Marlboro College

News 2011 Plans of Concentration

Kenyon (Rosebud) Acton
Bachelor of Arts
DANCE & SOCIOLOGY
PLAN SUMMARY: A study exploring the relationship of place, performance and social dance.
PROJECT: The design and production of a collaborative performance, integrating the work of students studying choreography and dance, sculpture installation and interactive technology, and music composition and performance.
SPONSORS: Kristin Horrigan, Gerald Levy
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Elizabeth Seyler, arts consultant and visiting faculty at University of Vermont

Kelly Nichole Ahrens
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICS & AMERICAN STUDIES/Disciplinary Studies
PLAN SUMMARY: An examination of retributive and restorative justice models, drawing on political theory, microhistory and fieldwork.
PROJECT: A series of narratives and an analysis reflecting personal experience in retributive justice.
SPONSORS: Meg Mott, Kathryn Ratcliff
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Alan Gaitenby, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Angela Allyn
Bachelor of Arts
AMERICAN STUDIES
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of race, gender and sexuality in the U.S. and Jamaica, drawing on feminist, historical materialist, anthropological and sociological theories and methodologies.
PROJECT: A paper, titled "A Study of Homophobia in Jamaica," on the current anthropological and sociological theories used to examine the roots of homophobia in Jamaica.
SPONSOR: Kathryn Ratcliff
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Karen Honeycutt, Keene State College

Jeffrey James Bouchard
Bachelor of Arts
PSYCHOLOGY/Archetypes
PLAN SUMMARY: An examination of the archetypes of the objective psyche as discussed by C.G. Jung in writings throughout his life, with specific regard to their purpose, function and relationship to the individual and society.
PROJECT: A paper on Jung's theory of archetypes.
SPONSOR: Thomas Toleno
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Thomas Hersh, private psychotherapist

Eric Breeden
Bachelor of Arts
LITERATURE/American Literature & WRITING/Short Fiction
PLAN SUMMARY: A look at the phenomenon of self through the lens of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass.
PROJECT: A creative essay exploring identity in antebellum America through the lens of Walt Whitman's 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass.
SPONSORS: John Sheehy, T. Hunter Wilson
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Martha Ackman, Mount Holyoke College

Morgan Thelesa Broadfoot
Bachelor of Arts
LITERATURE/Journalism & CULTURAL HISTORY
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of narrative strategies in combat journalism and non-fiction accounts of white-water paddlers, with particular attention to the assessment and presentation of risk and to the motivation of participants in such dangerous circumstances.
PROJECT: Comparison of two narratives retelling the 1998 Tsangpo expedition, exploring how the story was told differently based on the author's relationship with the expedition and professional writing.
SPONSORS: T. Hunter Wilson, Dana Howell
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Ethan Gilsdorf, writer

Sari Lynn Brown
Bachelor of Arts
RELIGION & ANTHROPOLOGY
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the role that gender plays in transforming and maintaining religious tradition, and the role that religious experience plays in transcending conventional gender roles.
PROJECT: An ethnographic study of gender, youth and leadership in the Bolivian Methodist Evangelical Church.
SPONSORS: Amer Latif, Carol Hendrickson
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Abigail Adams, Central Connecticut State University

Christopher R. Carlton
Bachelor of Arts
PHILOSOPHY/Literature
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of art, society and conceptuality in Frankfurt School theorists and contemporary poetry.
PROJECT: A study of the unique status of the art object in Adorno's Negative Dialectics.
SPONSOR: William Edelglass
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Eric Sean Nelson, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Rylan Chinnock
Bachelor of Arts
PHILOSOPHY/Religion
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of singularity, teleology and freedom in Hegel, Marx and Kierkegaard.
PROJECT: A critical account of metaphysical and more recent non-metaphysical interpretations of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit.
SPONSOR: William Edelglass
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Nahum Brown, University of Guelph

John Christopher
Bachelor of Arts
FILM/Video Studies & Literature
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the relationships between film and literature, with a focus on the process of adaptation.
PROJECT: A critical paper examining film adaptation of the work of Cormac McCarthy and two screenplays inspired by the BBC's Black Adder comedy series.
SPONSORS: Jay Craven, John Sheehy
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Kenneth Peck, film scholar and public television host

