Marlboro College

News Plans of Concentration

 



Sigrid Jane Arvidson
Bachelor of Arts
SOCIOLOGY & PSYCHOLOGY
PLAN: A study of the relationship between class, race and education in youth culture.
PROJECT: An ethnographic study of a special education school in the public education system.
Sponsors: Gerald E. Levy, Thomas L. Toleno
Outside Evaluator: Deborah Cohan, Connecticut College



Kelly Marshall Baur
Bachelor of Arts
ECONOMICS & FILM/VIDEO STUDIES
PLAN: A study of film and economics focusing on the political reunification of East and West Germany.
PROJECT: A documentary film about contemporary German attitudes toward reunification and the rise of East German nostalgia.
Sponsors: Jay Craven, James A. Tober
Outside Evaluator: Catherine Plum, Western New England College



Peter John Berard
Bachelor of Arts
HISTORY & SOCIOLOGY/American Studies
PLAN: A study of organized crime in American society from 1880 to the present.
PROJECT: An examination of the evolution of organized crime in the context of America’s class structure and political economy.
Sponsors: Timothy F. Little, Kathryn E. Ratcliff, Gerald E. Levy
Outside Evaluator: Jerome Himmelstein, Amherst College



Rachel Ann Bernfeld
Bachelor of Arts
THEATER & CLASSICS
PLAN: A comparison of classical and Elizabethan ideals through theatrical application.
PROJECT: A paper exploring expressions of classical and Elizabethan ideals in Shakespeare’s Othello through
theatrical interpretation.
Sponsors: Paul D. Nelsen, Timothy F. Little
Outside Evaluator: Edward Isser, College of the Holy Cross



Channing Hall Bickford
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
ASIAN STUDIES/Chinese Environmental Development
PLAN: A study of the development of environmental management in China.
PROJECT: An analysis of environmental management in China through case studies.
INTERNSHIP: Beijing, China
Sponsors: Seth Harter, John Willis
Outside Evaluator: Mark Dailey, Green Mountain College



Julia L. Bielefeld
Bachelor of Arts
PSYCHOLOGY/Child Development
PLAN: An investigation of classroom structure and pedagogy based in educational psychology and field observations of primary and pre-schools.
PROJECT: A paper focusing on the way Reggio Emilia, Montessori and Waldorf structure their classrooms to create the learning environments they desire.
Sponsor: Thomas L. Toleno
Outside Evaluator: Anna Berry, Greenfield Community College



Douglas A. Bourget
Bachelor of Arts
LITERATURE/Visual Arts
PLAN: An exploration of awareness, redemption and the concepts of “active love” and “eternal memory” through literature (Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Camus) and visual art (sculpture, photography, drawing).
PROJECT: A paper on Dostoevsky’s philosophy and path towards spiritual fulfillment in his four central novels.
Sponsors: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle, Timothy J. Segar
Outside Evaluator: Peter Hawkins, Boston University



Seth Reeves Bowman
Bachelor of Arts
FILM/Dance/Visual Arts
PLAN: An exploration of television as a global medium for creating positive message art and the creative
collaborations between film, dance and painting as venues for empowering international populations.
PROJECT: The above areas will be explored through the creation of two films in TV format, a collaborative dance performance, three qualitative research papers and a series of large scale paintings.
Sponsors: Jay Craven, Dana Holby, Cathy Osman
Outside Evaluator: Elsa Borrero, independent artist



Deana A. Bramley
Bachelor of Arts
DANCE
PLAN: A study of dance as performance with a focus on the representation of female identity in Africanist and Europeanist concert dance.
PROJECT: A body of dances exploring themes of womanhood found in Africanist and Europeanist dance cultures.
Sponsor: Kristin Horrigan
Outside Evaluator: Thomas DeFrantz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology



