Marlboro College

News 2010 Plans of Concentration

Toni Lynn Baldi
Bachelor of Arts
THEATER/Dance/Performance Studies
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of performance through a theatrical and academic examination of the social dynamics of contemporary strip clubs in the United States.
PROJECT: A theatrical representation of contemporary strip clubs through the lens of an original musical set in a fictional club.
SPONSORS: Brenda Foley, Kristin Horrigan
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: William Seigh, Keene State College

John Wilson Bean
Bachelor of Arts
SOCIOLOGY
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the relationship between agriculture and sustainability.
PROJECT: A historical sociology exploring how the emergence and spread of agriculture affected human-environmental relationships.
SPONSOR: Gerald Levy
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Robert Rakoff, Hampshire College

Anthony Bisceglia
Bachelor of Arts
VISUAL ARTS/Sculpture
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of sculpture and other media supported by a paper on 20th century artists using soft form.
PROJECT: An exhibition of sewn sculpture and other media.
SPONSORS: Timothy Segar, Thomas Toleno
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Joseph Smith, Mount Holyoke College

Joshua Boykin
Bachelor of Science
CHEMISTRY
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the organic molecules used in photovoltaic cells with an emphasis on dye-sensitized solar cells and an exploration of the potential of solar power to become a primary source of energy in the United States.
PROJECT: A paper focusing on dye-sensitized solar cells and current research to increase their efficiencies.
SPONSOR: Todd Smith
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Peter Talmadge, Greenfield Community College

Christopher Michael Boyle
Bachelor of Arts
LANGUAGES/Applied Linguistics and Spanish
PLAN SUMMARY: La vida galapaguena: a collection of essays and journals exploring second language acquisition and culture in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, with supplementary work conducted in Spanish.
PROJECT: A case study of English as foreign language students in the Galapagos Islands and a paper researching and analyzing their performance in English.
SPONSORS: Tom Means, Rosario de Swanson
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Beatriz Fantini, SIT World Learning

Ashley Deanne Breazeale
Bachelor of Arts
BIOCHEMISTRY
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of genetic engineering to reduce automobile pollution.
PROJECT: A paper on using archaeal metabolism to filter harmful car exhaust and turn it into a useable fuel.
SPONSOR: Todd Smith
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Scott Tighe, University of Vermont

Noah Aaron Burke
Bachelor of Arts
PHILOSOPHY
PLAN SUMMARY: An analysis of the sublime in Longinus, Burke, Kant and Lyotard from the perspectives of aesthetics, morality and politics, with particular attention to the sublime as a symbol of freedom.
PROJECT: A paper mapping the use of the sublime through the works of Longinus, Edmund Burke and Immanuel Kant.
SPONSOR: William Edelglass
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: John Drabinski, Amherst College

Kevin Cabrey
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICS
PLAN SUMMARY: A political exploration of systemic epoch in the contemporary world.
PROJECT: An analysis of development in the 21st century through examining the decline of empire and the rise of a pluralistic alternative.
SPONSOR: Lynette Rummel
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Jon Western, Mount Holyoke College

Martin Cahill
Bachelor of Arts
MATHEMATICS & WRITING
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of several topics in mathematics, ranging from game theory to advanced calculus, and a focused examination of structure and narrative in games, covering both the design and implementation of games and their mechanics.
PROJECT: Designing a tabletop board game.
SPONSORS: Matthew Ollis, John Sheehy
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Chris Dupuis, freelance game designer

Meredith Vitale Cann
Bachelor of Arts
PSYCHOLOGY
PLAN SUMMARY: An examination of empathy and its similarities and differences in humans and dogs.
PROJECT: A paper examining empathy in humans.
SPONSORS: Thomas Toleno, Jonathan Mack
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: David Johnson, Greenfield Community College

Kenton Howard Card
Bachelor of Arts
SOCIOLOGY
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of the public service model in alternative architecture and its impact on the poor communicated through ethnographic writing, film and design.
PROJECT: Middle Class Architects: A case study of aspiring public service professionals.
SPONSORS: Gerald Levy, Timothy Segar
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Christian Churchill, St. Thomas Aquinas College