James Evans
Bachelor of Arts
VISUAL ARTS & LITERATURE
PLAN SUMMARY: An examination of inheritance and identity through portrait painting and poetry.
PROJECT: An exhibit of portrait painting focused on exploring the roles inheritance has on the formation of identity.
SPONSORS: Cathy Osman, T. Hunter Wilson
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: John Gibson, Smith College

Emily Elizabeth Fascia
Bachelor of Arts
DANCE & AMERICAN STUDIES
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of dance in relation to social change in the Depression-era United States, complimented by original choreography.
PROJECT: A paper titled "Revolutionary Dancer in the 1930s: The Life Story of Ev Murov."
SPONSORS: Kristin Horrigan, Kathryn Ratcliff
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Paula Aarons, ReGroup Dance

Luca Fernandez
Bachelor of Arts
PHILOSOPHY & PSYCHOLOGY/Psycholinguistics
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of empiricist arguments for, and rationalist arguments against, linguistic relativity in philosophy of language and psycholinguistics.
PROJECT: A paper interpreting the later Wittgenstein as a linguistic relativist with resources for a critique of Chomsky's universalism.
SPONSORS: William Edelglass, Thomas Toleno
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Karsten Stueber, College of the Holy Cross

Sarah Teresa Balentine Ferrari
Bachelor of Arts
PSYCHOLOGY/Middle Eastern Studies
PLAN SUMMARY: A comparative study of the psychological effects of child soldiering in Iran and Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war and an examination of the connection between poverty, child soldiering and resiliency in children.
PROJECT: A paper on the psychological effects of child soldiering during the Iran-Iraq war.
SPONSORS: Thomas Toleno, Adam Franklin-Lyons, Bridget Hynes
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: John Ungerleider, SIT World Learning

Elizabeth Andrea Ferrell
Bachelor of Arts
LITERATURE & AMERICAN STUDIES
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of the short fiction of Flannery O'Connor with an emphasis on religious themes and family dynamics, supported by a historical study of women and family in America during the Cold War era.
PROJECT: A paper concerning gender dynamics in O'Connor's work.
SPONSORS: John Sheehy, Kathryn Ratcliff
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Joanne Hayes, Greenfield Community College

Emily Field
Bachelor of Arts
WRITING & LITERATURE/Children's Literature
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of a writer's responsibilities toward readers.
PROJECT: Two collections of linked children's short stories.
SPONSOR: Laura Stevenson, Gloria Biamonte
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Barbara Seuling, editor and children's book writer

Marguerite Adriana Fields
Bachelor of Arts
WRITING & VISUAL ARTS
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of home, memory and family in memoir, fiction and visual arts.
PROJECT: A collection of nonfiction pieces centering on personal construction of memory.
SPONSORS: John Sheehy, Cathy Osman
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Brian Mooney, writer

Elizabeth Anne Giles
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
DEVELOPMENT STUDIES/African Studies
PLAN SUMMARY: A study in human migration and sociolinguistics with an emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa.
PROJECT: A paper exploring language policy in Ghana in relation to postcolonial political trends.
INTERNSHIP: Ho, Ghana
SPONSOR: Lynette Rummel
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Alvino Fantini, SIT World Learning

Michael Andrew Gleason
Bachelor of Arts
MUSIC/Performance/Jazz History
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of music with a focus on the analysis and performance of jazz.
PROJECT: A paper exploring life and music of Grant Green with an emphasis on analysis of his musical approach.
SPONSOR: Stanley Charkey
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Oren Fader, Manhattan School of Music

Branden F. Grant
Bachelor of Arts
SOCIOLOGY & AMERICAN STUDIES
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of how U.S. foreign policy propaganda obscures the economic dimensions of expansionism.
PROJECT: Two papers and a play exploring the development of U.S. propaganda from the late 19th century through the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
SPONSORS: Gerald Levy, Kathryn Ratcliff
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Brian Donohue-Lynch, Quinebaug Valley Community College

Devin Green
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICS & HISTORY/Writing
PLAN SUMMARY: An attempt to ride the tiger shark of discursive politics, using humor and Foucault's politics of resistance, through the murky ocean of gender past and present.
PROJECT: A paper on Foucault, Habermas and performative political humor.
SPONSORS: Meg Mott, Adam Franklin-Lyons
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Susan Wade, Keene State College