Erin Lys Calabria
Bachelor of Arts
LITERATURE/Writing
PLAN: A study of memory in James Joyce’s Ulysses and selected works of Brian Friel in relation to the concepts of collective memory and continuity in Irish culture and literature, supported by a collection of original pieces of fiction and creative nonfiction.
PROJECT: One paper in four sections, including an introduction to the importance of collective memory and continuity in Irish culture and Irish literature before Joyce, one section exploring the representation of memory in James Joyce’s Ulysses, one section exploring the representation of memory in selected works of Brian Friel, and a concluding section.
Sponsors: Heather Clark, John Sheehy
Outside Evaluator: Peggy O’Brien, University of Massachusetts-Amherst



Bennett Dempsey Carpenter
Bachelor of Arts
LITERATURE & DANCE
PLAN: An exploration of the breakdown in values in early 20th century Europe through literary analysis and dance.
PROJECT: A paper examining the role of ethics in The Sleepwalkers by Hermann Broch.
Sponsors: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle, Dana Holby
Outside Evaluator: Peter Hawkins, Boston University



Sylva Cechova
Bachelor of Arts
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES/Agroecology
PLAN: To gain a broad background in environmental studies with a focus on agroforestry systems on Hawaii.
PROJECT: Comparative field study of the dynamic relationship between soil microecology and agroforestry on an organic coffee farm on Hawaii.
Sponsors: Jennifer Ramstetter, Robert E. Engel
Outside Evaluator: Robert Cabin, Brevard College



Renata Edan Christen
Bachelor of Arts
SOCIOLOGY & CULTURAL HISTORY
PLAN: A study of the Situationist International group and their response to the alienating effects of commodification, mass culture and leisure present in first-world nations.
PROJECT: One introductory paper which defines and explores Marx’s concept of alienation, attached to one three-part paper analyzing how members of the Situationists (particularly Guy Debord and Raoul Vaneigem) dealt with the problem of alienation through their synthesis of theory and practice.
Sponsors: Dana P. Howell, Gerald E. Levy
Outside Evaluator: C.J. Churchill, St. Thomas Aquinas College



Chelsea E. Connell
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
DEVELOPMENT STUDIES & BIOLOGY
PLAN: A study of development and health in Africa with a focus on Kenya.
PROJECT: A paper on different development problems in Africa focusing on health in Kenya.
INTERNSHIP: Bodo, Funzi and Kilifi, Kenya
Sponsors: Lynette Rummel, Robert E. Engel
Outside Evaluator: James Levinson, Tufts University



Cory Creagan
Bachelor of Arts
AMERICAN STUDIES
PLAN: An exploration of contemporary Native American society with an emphasis on issues of political sovereignty as cultural identity.
PROJECT: A series of interviews conducted with people associated with the Seneca Nation of Indians exploring pertinent topics concerning political sovereignty and cultural identity.
Sponsor: Kathryn E. Ratcliff
Outside Evaluator: Jean Forward, University of Massachusetts-Amherst



Aimee Rochelle Davidson
Bachelor of Arts
RELIGION & LITERATURE
PLAN: An exploration of man’s experience of God’s presence and absence in theological and imaginative literature of the Abrahamic traditions.
PROJECT: A paper exploring the complexities of the relationship between God and creation in theological writing.
Sponsors: Amer Latif, John Sheehy
Outside Evaluator: Michael Pittman, Albany College of Pharmacy



Lalique D’Bruzzi
Bachelor of Arts
LITERATURE/Modern Poetry
PLAN: An examination of T.S. Eliot’s work with a focus on his social and religious intent addressing the themes of unity and humility in “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” “The Waste Land” and “Four Quartets.”
PROJECT: An analysis of Eliot’s “Four Quartets” with an emphasis on his treatment of religion, transience and humility.
Sponsor: Heather Clark
Outside Evaluator: Peter Hawkins, Boston University



Lauren Alixe Deutsch
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICAL SCIENCE/Political Theory
PLAN: An exploration of tragedy’s ability to increase our desire to act.
PROJECT: An exploration of the democratic energies released through tragedy using the political theories of Emerson and Spinoza.
Sponsors: Meg Mott, John Sheehy
Outside Evaluator: Cannon LaBrie, Vermont College