Keara Castaldo
Bachelor of Arts
AMERICAN STUDIES & POLITICS
PLAN SUMMARY: A critique of democratic theory and practice in the antebellum era.
PROJECT: Exploring the transformations of the democratic paradigm in the 1828 presidential election and its implications for republican participation.
SPONSORS: Kathryn Ratcliff, Meg Mott
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Tom Redden, Southern Vermont College

Sophia Cleary
Bachelor of Arts
ART HISTORY/Modern and Contemporary & DANCE
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of the relationships between conceptual and performance art with a focus on artistic appropriation and authorship.
PROJECT: A paper examining the concepts of object and subjecthood in the works of conceptual and performance artists from the 1960s and '70s.
SPONSORS: Erin Benay, Kristin Horrigan
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Frazer Ward, Smith College

Evan Clossman
Bachelor of Arts
HISTORY
PLAN SUMMARY: An investigation of the development of American neoliberal ideology, including a history of the movement in terms of its ideological conception and the progress and process of its instigation in American politics, both domestic and otherwise.
PROJECT: A paper on the development of neoliberal policy and institutions.
SPONSORS: Timothy Little, Gerald Levy
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Jon Western, Mount Holyoke College

Josephine R. Colburn
Bachelor of Arts
VISUAL ARTS
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of visual arts exploring printmaking, ceramics and sculpture through themes of repetition. Also a study of artists of the 20th and 21st centuries who explore aspects of appropriation.
PROJECT: A show of art works including prints, ceramics and sculpture.
SPONSORS: Timothy Segar, Michael Boylen, Cathy Osman
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Craig Stockwell, Vermont College

Mary Grace Theresa Coventry
Bachelor of Arts
RELIGION
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the themes of suffering, healing and the social construction of reality as depicted in the biblical book of Job and in the poetry of Rumi, supplemented by personal narrative.
PROJECT: A paper exploring the nature of suffering and healing, as depicted in the biblical book of Job.
SPONSORS: Amer Latif, John Sheehy
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Michael Pittman, Albany College of Pharmacy

Evelyn Rose Crawford
Bachelor of Science
BIOCHEMISTRY/Avian Biology
PLAN SUMMARY: A broad analysis of the interactions between organisms and their environment from a biochemist's and endocrinologist's perspective.
PROJECT: Paper discussing laboratory research on the effect of an endocrine-disrupting chemical, bisphenol-A, on gene expression in chicken testes.
SPONSORS: Todd Smith, Robert Engel
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: R. Thomas Zoeller, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Anne Wilson Davis
Bachelor of Arts
AMERICAN STUDIES/Psychology
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of female adolescence in the United States, drawing on perspectives from history, psychology and cultural studies.
PROJECT: A study of how single-sex schools impact female self-esteem.
SPONSOR: Kathryn Ratcliff
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Rebecca Hains, Salem State College

Amanda Justine DeBisschop
LANGUAGES/Ancient Greek & Literature/Contemporary American Poetry & WRITING/Poetry
Bachelor of Arts
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of love in three parts: an English translation of Plato's dialogue, The Symposium, an analytical essay linking The Symposium to Galway Kinnell's The Book of Nightmares and a collection of original poetry.
PROJECT: A collection of original poems.
SPONSOR: T. Hunter Wilson
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Jacqueline Gens, New England College

Lucy Michelle Joanna Alexander DeLaurentis
Bachelor of Arts
PHOTOGRAPHY & AMERICAN STUDIES/American Literature
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of how gendered identity is created in a mass-mediated society, drawing on socio-historical analysis and photography.
PROJECT: An exhibit of portrait photography and autobiographical collage.
SPONSORS: John Willis, Kathryn Ratcliff, Gloria Biamonte
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Rebecca Hains, Salem State College

Marcus John DeSieno
Bachelor of Arts
PHOTOGRAPHY
PLAN SUMMARY: A critical investigation into the ethical issues surrounding representation in documentary photography.
PROJECT: A photographic gallery exhibit investigating a consumer-oriented American landscape.
SPONSOR: John Willis
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Virginia Beahan, Dartmouth College