Nicole Trease Hammond
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICS/Cultural Studies
PLAN SUMMARY: A political and cultural exploration of population flow, identity and exchange.
PROJECT: An examination of contemporary Mediterranean identity, the EU-Mediterranean Partnership and migration within the region.
SPONSORS: Lynette Rummel, Meg Mott
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Anna Botta, Smith College

Nathaniel B. Hohl
Bachelor of Arts
THEATER & HISTORY
PLAN SUMMARY: An in-depth study of masculinity and violence using focused historical research and a theatrical performance that showcases both personal narratives of combat as well as cultural perspectives on violence.
PROJECT: A paper detailing the use of combat and violence during three specific time frames.
SPONSORS: Adam Franklin-Lyons, Brenda Foley
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Gary Berte, Springfield College

Elizabeth Marie Hull
Bachelor of Arts
THEATER
PLAN SUMMARY: An in-depth study of the short stories, poems and plays of Tennessee Williams, culminating in a production of three of his one-act plays.
PROJECT: Directing a theater production Pity for the Wild, a showcase of Tennessee Williams' one-act plays and poems.
SPONSOR: Brenda Foley
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Annemarie Bean, independent scholar

Damaris Elizabeth Jacques
Bachelor of Arts
ECONOMICS & SOCIOLOGY
PLAN SUMMARY: An interdisciplinary study of the modern American economy, focusing on the causes and consequences of corporate outsourcing and offshoring.
PROJECT: A paper examining the economics of corporate outsourcing and offshoring in post-WWII America.
SPONSORS: James Tober, Gerald Levy
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Valerie Voorheis, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Jonathan Biko Mandela Jones
Bachelor of Arts
PHOTOGRAPHY/Writing
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of themes of grief, loss and resiliency conducted through photography, creative writing and literary analysis.
PROJECT: An exhibit of photography exploring the beauty of the mundane in the wake of tragedy.
SPONSORS: John Willis, John Sheehy
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Jim Dow, Tufts University and School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Courtney Frances Kansler
Bachelor of Arts
PSYCHOLOGY & RELIGION
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of madness and trauma with a focus on combat veterans and post-traumatic stress using psychological and religious perspectives.
PROJECT: A body of work comprising research, interviews and theory concerning U.S. military combat veterans, their experiences with post-traumatic stress and madness, and their place within society.
SPONSORS: Thomas Toleno, Amer Latif
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Shane Hammond, Greenfield Community College

Dilyara Khasianova
Bachelor of Arts
SOCIOLOGY & AMERICAN STUDIES/Sculpture
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of how states, groups and individuals negotiate issues of migration, rights and belonging, with a theoretical, historical and ethnographic emphasis on statelessness and transnationalism.
PROJECT: A theoretical-historical paper on statelessness and interconnections with transnationalism.
SPONSORS: Gerald Levy, Kathryn Ratcliff, Timothy Segar
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Diana Yoon, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Emily Kimble
Bachelor of Arts
LITERATURE & CLASSICS/Translation
PLAN SUMMARY: An examination of narrative tensions in works by James Joyce and Salman Rushdie, informed by the study of translation.
PROJECT: Two papers: one discussing the "Ithaca" chapter of Joyce's Ulysses and one discussing tensions between myth, fact and memory in Rushdie's The Ground Beneath Her Feet.
SPONSORS: Heather Clark, Gloria Biamonte, William Guast
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: James Pethica, Williams College

Jason Lee Knopp
Bachelor of Arts
FILM
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of the technique and influence of Alfred Hitchcock.
PROJECT: A paper outlining the extensive impact of Alfred Hitchcock's work on the world of film.
SPONSOR: Jay Craven
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Kenneth Peck, film scholar and public television host

Alexander Fox Kosieradzki
Bachelor of Arts
VISUAL ARTS
PLAN SUMMARY: A study in visual art and art history exploring the relationship between experience, communication and community.
PROJECT: A series of gallery-based and site-specific artworks exploring relationships between internal and external experience.
SPONSOR: Timothy Segar
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Jeffrey Stuker, Yale University