Thomas Andrew DeVito
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICAL SCIENCE/History
PLAN: European roots to modern movements: political Islam today.
PROJECT: A comparative analysis of the development of political Islamist movements of the 20th century with an eye to enlightenment and counter-enlightenment influences.
Sponsors: Lynette Rummel, Timothy F. Little
Outside Evaluator: Gregory White, Smith College



Heather Nicole Dias
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICAL SCIENCE/History
PLAN: State of Effervescence: studies of Arab nationalism and informal empire.
PROJECT: A study of the relationship between the ideology and the phenomenon of Arab nationalism in Egypt and Yemen.
Sponsors: Lynette Rummel, Timothy F. Little
Outside Evaluator: Gregory White, Smith College



Cara Megan Downey
Bachelor of Arts
PSYCHOLOGY & DANCE
PLAN: A study of the developmental power of touch and sensory deprivation.
PROJECT: A research paper on the sensory system of touch, and a dance performance inspired by the effects of touch phobia.
Sponsors: Dana Holby, Thomas L. Toleno
Outside Evaluator: Clair Lemessurier, Antioch University New England



Daisy Vanessa Dyrdahl
Bachelor of Arts
DANCE & PSYCHOLOGY/Nonverbal Communication
PLAN: A study of nonverbal communication in contemporary dance forms, looking specifically at the spatial and temporal aspects from a psychological perspective, and the historical uses of nonverbal communication in dance from asociological perspective.
PROJECT: A dance performance of five original works reflecting research on spatial and temporal aspects of
nonverbal communication.
Sponsors: Kristin Horrigan, Thomas L. Toleno
Outside Evaluator: Claire LeMessurier, Antioch University New England



Alice Z. Everly
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICAL SCIENCE/Political Theory
PLAN: A study of the politically constitutive agency of place-based language.
PROJECT: A paper discussing political philosophy of language, using Wittgenstein, secondary sources and personal experience.
Sponsors: Meg Mott, Robert Brice
Outside Evaluator: Thomas L. Dumm, Amherst College



Ethan Friend
Bachelor of Arts
CULTURAL HISTORY & LITERATURE
PLAN: A cultural and literary exploration of American senses of place, focusing on New England and the South.
PROJECT: A series of papers exploring the construction and presentation of place in tourism and in literary works.
Sponsors: Dana P. Howell, John Sheehy
Outside Evaluator: Peter Mallary, Vermont journalist, historian and editor



Elina Frumkin
Bachelor of Arts
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES/Botanical Medicine
PLAN: A scientific exploration of traditional botanical medicine.
PROJECT: A paper describing the biology, history and medical applications of three medicinal plants with an introduction to phytochemistry.
Sponsor: Jennifer Ramstetter
Outside Evaluator: Mary Bove, Brattleboro Naturopathic Clinic



Veronica Ellena Giannotta
Bachelor of Arts
PSYCHOLOGY/Literature
PLAN: An epistemological investigation of the self, identity and how we interact with the world around us.
PROJECT: Three papers using a combination of personal experience and psychological and other frameworks to illustrate the relationships between theories of self.
Sponsor: Thomas L. Toleno
Outside Evaluator: Thomas Hersh, psychologist



Braden Lewis Godwin
Bachelor of Science
BIOLOGY/Conservation Biology
PLAN: A broad-based study of biology with a focus on biological and evolutionary forces acting upon life on islands.
PROJECT: An analysis of lemur population density data obtained during an internship in Marojejy National Park, Madagascar.
Sponsors: Robert E. Engel, Todd Smith, Jennifer Ramstetter
Outside Evaluator: Stephen Tilley, Smith College



Robert Groot
Bachelor of Arts
PHILOSOPHY/Ethics & POLITICAL SCIENCE/Political Theory
PLAN: A study of utilitarianism and natural rights.
PROJECT: An analysis of natural rights and utilitarian approaches to ethics with special attention to abortion.
Sponsors: Meg Mott, Robert Brice
Outside Evaluator: James Donelan, Franklin Pierce College