Carolyn Victoria Drumsta
Bachelor of Arts
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES & BIOLOGY/Evolutionary Biology
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of morality emphasizing the selective mechanisms by which it evolved, including an in-depth analysis of its adaptive function.
PROJECT: An exploration of the philosophical implications of evolutionary ethics, including a comparison with historical accounts of morality.
SPONSORS: William Edelglass, Robert Engel
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Richard Lewontin, Harvard University

Parker Matthew Davis Emmerson
Bachelor of Arts
PSYCHOLOGY & PHILOSOPHY
PLAN SUMMARY: An inquiry into the nature of perception, drawing on cognitive psychology, philosophy and mathematics.
PROJECT: A paper examining Gibson's ecological optics informed by geometry of the perceptual field.
SPONSORS: Thomas Toleno, William Edelglass
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Anthony Barrand, Boston University

Von Caterina Ferguson
Bachelor of Arts
ASIAN STUDIES & POLITICS
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of Vietnam's domestic and foreign policies since 1986.
PROJECT: A paper based on research with Hanoi residents regarding economics and changing lifestyles in Vietnam since 1986.
SPONSORS: Seth Harter, Gerald Levy, Lynette Rummel
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Kate Jellema, independent scholar

Michelle Leigh Fischer
Bachelor of Arts
ANTHROPOLOGY & RELIGION
PLAN SUMMARY: An investigation of New Age religion using fieldwork and library-based research.
PROJECT: An ethnography of the Correllian Nativist Church.
SPONSORS: Carol Hendrickson, Amer Latif
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Abigail Adams, Central Connecticut State University

Christopher Franz
Bachelor of Arts
FILM/VIDEO STUDIES/Screenwriting and Criticism & ASIAN STUDIES/Daoism
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the spiritual dimensions of the martial arts, specifically traditional Chinese martial arts and their relationship to Daoism, and an examination of how martial arts and spirituality have been portrayed in film.
PROJECT: A screenplay concerning the spiritual dimensions of East Asian martial arts.
SPONSORS: Seth Harter, Jay Craven
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: William Phillips, Dartmouth College

Rik Ganguly
Bachelor of Science
BIOLOGY & MATHEMATICS
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of the anatomy and physiology of the human kidney, with the goal of using mathematical tools to predict the severity of kidney disease.
PROJECT: A paper detailing work on mathematical models of kidney functions.
SPONSORS: Todd Smith, Matthew Ollis
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Armand Balboni, Westfield State College

Willson Barrett Gaul
Bachelor of Arts
WRITING/Creative Non-Fiction
PLAN SUMMARY: The composition and critical analysis of literary non-fiction, with an emphasis on personal narrative. An original book-length account of running the Leadville Trail 100 Ultramarathon, supported by analysis of selected personal narratives.
PROJECT: A personal account of running the Leadville Trail 100 Ultramarathon.
SPONSOR: T. Hunter Wilson
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: John Caldwell, author

Sean Gerety
Bachelor of Arts
ECONOMICS
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of the economics of the internet with a focus on creative content and property rights.
PROJECT: A paper analyzing property, piracy and the production of music from Gutenberg to Google.
SPONSOR: James Tober
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: John Levin, School for International Training

Caitlin Going
Bachelor of Arts
AMERICAN STUDIES/Literature
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of women and the supernatural in American history from the mid-19th century to the present, with an emphasis on the evolution of the spiritualist movement and the theme of the supernatural in the short fiction of Edith Wharton and Charlotte Gilman.
PROJECT: Women and the evolution of spiritualism.
SPONSORS: Kathryn Ratcliff, Gloria Biamonte
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Joanne Hayes, Greenfield Community College