David S. Kozin
Bachelor of Arts
PSYCHOLOGY/Neurophysiology
PLAN SUMMARY: An examination of the methods used in creating a valid and reliable psychiatric diagnosis.
PROJECT: A paper titled "Review of Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder."
SPONSORS: Thomas Toleno, Todd Smith
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Henry David Abraham, Tufts University School of Medicine

Karim Yousef Lahlou
Bachelor of Arts
PSYCHOLOGY & LITERATURE
PLAN SUMMARY: An investigative look at the signification of dreams through dramatic and colonial literature in conjunction with a Freudian interpretation.
PROJECT: A paper on Freudian dream psychology.
SPONSORS: Thomas Toleno, Geraldine Pittman de Batlle
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Christopher Lovell, Union Institute and University

Nick Legowski
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICS/Political Theory
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the relationship between identity and things.
PROJECT: An essay exploring the usefulness of the event as it relates to identity.
SPONSORS: Meg Mott, William Edelglass
OUTSIDE EVALUATORS: Thomas Dumm, Amherst College

Christopher Wade Little
Bachelor of Arts
LANGUAGES/Spanish and Iberian Studies
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of language politics in modern Spain with an emphasis on the state of linguistic diversity and preservation in the post-Franco era.
PROJECT: A paper examining language policy in Spain by focusing on emergent nationalistic ambitions in Spain's autonomous communities, as well as a critical analysis of current policy debates.
SPONSOR: Rosario de Swanson, Adam Franklin-Lyons
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Alvino Fantini, SIT World Learning

Katheryn Lloyd
Bachelor of Arts
FILM/VIDEO STUDIES & CLASSICS/Ancient Greek
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of Homer's epic, The Odyssey, in film, a paper and translation.
PROJECT: An original screenplay and film exploring the characterization of Penelope, from The Odyssey, in a modern day context.
SPONSORS: Jay Craven, William Guast
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Kenneth Peck, film scholar and public television host

Rebecca Mallary
Bachelor of Arts
WRITING & HISTORY
PLAN SUMMARY: A young-adult novel with supporting papers in history and young-adult fantasy literature with specific focus on female agency and post-1960s feminist heroines.
PROJECT: A young-adult fantasy novel featuring strong female characters.
SPONSORS: Laura Stevenson, Timothy Little, John Sheehy
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Marissa Doyle, author

Paige Elizabeth Martin
Bachelor of Arts
VISUAL ARTS/Languages
PLAN SUMMARY: A study and experimentation of hand-bound book structures and children's book illustration, supported by a paper on foreign language education.
PROJECT: A portfolio of hand-bound books, fictional writing and accompanying illustrations with a focus on French language acquisition.
SPONSORS: Cathy Osman, Michael Huffmaster
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Ken Leslie, Johnson State College

Paige L. Martin
Bachelor of Arts
AMERICAN STUDIES & ECONOMICS/Labor Studies
PLAN SUMMARY: An interdisciplinary examination of labor history and labor economics in the United States from 1890 to the present.
PROJECT: A study of the history of labor economics with an emphasis on the evolution of institutionalist and neoclassical perspectives.
SPONSORS: Kathryn Ratcliff, James Tober
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Bruce Laurie, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Connor H. McGrath
Bachelor of Arts
THEATER & FILM/VIDEO STUDIES/Writing
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of depictions of comedians or comic figures as tragic in film and theater.
PROJECT: Writing and directing an original 50-60 minute play.
SPONSORS: Brenda Foley, Jay Craven
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Kenneth Peck, film scholar and public television host

Geraldine M. Medina
Bachelor of Arts
ANTHROPOLOGY/Linguistic Anthropology
PLAN SUMMARY: A broad focus on issues of language identity in immigrant communities.
PROJECT: A paper on bilingualism, code-switching and other linguistic issues within a Latino community.
SPONSOR: Carol Hendrickson
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Maria Elena Cepeda, Williams College

Emily Magistro Mente
Bachelor of Arts
LIBERAL STUDIES/Gender Studies
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the connections between femininity, feminism and female friendship, drawing on the fields of history, political theory and media studies.
PROJECT: Feminism and femininity in the life and work of Simone de Beauvoir.
SPONSORS: Kathryn Ratcliff, Meg Mott
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Gail Griffin, Kalamazoo College