Eric C. Gushee
Bachelor of Arts
VISUAL ARTS
PLAN: A study of mixed media sculpture informed by drawings and photography, and a study of Piero Manzoni’s work in the context of the 60s and 70s art movements.
PROJECT: An exhibition of installation sculpture and two dimensional art with a paper on Piero Manzoni.
Sponsors: Timothy J. Segar, Anne Monahan
Outside Evaluator: Joseph Smith, Mount Holyoke College



Ashley Hamilton
Bachelor of Arts
THEATER/Technical theater
PLAN: A study of the works of Caryl Churchill, especially her play Blue Heart, with a focus on technical theater aspects.
PROJECT: A production of Caryl Churchill’s Blue Heart and a portfolio of materials related to set design.
Sponsors: Paul D. Nelsen, Timothy J. Segar
Outside Evaluator: Mara Sabinson, Dartmouth College

Catherine Anne Harrington
Bachelor of Arts
PSYCHOLOGY/Education & SOCIOLOGY
PLAN: A study of difference and its impact on the psychological and sociological development of children in an educational environment.
PROJECT: Ethnographic research concerning a community of children with learning differences as well as
corresponding research on individuality and the development of self within the framework of an ecological approach to psychology.
Sponsors: Thomas L. Toleno, Gerald E. Levy
Outside Evaluator: Anthony Barrand, Boston University

Maria C. Harris
Bachelor of Arts
WRITING/Languages & Literature
PLAN: A collection of original short stories supported by work in literature, translation and rhetoric.
PROJECT: A collection of original short stories.
Sponsor: Laura C. Stevenson
Outside Evaluator: Franklin Reeve, Wesleyan University, emeritus

Elizabeth Holzhauser
Bachelor of Arts
ANTHROPOLOGY & SOCIOLOGY
PLAN: An analysis of images in men’s magazines and the relationship of these images to the self-identity of young men today.
PROJECT: An analysis of the visual and verbal content of men’s magazines with consideration of the decline in the men’s magazine industry.
Sponsors: Carol Hendrickson, Gerald E. Levy, Thomas L. Toleno
Outside Evaluator: Sara L. Young, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Hanako Shimonaka Jones
Bachelor of Arts
PSYCHOLOGY/Biology
PLAN: An exploration in the study of psychology and biology and the emotional and psychological effects of non-human animals on humans.
PROJECT: A paper exploring human-animal interactions and their therapeutic value.
Sponsors: Thomas L. Toleno, Robert E. Engel
Outside Evaluator: Susanne Haseman, therapist

Rebecca Elizabeth Kamholz
Bachelor of Arts
RELIGION & LITERATURE
PLAN: Examination of the conception and creation of Jewish identity through Biblical, rabbinic and contemporary literature.
PROJECT: Two papers considering questions of identity and definition. One paper from a theological perspective on seminal Jewish texts like the Bible and the Talmud and one paper on contemporary literature.
Sponsors: Amer Latif, John Sheehy
Outside Evaluator: James Levinson, Tufts University

Bryon Kershaw
Bachelor of Arts
LITERATURE & SOCIOLOGY/Education
PLAN: A study of canonic American literature taught in high schools and progressive educational pedagogy with an emphasis on improving students’ understanding and fostering self-directed learning.
PROJECT: A series of essays on canonic American literature, progressive education and the pedagogy used for self-directed learning to better comprehend literature, culminating in an essay and public lecture.
Sponsors: John Sheehy, Gerald E. Levy
Outside Evaluator: Mark Fabrizi, North Branford High School

Hannah Zofia Kozik
Bachelor of Arts
LITERATURE & WRITING/Photography
PLAN: An examination of key qualities of small town America through literature, writing and photography.
PROJECT: A series of connected vignettes about a small town in upstate New York.
Sponsors: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle, Laura C. Stevenson, John Willis
Outside Evaluator: Franklin Reeve, Wesleyan University, emeritus