Michael Brian Hamby
Bachelor of Arts
WRITING/Photography
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration through writing and photography of the possibility of finding meaning in loss, especially as it relates to family.
PROJECT: A collection of nonfiction pieces using memoir, interview and research to explore the death of my brother and its impact on my life, my family and my community.
SPONSORS: John Sheehy, John Willis
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Janis Greve, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Michael K. Harrist
Bachelor of Arts
MUSIC & RELIGION
PLAN SUMMARY: An examination of music and spirituality with an emphasis on the ways in which certain musics' supposed abstract and expressive nature may make it possible for the practitioner to engage with the ineffable.
PROJECT: A paper that draws parallels between mystical and musical experience with an emphasis on the performative nature of both disciplines.
SPONSORS: Stanley Charkey, Amer Latif
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Etan Nasreddin-Longo, independent scholar

Shelby Marie Holton
Bachelor of Arts
ANTHROPOLOGY & PSYCHOLOGY
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the impact of educational systems in South Africa and the United States.
PROJECT: A history of education in South Africa.
SPONSORS: Carol Hendrickson, Jonathan Mack
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Amy Grillo, Union Institute and University

Sarah Rachel Horowitz
Bachelor of Arts
ART HISTORY/Museum Studies
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of late-19th century French painting and how artists in Paris perceived and framed reality as well as an investigation of perceptions of space and organization in museum display and curatorial processes.
PROJECT: A study of framing, mirroring and window motifs found in late-19th century French painting and how social, political and geographical developments during the time influenced artists.
SPONSORS: Erin Benay, Cathy Osman
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Carol Ockman, Williams College

Alexander Douglas Hunter
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICS/Journalism
PLAN SUMMARY: An analysis of Mexican democracy, focusing on the media's role in influencing national politics.
PROJECT: A paper on democratic change in Mexico, focusing on the democratic transformation of the country to a multi-party system during the 1990s.
SPONSORS: Lynette Rummel, Dana Howell
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Michael Clancy, University of Hartford

Antonio Raphael Iaccarino
Bachelor of Arts
PSYCHOLOGY/Linguistics & LANGUAGES/Spanish
PLAN SUMMARY: To combine a solid foundation in psychology, Spanish and applied linguistics in order to apply them to the Colombian context of English language learning, history, culture and armed conflict.
PROJECT: Field study in Colombia examining the teaching of English as a second language.
SPONSORS: Thomas Toleno, Rosario de Swanson, Tom Means
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Beatriz Fantini, SIT World Learning

Morgan Knight Ingalls
Bachelor of Science
BIOCHEMISTRY/Molecular Biology
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of white-nose syndrome and population decline in bats, including laboratory research exploring the cause of the syndrome.
PROJECT: A study of changes in gene expression in mammalian cells exposed to Geomyces destructans, using microarray technology.
SPONSOR: Todd Smith
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Scott Darling, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

Gordon MacKay Jackson
Bachelor of Arts
FILM/VIDEO STUDIES
PLAN SUMMARY: Write, produce and edit an original film reflecting the filmmaking philosophies of Lloyd Kaufman and Roger Corman.
PROJECT: The complete production of an original film, including scripting, filming, scoring and editing.
SPONSOR: Jay Craven
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Kenneth Peck, independent film scholar

William Allen Jenkins
Bachelor of Arts
CULTURAL HISTORY & LITERATURE/Russian & East European Studies
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of Czech and Soviet cultural identity in the 20th century through literature and film.
PROJECT: An examination of the relationship of socialist realism to Czech new wave.
SPONSORS: Dana Howell, Geraldine Pittman de Batlle
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Polina Barskova, Hampshire College

Amity Jones
Bachelor of Arts
DANCE & RELIGION/Islam
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of spirituality and physicality drawing on modern dance and Islam.
PROJECT: A body of choreographic work exploring the connections between inward experience and outward expression.
SPONSORS: Kristin Horrigan, Amer Latif
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Candice Salyers, Smith College

Adam Susemihl Keller
Bachelor of Arts
AMERICAN STUDIES/Media Studies
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of how technology and mass communication have shaped the nature of community and public discourse in the United States.
PROJECT: From Mixtapes to the iPod: A radio production focusing on personal audio devices.
SPONSOR: Kathryn Ratcliff
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Benjamin Aslinger, Bentley University

Heidi Koos
Bachelor of Arts
THEATER
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of political disintegration in the aftermath of Richard Nixon's presidency through an original script and theatrical performance.
PROJECT: The writing of an original play, The Tiger Heart, and the staging of the production.
SPONSOR: Brenda Foley
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Jennifer Madden, Wheaton College

