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Shane Logue, Video/Film and Art History

Heinrich Schliemann: Odyssey of the Mind
Faculty Mentor: Ms. Cathy Cook


This research grant will be assisting my funding as I study abroad in Athens, Greece. I will be attending the Hellenic Center for Mediterranean Studies through Arcadia University. During this time of study I will also be researching the controversial German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann. Schliemann advocated the historical reality of places mentioned in the works of Homer. Schliemann was an important excavator of Troy, along with the Mycenaean sites Mycenae and Tiryns. His successes lent material reflecting actual historical events. I would like to interview art historians in Greece about their views of Heinrich Schleimann. I will be documenting my experience with video and audio taken at some of the ancient sites. I will present my short documentary video upon returning to my Special Topics: Documentary class in the fall.

How did you find your mentor for this project?  

Cathy Cook is an experimental documentary filmmaker in the film department and was my Film II professor.

How did you know this was the project you wanted to do?

The pieces all fell together and it just felt right.  It was a spark of an idea that I wanted to explore and just needed the resources.

Do you get course credit for this work?

Yes.  I combined it with my Study Abroad class, which I received credit.

How much time do you put into it?

About seven hours a week towards the completion of my documentary.

How did you hear about the Undergraduate Research Award program?  

From the UMBC website.

What academic background did you have before you started?

Almost three years of undergraduate studies.

You have a $1,500 Undergraduate Research Award from UMBC for your work. How did you hear about this program? 

I had seen fliers for the URA in the Visual Arts Department and fellow student, Theresa Columbus.

Was the application difficult to do?

It took me about a week to develop my idea and a few hours to complete.

How much did your mentor help you with this?

My mentor was instrumental in planting the experimental documentary idea into my research but not heavily involved in the overall idea.

What is your advice to other students about getting involved in research?
Find something in your everyday life that interests you and expand upon it in hope of finding the unexpected.

What are your career goals?

Graduate school for Film Producing.

What has been the hardest part about your research?

Writing the treatment for the documentary aspect of the research.

What was the most unexpected thing?

Traveling to Turkey and visiting the ancient site of Troy mentioned in the Iliad.  Also, seeing the reproduced Hollywood Trojan Horse from the movie Troy given to Turkey as a "gift".

How does your research relate to your work in other classes?  

It is a video documentary about Heinrich Schliemann and so it plays an important role in my Film/Video major.  I am also taking a Documentary class as well to guide my research.