Atalia L. Krohmal
Bachelor of Arts
FILM/Video Studies & PHOTOGRAPHY/Cinematography
PLAN: A study of the film noir aesthetic in cinematography and photography.
PROJECT: The complete production of a film noir, including scripting, filming and editing.
Sponsors: Jay Craven, John Willis
Outside Evaluator: Kenneth Peck, Burlington College

Joshua Jeremy Lande
Bachelor of Science
PHYSICS & COMPUTER SCIENCE
PLAN: To develop a broad understanding of physics with a particular focus on software development.
PROJECT: The creation of software to analyze X-ray diffraction data and a detailed manual for the program.
Sponsors: Travis Norsen, Jim Mahoney
Outside Evaluator: Jason Zimba, Bennington College

Helena Marie Leschuk
Bachelor of Arts
THEATER/Film
PLAN: An exploration of drama in performance with a special interest in diverse representations of violence.
PROJECT: A paper summarizing, comparing and contrasting violent acts from Asian and Western films.
Sponsors: Paul D. Nelsen, John Sheehy
Outside Evaluator: Harry Keyishian, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Daniel Livingston
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICAL SCIENCE/Political Theory
PLAN: Re-imagining the possibilities of an active citizen in the United States.
PROJECT: An investigation of the role of civic engagement in defining democracy.
Sponsor: Meg Mott
Outside Evaluator: Amy Grillo Angell, Vermont College

Sarah Lynn Lovejoy-Carter
Bachelor of Arts
LITERATURE & DANCE
PLAN: An analysis of memory and identity in literature (Faulkner, Marquez and Fuentes) and an original dance performance inspired by these works.
PROJECT: A paper exploring themes of memory and identity in William Faulkner’s Light in August.
Sponsors: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle, Dana Holby
Outside Evaluator: Joanne Hayes, Greenfield Community College

Molly Katherine MacLeod
Bachelor of Arts
BIOLOGY/Ecology & Conservation Biology
PLAN: A study of plant-animal interactions in landscape contexts and their implications for conservation.
PROJECT: A field study and paper on the role of forest patches in bee pollination of low-bush blueberries.
Sponsors: Jennifer Ramstetter, Robert E. Engel
Outside Evaluator: Helen Young, Middlebury College

Kate Magill
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICAL SCIENCE/Political Theory
PLAN: A study of the relationship between politics and culture through the lens of pedagogy.
PROJECT: A portfolio of essays using critical theory to understand pedagogy and performance as potentially counter-hegemonic forms of political praxis.
Sponsors: Meg Mott, Resha Cardone
Outside Evaluator: Amy Grillo Angell, Vermont College

Amanda Ranee Martin
Bachelor of Arts
PSYCHOLOGY/Literature
PLAN: Drawing from the perspectives of empirical psychology and identity acquisition theory, an examination of the effects of cancer on adolescent development.
PROJECT: A paper on the effects of the trauma of cancer on adolescent development.
Sponsors: Thomas L. Toleno, Geraldine Pittman de Batlle
Outside Evaluator: Christopher Lovell, Union Institute and University

Rayna Joseph Mayo III
Bachelor of Arts
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES & POLITICAL SCIENCE
PLAN: An analysis of human-environment interactions, including political, ecological and economic dimensions.
PROJECT: A paper examining the institutions, laws and issues surrounding the creation of the current global
environmental movement.
Sponsors: Jennifer Ramstetter, Lynette Rummel
Outside Evaluator: Alex Wilson, BuildingGreen, LLC

Sheffield Hall McCann
Bachelor of Arts
BIOLOGY/Evolutionary Biology
PLAN: An exploration of the emergence of the vertebrate organization in its evolutionary context from a functional perspective, with attention to ecological considerations and the organization of specialized sensory systems.
PROJECT: A paper examining the anatomy and physiology of early vertebrates and the ecological implications of these characteristics.
Sponsors: Robert E. Engel, Thomas L. Toleno
Outside Evaluator: Elizabeth Dumont, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Regan Chewning Meier
Bachelor of Arts
ANTHROPOLOGY
PLAN: A consideration of contemporary anthropological work on writing culture and autoethnography.
PROJECT: An autoethnography exploring cultural assumptions and lived experience in biomedical and unassisted childbirth.
Sponsor: Carol Hendrickson
Outside Evaluator: Erin Ryan, National Midwifery Institute