Alec Koumjian
Bachelor of Arts
PHYSICS & COMPUTER SCIENCE/Wind Energy
PLAN SUMMARY: An examination of the physics of wind power.
PROJECT: Computer models of wind turbine design and energy production.
SPONSORS: Travis Norsen, Jim Mahoney
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Patrick Quinlan, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Christopher Kwiat
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
LANGUAGES/Applied Linguistics
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of how languages are learned, drawing from both theoretical analysis of communicative language teaching and personal experience learning Portuguese in Brazil. This study is then applied to create a semester-long curriculum for the teaching of English as a second/foreign language.
PROJECT: A compilation of beginner-level English lesson plans outlining a semester's worth of English instruction.
INTERNSHIP: Florianopolis, Brazil
SPONSOR: Tom Means
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Alvino Fantini, SIT World Learning

Laura Lancaster
VISUAL ARTS/Art History
Bachelor of Arts
PLAN SUMMARY: A study in relief sculpture and works on paper that calls into question notions of the natural and the artificial, connected to an art historical study looking at images of violence and monsters in 19th and 21st century art and popular culture.
PROJECT: Art exhibition of artwork that emphasizes themes of collection, specimens, and natural and artificial materials.
SPONSORS: Cathy Osman, Erin Benay, Timothy Segar
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Soo Sunny Park, Dartmouth College

Alisha Langerman
Bachelor of Arts
VISUAL ARTS & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES/Ecological Design
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of visual art exploring the contemporary relationship between humans, ecology and the built environment, accompanied by research in vernacular architecture and ecological design.
PROJECT: Exhibit of woodcut prints and photography exploring human relationships within environments of sprawl, industry and abandonment.
SPONSORS: Timothy Segar, Cathy Osman
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Brian Cohen, independent artist, Bridge Press

Tobey Sol LaRoche
Bachelor of Arts
LIBERAL STUDIES/Education
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of music's role in early education, with a focus on fostering creativity and improvisation in young children.
PROJECT: A study of some of the more influential methods of music education used in the United States, with inquiries into the value of creativity and improvisation skills gained in the early years of primary schooling.
SPONSOR: Thomas Toleno
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Ellen Jahos, Keene School District

Isaac Daniel Lawrence
Bachelor of Arts
ECONOMICS & PHILOSOPHY
PLAN SUMMARY: An interdisciplinary study of environmental management with a focus on collaborative, place-based and adaptive planning, drawing on economics, environmental philosophy and policy studies.
PROJECT: A case study of the Northern Forest planning initiative, examining history, process and outcomes.
SPONSORS: James Tober, William Edelglass
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Jan Dizard, Amherst College

William Hunter Mees
Bachelor of Science
BIOCHEMISTRY/Immunology & POLITICS/Political Theory
PLAN SUMMARY: A study in biopolitics, public health and HIV.
PROJECT: A paper describing HIV infection and potential new therapies.
SPONSORS: Todd Smith, Meg Mott
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Armand Balboni, Westfield State College

Ariella Mara Miller
Bachelor of Arts
ART HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY/Visual Art
PLAN SUMMARY: An examination of the conceptual art movement focusing on the subject of artistic intention and the art object, as well as a look at the formal element of repetition, complemented by an exhibition of works on paper.
PROJECT: A philosophical exploration of the conceptual art movement with regard to artistic intention and the art object.
SPONSORS: William Edelglass, Erin Benay, Cathy Osman
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Nathan Margalit, Mount Holyoke College

Susannah Lane Mohan
Bachelor of Arts
WRITING & RELIGION
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the reciprocal relationship between identity and perception through creative non-fiction and a literary analysis of an ancient Indian epic and one contemporary American novel.
PROJECT: A piece of creative non-fiction about a summer spent in Tibet. A literary paper about the construction and expression of identity through myth-making in Marilynne Robinson's novel, Housekeeping.
SPONSORS: Amer Latif, Gloria Biamonte
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Martha Ackmann, Mount Holyoke College