Michael Mirer
Bachelor of Arts
LITERATURE & PHILOSOPHY
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of identity, metaphor and judgment in modernist literature and philosophy.
PROJECT: An examination of Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse, focusing on identity and the pressures of social mores.
SPONSORS: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle, William Edelglass, John Sheehy
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Jules Chametzky, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Sophie Claire Mueller
Bachelor of Arts
VISUAL ARTS & RELIGION
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of movement through decorative pattern, repetition and motif in printmaking and ceramics, supported by a paper on pilgrimage as articulated in religious traditions.
PROJECT: A body of works on paper inspired by decorative pattern, repetition and motif in printmaking.
SPONSORS: Cathy Osman, Martina Lantin, Amer Latif
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Nancy Friese, Rhode Island School of Design

Nahum H. Ochoa
Bachelor of Arts
AMERICAN STUDIES & HISTORY/Food Studies
PLAN SUMMARY: An examination of how immigration, class, race and gender have affected the meatpacking industry in the United States from the late 19th century to the present day.
PROJECT: A history paper examining labor in meatpacking from the late 19th century to the 1960s.
SPONSORS: Kathryn Ratcliff, Adam Franklin-Lyons
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Bruce Laurie, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Alice Jensina Packard
Bachelor of Arts
LIBERAL STUDIES/Media Studies, Screenwriting, Photography
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the coming of age theme in American media, supported by an exhibition of original photography and a television screenplay.
PROJECT: An exhibition of original photography in the Drury Gallery.
SPONSORS: John Sheehy, Kathryn Ratcliff, John Willis
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Joanne Hayes, Greenfield Community College

Zachary Parker Pearson
Bachelor of Arts
MUSIC
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of music and musicianship skills with a focus on the performance of contemporary acoustic jazz.
PROJECT: An acoustic jazz concert.
SPONSOR: Stanley Charkey
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Oren Fader, Manhattan School of Music

Tristan E. Pease
Bachelor of Arts
VISUAL ARTS/Photography & ART HISTORY
PLAN SUMMARY: A photographic and written investigation of disconnected histories and the chasms between lives.
PROJECT: An art history essay contextualizing the works of two "revolutionary" French architects.
SPONSORS: John Willis, Erin Benay
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Joan O'Beirne, Greenfield Community College

Kelly Rebecca Mary Pierce-Bulger
Bachelor of Arts
CULTURAL HISTORY & RELIGION/Islam
PLAN SUMMARY: An investigation of Palestinian women's roles in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how women are interpreted in the foundational texts of Islam.
PROJECT: A paper on Palestinian women in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
SPONSORS: Dana Howell, Amer Latif, Timothy Little
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Diana Abouali, Dartmouth College

Christine Raudonis
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES/Ecology and Policy & LANGUAGES/Spanish
PLAN SUMMARY: An interdisciplinary study of social issues, environmental conflicts and social protest surrounding natural resource development in Latin America, with a focus on mining.
PROJECT: A research paper on the social and environmental effects of open pit mining in Latin America.
INTERNSHIP: La Plata, Argentina
SPONSORS: Jennifer Ramstetter, Rosario de Swanson, James Tober
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Sonja Pieck, Bates College

Heather Anne-Haston Reed
Bachelor of Arts
FILM/VIDEO STUDIES/Dance Film
PLAN SUMMARY: An interdisciplinary study of movement, design and cinema.
PROJECT: An original film using dance to convey narrative.
SPONSORS: Jay Craven, Kristin Horrigan
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Helene Lesterlin, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Ursula Roessiger
Bachelor of Arts
PHILOSOPHY
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of the Enlightenment and its critics from Kant to Habermas.
PROJECT: A study of the Enlightenment and its critics, focusing on Kant, Hegel, Horkheimer and Adorno, Foucault and Habermas.
SPONSOR: William Edelglass
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Amy Allen, Dartmouth College

Daniel Rose
Bachelor of Arts
PHILOSOPHY & POLITICS
PLAN SUMMARY: An inquiry into the origins, nature and epistemic status of value judgments, focusing on the works and thought of Friedrich Nietzsche.
PROJECT: A Nietzschean inquiry into the issue of whether value judgements can be emended through rational discourse.
SPONSOR: Meg Mott
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Nicholas Tampio, Fordham University