Gregory Meyers
Bachelor of Arts
CERAMICS
PLAN: Functional pottery, ceramic sculpture, and a study of the evolution of studio ceramics in the United States.
PROJECT: An exhibition of functional pottery and ceramic sculpture.
Sponsors: Michael Boylen, Timothy J. Segar
Outside Evaluator: Mark Shapiro, ceramic artist

Heather Nicole Miles
Bachelor of Arts
LITERATURE/Writing
PLAN: A study of T.S. Eliot’s poetry and Cormac McCarthy’s The Crossing focusing on the use of language, the
relationship with divinity and the theme of homecoming and belonging.
PROJECT: A paper examining McCarthy’s portrayal of humanity in The Crossing and the relationship with God and with the natural world.
Sponsors: Heather Clark, John Sheehy
Outside Evaluator: Randall Knoper, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Joseph Mirsky
Bachelor of Arts
RELIGION & PSYCHOLOGY
PLAN: An exploration of the roles Buddha and William James play in their systems of helping others.
PROJECT: Two papers, one exploring the role of helping others in the writings of Theravada Buddhism with special reference to the Dhammapada; a second asking the same question of James and exploring his religious system of helping others.
Sponsors: Amer Latif, Thomas L. Toleno
Outside Evaluator: Laura Harrington, Wesleyan University

Kareshma Mohanty
Bachelor of Science
BIOCHEMISTRY & BIOLOGY/Animal behavior
PLAN: Broad study of molecular biology and biology in order to understand the neuroendocrine and evolutionary bases of sexual reproduction and associated behaviors.
PROJECT: A laboratory experiment exploring the interaction of genes, environment and epigenetics in gene expression, specifically the impact of diet on DNA methylation in Drosophila.
Sponsors: Todd Smith, Robert E. Engel
Outside Evaluator: David Berlinsky, University of New Hampshire

Tucker Morgan
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICAL SCIENCE/Economics
PLAN: Trade and African development, focusing on agricultural and regional integration in East Africa.
PROJECT: A paper on regional integration in Africa, from the Organization of African Unity to the Abuja Treaty.
Sponsor: Lynette Rummel
Outside Evaluator: Ned McMahon, University of Vermont

Devon M. Nee
Bachelor of Arts
SOCIOLOGY/Education
PLAN: A sociological exploration of Karl Marx’s and Erich Fromm’s conceptions of alienation, their relevance to contemporary capitalist culture and the possibility of transcending alienation through alternative education.
PROJECT: A study of a private school in Massachusetts, using interviews and classroom observation to show how the school avoids alienating students by providing a more meaningful education and positive community experience.
Sponsor: Gerald E. Levy
Outside Evaluator: C.J. Churchill, St. Thomas Aquinas College

Alexander Uno Ostrow
Bachelor of Arts
SOCIOLOGY/Languages
PLAN: A sociological study of the relationship between immigrant assimilation and bilingual education using native language in the research process.
PROJECT: An analysis of bilingual vs. immersion education illustrated by participant observation in the
Massachusetts public school system and a case study of a Russian immigrant in Vermont.
Sponsor: Gerald E. Levy
Outside Evaluator: Deborah Cohan, Connecticut College