Simon Moody
Bachelor of Arts
THEATER
PLAN SUMMARY: An examination of the history and use of race as a thematic device on the American stage, culminating in a production of Rebecca Gilman's play, Spinning into Butter.
PROJECT: A performance of Rebecca Gilman's play, Spinning into Butter.
SPONSOR: Brenda Foley
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Peggy Rae Johnson, Keene State College

Francisco Alejandro Mugnani
Bachelor of Arts
FILM/VIDEO STUDIES
PLAN SUMMARY: Studies in documentary film production and narrative film criticism.
PROJECT: A documentary film exploration of "hero" narratives in movies.
SPONSORS: Paul Nelsen, Jay Craven
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: William Phillips, Dartmouth College

Mia Noel
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICS & FILM/VIDEO STUDIES
PLAN SUMMARY: An examination of contemporary U.S.-Middle East relations, reflecting foreign policy of the George W. Bush administration, post 9/11 American film and personal experiences in the region.
PROJECT: The Bush Doctrine: Analysis of foreign policy under George W. Bush.
SPONSORS: Lynette Rummel, Jay Craven
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Tim Kipp, Brattleboro Union High School

Amber Lyn Nuite
Bachelor of Arts
HISTORY & LANGUAGES/Spanish
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of the history of Argentina and of the Tango in Argentina and elsewhere. Much of the written work will be in the Spanish language.
PROJECT: A paper exploring the history of the Argentine tango.
SPONSOR: Timothy Little
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Elsa Borrero, The Putney School

Christopher Odegard
Bachelor of Arts
LANGUAGES/Linguistics
PLAN SUMMARY: A research-based examination of the nature of second language acquisition, focusing on the complications associated with adult language learning, specifically of English speakers learning Mandarin.
PROJECT: A comprehensive study of language acquisiton theory.
SPONSORS: Grant Li, Tom Means
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Elka Todeva, SIT Graduate Institute

Brooke Gale O'Donnell
Bachelor of Arts
AMERICAN STUDIES/Literature
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of antebellum literary culture with a focus on the life and work of Nathaniel Hawthorne.
PROJECT: A paper focusing on the expansion of the antebellum literary marketplace with an emphasis on Hawthorne's relationship to critics and to the popular female authors of the day.
SPONSORS: Kathryn Ratcliff, Gloria Biamonte
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Lise Sanders, Hampshire College

Lisa E. Orenstein
Bachelor of Arts
PSYCHOLOGY/Education
PLAN SUMMARY: The review and application of intervention types for school-aged children with AD/HD.
PROJECT: The design of a research proposal that tests the skills approach against other treatment interventions for school-aged children with AD/HD.
SPONSORS: Thomas Toleno, Jonathan Mack
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Dorothy Osterholt, Landmark College

Lindsay Kathleen Christopher O'Rourke
Bachelor of Arts
LITERATURE/Irish Studies/Classics & WRITING
PLAN SUMMARY: A comparative study of James Joyce's Ulysses and the Classical epic.
PROJECT: A paper exploring both the Classical and Irish elements of episodes in Ulysses.
SPONSORS: Heather Clark, Timothy Little, Andrew Singer, Laura Stevenson
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Susan Brown, independent scholar

Pooja Patel
Bachelor of Arts
AMERICAN STUDIES & ECONOMICS & POLITICS
PLAN SUMMARY: An interdisciplinary exploration of the contested relationship between public and private space in the United States, with an emphasis on the contemporary urban environment.
PROJECT: New London, Connecticut, and the Kelo decision: A study of urban redevelopment and property redistribution.
SPONSORS: Kathryn Ratcliff, Meg Mott, James Tober
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Myrna Breitbart, Hampshire College

Timothy Patterson
Bachelor of Arts
THEATER & FILM/VIDEO STUDIES
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of an apocalyptic perspective in contemporary theater and film through the production of three original short films.
PROJECT: The writing, filming and editing of three short films.
SPONSORS: Brenda Foley, Jay Craven
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Kenneth Peck, independent film scholar

