christianity, and Esperanto play into this? How did anarchism set the foundations of Japanese feminism? In this class, we will take a brief look at the history of anarchism in Japan and analyze primary sources to understand the beliefs and lives of three anarcha-feminists: Ito Noe, Fumiko Kaneko, and Kanno Sugako.