James Wright Paul
Bachelor of Arts
LITERATURE & VISUAL ARTS/Photography
PLAN: A literary and artistic exploration of the nature of faith and the individual’s struggle against meaninglessness, through an analysis of contemporary American literature and original photographic work.
PROJECT: A paper on Cormac McCarthy’s portrayal of faith and meaning within the context of the American west.
Sponsors: John Sheehy, Gloria Biamonte, John Willis
Outside Evaluator: Randall Knoper, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Edwin A. Pell IV
Bachelor of Arts
LITERATURE & LANGUAGES/Chinese & WRITING/Fiction
PLAN: An exploration of language and literature through study of Chinese, selected Chinese poetry in translation and English Romantic poetry, with an emphasis on the images and presentation of nature. Supporting work in original fiction.
PROJECT: A paper comparing, contrasting and exploring nature imagery in Romantic and Chinese poetry.
Sponsors: Heather Clark, T. Hunter Wilson, Seth Harter
Outside Evaluator: Joanne Hayes, Greenfield Community College

Anushka Peres
Bachelor of Arts
WRITING & PHOTOGRAPHY
PLAN: An exploration of the relationship between people and places conducted through memoir, interview, travel writing and photography.
PROJECT: A series of creative pieces considering the relationships between Americans and their homes and Tibetans and their homes, supported by a collection of photographs.
Sponsors: John Sheehy, John Willis
Outside Evaluator: Joanne Hayes, Greenfield Community College

Ryan C. Reeves
Bachelor of Arts
WRITING & LITERATURE
PLAN: An exploration of the theme of the ineffable in modernist American literature and a body of original creative nonfiction.
PROJECT: A critical study of faith, grace and the ineffable in Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, supported by personal essays exploring the same themes.
Sponsors: John Sheehy, Gloria Biamonte
Outside Evaluator: Randall Knoper, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Jordon Chase Roberts
Bachelor of Arts
WRITING & LITERATURE
PLAN: A study of the hero in American culture focusing on the identity of heroes and their interactions with and alienation from society.
PROJECT: A full-length fantasy novel that explores the intricacies of two types of hero, the born hero and the created hero, along with how these heroes react to and interact with each other and their religiously based totalitarian society.
Sponsors: Laura C. Stevenson, John Sheehy
Outside Evaluator: Steve Bissette, cartoonist

Sean Patrick Rooney
Bachelor of Arts
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES/Ecological Land Use and Design
PLAN: An exploration of ecological principles, historical attitudes, public policy decisions and design solutions that reveal an understanding of American interaction with the land.
PROJECT: A paper on a survey of ecological principles and how they can guide good decisions in land use.
Sponsors: Jennifer Ramstetter, Timothy J. Segar
Outside Evaluator: Jeff Nugent, Windham Regional Commission

Lia Sanders
Bachelor of Arts
PHOTOGRAPHY
PLAN: A Plan in photography and art history with respective focuses on alternative process and degree of
presentation, and methods of critical analysis in the American art world as it moved into the 1960s.
PROJECT: Photography: An exploration of alternative process and degrees of presentation in relation to photography culminating in a photographic and materials installation. Art History: A paper discussing Leo Steinberg’s Other Criteria as a more relevant critical base than Greenbergian formalism as American artistic production moved into the 1960s.
Sponsors: John Willis, Anne Monahan
Outside Evaluator: Humberto Ramirez, Vermont College of Fine Arts

Daniel Peter Steadman
Bachelor of Arts
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES/Biofuels & LANGUAGES/French
PLAN: A study of biofuel production including an economic analysis of costs and an analysis of production technology.
PROJECT: A paper on biomimicry describing the transition from polluting sources of power generation to more environmentally benign sources based on natural biological systems.
Sponsor: Todd Smith
Outside Evaluator: Tad Montgomery, Tad Montgomery & Associates Ecological Engineering

Abraham Stimson
Bachelor of Arts
COMPUTER SCIENCE & MUSIC
PLAN: An exploration of computer music composition through analysis of traditional Irish music.
PROJECT: Creation of a computer program to analyze and compose music specifically of the traditional Irish genre, with full documentation and description of the code. Examples of generated music will be discussed and analyzed for similarity to authentic Irish music.
Sponsors: Jim Mahoney, Stanley Charkey
Outside Evaluator: Judy Franklin, Smith College