André Perez
Bachelor of Arts
AMERICAN STUDIES
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the relationship between political agency and storytelling within the transgender community through the lens of media analysis.
PROJECT: A multi-media exhibit that attempts to portray a history of transgender activism and reframe trans issues as a community struggle.
SPONSORS: Kathryn Ratcliff, John Willis
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Joelle Ryan, University of New Hampshire

Nicolas Graham Petr
Bachelor of Arts
VISUAL ARTS & SOCIOLOGY
PLAN SUMMARY: A cross-disciplinary study of quality, value and accomplishment in everyday life as reflected in fine art.
PROJECT: Painstaking Crudeness and Elaborate Ineptitude: an exhibition of sculpture, painting, and mixed media objects.
SPONSORS: Cathy Osman, Gerald Levy, Timothy Segar
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Lynn Richardson, Keene State College

Julia Rose Langworthy Powers-Boyle
Bachelor of Arts
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES/Forest Ecology
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of the natural world with a focus on the disturbance ecology of New England and Pacific coast forests.
PROJECT: Field research and analysis of the effects of the 2008 ice storm in the woods of Marlboro, Vermont.
SPONSOR: Jennifer Ramstetter
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: R. Matthew Landis, Middlebury College

Erin Elizabeth Riordan
Bachelor of Arts
LITERATURE & WRITING/Environmental Studies
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of environmental perspectives in literature, focusing on contemporary American poetry with supporting work in creative writing and ecology.
PROJECT: Paper on ecological perspectives in contemporary American poetry focusing on Mary Oliver, Gary Snyder and Wendell Berry.
SPONSOR: T. Hunter Wilson
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Jacqueline Gens, New England College

Olivia Danielle Sanders
Bachelor of Arts
PSYCHOLOGY & AMERICAN STUDIES/Gender Studies
PLAN SUMMARY: A psychological and cultural examination of adolescent female development, focusing on how constructions of femininity shape identity formation.
PROJECT: An investigation of adolescent identity formation through an analysis of five Marlboro womens' narratives on their femininity and sexuality.
SPONSORS: Thomas Toleno, Kathryn Ratcliff
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Lauren Duncan, Smith College

Amber Schaefer
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICS
PLAN SUMMARY: The politics of pluralism: an exploration of felony disenfranchisement in the United States and Nepali nation- building.
PROJECT: A paper exploring women's political voices within the Nepali nation-building process.
SPONSOR: Meg Mott
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Ann Armbrecht, Goddard College

Elizabeth Shepherd
Bachelor of Arts
HISTORY
PLAN SUMMARY: A theoretical and practical exploration of the teaching of history in high schools in the United States, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present.
PROJECT: An essay exploring the teaching of history in U.S. high schools, including but not limited to how curriculum is designed and how elements of history are emphasized or ignored.
SPONSORS: Timothy Little, Gerald Levy
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Amy Grillo, Union Institute and University

Michael C. Sotak
Bachelor of Arts
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES/Renewable Energy
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration into the environmental and social challenges that face the public acceptance of renewable energy, with a focus on wind power.
PROJECT: A paper addressing the environmental challenges and benefits of renewable energy.
SPONSORS: Jennifer Ramstetter, Gerald Levy
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: John Kidder, Vermont Technical College

Zorn Sunshine-Carter
Bachelor of Arts
SOCIOLOGY & BIOLOGY
PLAN SUMMARY: The relationship between food, exercise and lifestyle from a sociological and biological perspective.
PROJECT: An ethnographic study of food-focused lifestyles in a small academic community.
SPONSORS: Gerald Levy, Todd Smith
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Willem Brooke-deBock, Kaplan University

Garth Thomas Sutherland
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICS/Political Theory & AMERICAN STUDIES
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of democratic visions within educational theories with a historical case study in progressive education.
PROJECT: A paper analyzing how different educational or political theorists draw pedagogical methods from their visions for radical democracy and social change, including John Dewey, Paulo Freire and bell hooks.
SPONSORS: Meg Mott, Kathryn Ratcliff
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Amy Grillo, Union Institute and University

