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Requesting Interviews for Research on Atheism

From: Don L.
Sent on: Sunday, November 13, 2011 5:02 PM

Please reply to [address removed] (Do not hit simply 'reply' because that will just go to me.)

Dear Tucson Atheists,

I am a graduate student at the University of Arizona studying sociology, and I’ve been attending meetings for a few months now. Perhaps you’ve seen me around.

I’m writing my master’s thesis on atheism and identity, and I’m looking for people who would like to be interviewed (doesn’t matter if you regularly attend meetings). Basically, I want to get a sense of how people go about deciding they are atheists, and how that in turn affects the people around them. The interviews will be informal and conversational, last about an hour, and will be set up at a time and place convenient to you. Topics to be covered during the interview will include (but are not limited to) your religious background/upbringing, when you decided you were an atheist, who you told and how they reacted, etc.

If you are interested in helping me with my research by discussing these topics in depth, please contact me so we can schedule a time and place to meet.

(Please note that an Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at The University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and University policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research.)

Thank you in advance,

Amanda Schutz
Graduate Associate
Department of Sociology
University of Arizona
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