Fiona Eileen Sullivan
Bachelor of Arts
LITERATURE/Writing & VISUAL ARTS
PLAN: A study of the relationship between self and nature in the work of William Faulkner, supported by original nonfiction concerning the contruction of self and a series of painted portraits.
PROJECT: An examination of themes of memory and place in William Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha novels.
Sponsors: Gloria Biamonte, John Sheehy, Cathy Osman
Outside Evaluator: Joanne Hayes, Greenfield Community College

Emily Carole Tate
Bachelor of Arts
PSYCHOLOGY/Visual Arts
PLAN: An examination of the psychological processes of making visual art, the pedagogy of visual art and aesthetics in relation to individual development as a visual artist.
PROJECT: A paper addressing the theories of aesthetics and pedagogy in the visual arts, accompanied by an exhibit of paintings.
Sponsors: Thomas L. Toleno, Cathy Osman
Outside Evaluator: Anthony Barrand, Boston University

William Lybrand Thomas
Bachelor of Arts
MUSIC/Composition
PLAN: A study of music with an emphasis on the art and practice of composition and with a secondary interest in the influence of world folk music traditions on the works of modern composers.
PROJECT: A portfolio of original compositions.
Sponsors: Luis C. Batlle, Stanley Charkey
Outside Evaluator: Etan Nasreddin-Longo, independent scholar and composer

Patrick Charles Tyrrell
Bachelor of Arts
ANTHROPOLOGY/Philosophy
PLAN: Historical, philosophical and ethnographic research on human relationships with wild animals in the latter half of the 20th century and how these relationships are constructed through an interplay of conservation ethics, biology, imperialism and decolonization.
PROJECT: An ethnographic account of human-animal interactions at the Bronx Zoo.
Sponsor: Carol Hendrickson
Outside Evaluator: William Edelglass, Colby College

Eric Verkerke
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICAL SCIENCE & AMERICAN STUDIES & HISTORY
PLAN: A political and historical study of the roots and revival of American agrarian theory and practice.
PROJECT: A critical paper discussing the strengths and weaknesses of modern agrarian thought using the tools of political ecology.
Sponsors: Meg Mott, Kathryn E. Ratcliff
Outside Evaluator: Ronald Jager, independent scholar and author

Jeremy J. Weeks
Bachelor of Arts
PSYCHOLOGY
PLAN: An examination of maturation, focusing on self and social perception in the individual.
PROJECT: Social and psychological research involving peers that correlates maturation with life experience, language and education.
Sponsors: Thomas L. Toleno, Gerald E. Levy
Outside Evaluator: Christopher Lovell, Union Institute and University

Emily Katherine Williams
Bachelor of Arts
CULTURAL HISTORY/Mathematics
PLAN: Studies in seafaring cultures with a focus on Newfoundland and the mathematics of traditional navigation, and practical experience with the SEA semester.
PROJECT: A paper examining the influence of seafaring in creating cultural identity in Newfoundland as a form of “cultural nationalism.”
Sponsors: Dana P. Howell, Matthew Ollis
Outside Evaluator: Gene Ammarell, Ohio University

Justin Alan Wolfe
Bachelor of Arts
HISTORY/German & French languages
PLAN: An examination of modern Europe centering on the origins of the European Union.
PROJECT: A paper on Franco-German relations and the origins of the EU, supplemented by papers written in French and German.
Sponsors: Timothy F. Little, Veronica A. Brelsford, Taryn McQuain
Outside Evaluator: Ute Brandes, Amherst College

Fuk Sing Yeung
Bachelor of Science
PHYSICS/Mathematics
PLAN: A broad study of physics as a preparation for future work in the physical sciences.
PROJECT: The application of conformal mapping to topics in physics.
Sponsors: Travis Norsen, Matthew Ollis
Outside Evaluator: Jason Zimba, Bennington College

Andrew Zuckerman
Bachelor of Arts
ASIAN STUDIES/Development studies
PLAN: An overview of poverty in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
PROJECT: Essays on poverty in the Lao PDR.
Sponsors: Seth Harter, Lynette Rummel
Outside Evaluator: Golan Samdani Fakir, School for International Training
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