Evan George Taylor
Bachelor of Arts
SOCIOLOGY
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of United States foreign policy from World War II to the present day.
PROJECT: A study of contemporary U.S. involvement in the Middle East and Central Asia.
SPONSOR: Gerald Levy
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Jon Western, Mount Holyoke College

Georgios Michael Loring Tsangaris
Bachelor of Arts
SOCIOLOGY & AMERICAN STUDIES
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of the historical development of American youthful countercultures informing an ethnographic and photographic portrait of contemporary punk subculture.
PROJECT: An ethnographic study of punk counterculture in contemporary America.
SPONSORS: Gerald Levy, Kathryn Ratcliff, John Willis
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Wilson Valentin-Escobar, Hampshire College

Paul Tarr Vorvick
Bachelor of Arts
THEATER/Sociology
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of live action role playing games in the northeastern United States, with particular focus on the organizational and personal aspects of "LARPing."
PROJECT: An investigation and analysis of live action role playing games, supported by studies of theoretical models drawn from major thinkers in sociology and performance studies.
SPONSORS: Paul Nelsen, Gerald Levy
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Ethan Gilsdorf, independent scholar and writer

Nathaniel Weeks
Bachelor of Arts
MUSIC/Musicology
PLAN SUMMARY: A broad study of music history, with a focus on the evolution of electronic music. A study of music composition and performance combining a wide range of influences including jazz, concert music, musique concrete and electronic music. A study of recording, mixing and mastering both electronic and acoustic instruments.
PROJECT: A research paper on early electronic music with a focus on musique concrete and its influence on the rest of the field.
SPONSOR: Stanley Charkey
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: John Levin, independent scholar and composer

Kelsey Wolcott
Bachelor of Arts
AMERICAN STUDIES/Gender Studies/Painting
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of the self-representation of selected contemporary female artists with an emphasis on how the gendered body is reconfigured in the context of postmodernism and an analytical paper complemented by artwork.
PROJECT: Virtual Selves: Plasticity and Manipulation in the Works of Cindy Sherman and Nikki S. Lee.
SPONSORS: Kathryn Ratcliff, Cathy Osman
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Lise Sanders, Hampshire College

Michaela D. Wood
Bachelor of Arts
DANCE/Artistic and Scientific Approaches
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of body/mind connection in dance movement practices.
PROJECT: A paper exploring the underlying connections between performed contemporary dance and dance/movement therapy.
SPONSORS: Kristin Horrigan, Jaime Tanner
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Megan Frazier, Shriner's Hospital for Children

Gelek Namgyal Yeshi
Bachelor of Arts
PHILOSOPHY/Buddhist Philosophy
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of Buddhist theories of karma.
PROJECT: The first translation into a European language of Chu dang shing gi bstan bcos (Similes of Water and Trees: A Guide to the Buddhist Path), by the 18th century Tibetan scholar Gung thang, together with a commentary and introductory essay.
SPONSOR: William Edelglass
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Eric Nelson, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Annalisa Rose Yoder
Bachelor of Arts
PSYCHOLOGY
PLAN SUMMARY: Use of psychology to evaluate cultural memory and perceived status.
PROJECT: An analysis of the relationship between the cultural memory of the history of colonization in the United States and Mexico and an individual's attitudes toward outside cultures and other members of his/her culture.
SPONSOR: Thomas Toleno
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Kate Jellema, independent scholar

Mengbi Zhou
Bachelor of Arts
HISTORY & ASIAN STUDIES
PLAN SUMMARY: An examination of the changing European attitudes toward "going native" in British India and other British dependencies, as well as the attitudes of the native population toward the changing sentiments.
PROJECT: A paper outlining, from the late-18th century to the 20th, the Far East imperial expansion of the British and the native response.
SPONSORS: Seth Harter, Timothy Little
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Thomas Williams, Green Mountain College

 

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Peter A. Blair
Master of Arts
PHILOSOPHY
Thesis: "Otherwise Than the True: Verification and Responsibility in Late Levinas"
A study of truth, verification and responsibility in Emmanuel Levinas's ethics.
SPONSOR: William Edelglass
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Eric Nelson, University of Massachusetts Lowell

 

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