Sarah Santos
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICS & ECONOMICS/Development
PLAN SUMMARY: An interdisciplinary study of political and economic development in Latin America.
PROJECT: A study of the Landless Rural Workers' Movement in Brazil and the ethics, politics and economics of land redistribution.
SPONSORS: Meg Mott, James Tober
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Thomas Redden, Southern Vermont College

Sarah Amelia Horan Scheff
Bachelor of Arts
WRITING & SOCIOLOGY/Psychology
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of violence in adolescence and how it affects the transition into adulthood.
PROJECT: A paper that explores violence in schools in its social, pedagogical and personal dimensions.
SPONSORS: John Sheehy, Gerald Levy
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Christopher Lovell, Union Institute and University

Theodosia Rae Schneider
Bachelor of Science
BIOLOGY
PLAN SUMMARY: An analysis of the exercise physiology and biomechanics of sled dogs and a historical narrative of dog sledding culture.
PROJECT: An analysis of the exercise physiology and biomechanics of sled dogs.
SPONSORS: Jaime Tanner, Carol Hendrickson
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Ronald Svec, veterinarian

Anna Knecht Schwarzer
Bachelor of Arts
LIBERAL STUDIES/Feminist Studies and Visual Arts
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of women, absence and subversion through the lens of political theory and feminist art.
PROJECT: A paper looking at Foucault and Woolf's different conceptions of self-discipline as it relates to women and absence.
SPONSORS: Meg Mott, Brenda Foley, John Willis
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Gail Griffin, Kalamazoo College

Richard Taylor Scruggs
Bachelor of Arts
COMPUTER SCIENCE/Education
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of undergraduate computer science practice and education.
PROJECT: One paper on computer science curriculum and one on applications of educational theory to computer science pedagogy.
SPONSOR: Jim Mahoney
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Sue Castriotta, Keene State College

Alexandra Spohrer
Bachelor of Arts
THEATER
PLAN SUMMARY: An examination of the aspects of cultural semiotics in clothing and the interpretive/expressive functions of costume in performance.
PROJECT: A view book, annotated with critical notes, costume sketches and commentary exploring artistic aims and cultural iconography of costuming employed by designers of selected productions for stage and screen, accompanied by a collection of hand-sewn costume designs that relate to the ideas in the view book.
SPONSORS: Paul Nelsen, Dana Howell
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Edward Isser, College of the Holy Cross

Ruth Audrey Stark
Bachelor of Arts
MUSIC & ART HISTORY
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of 17th-century Dutch music and visual arts focusing on the themes of domesticity and exoticism in still-life painting, and the relationship between visual depictions of musicians and contemporary musical practice.
PROJECT: A paper discussing the role of music in 17th-century Dutch society and how their musical practice relates to depictions of musicians in the visual arts.
SPONSORS: Stanley Charkey, Erin Benay
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Walter Denny, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Jessica Stern
Bachelor of Arts
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES/Ecology and Ethnobiology
PLAN SUMMARY: A broad exploration in environmental studies with an emphasis on ecological and ethnobotanical dimensions in neotropical communities.
PROJECT: Field research culminating in a paper on traditional ecological knowledge and medicinal plant knowledge of the Naso people of Bocas del Toro, Panama.
SPONSORS: Jennifer Ramstetter, Jaime Tanner
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Kristen Porter-Utley, Keene State College

Ryan Eric Stratton
Bachelor of Arts
LITERATURE & PHOTOGRAPHY
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of process and progress in the works of Dante and James Joyce and through original photographic work.
PROJECT: A paper on the transformative quality of seeing and reading well in Dante's Divine Comedy.
SPONSORS: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle, John Willis
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Jon Gitelson, Keene State College

Michael Allen Thompson
Bachelor of Arts
PHILOSOPHY
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of the cultivation of freedom, singularity and ethics in Kierkegaard and Nietzsche.
PROJECT: A study of the trajectories of spiritual growth in the works of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche.
SPONSOR: William Edelglass
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Claudine Davidshofer, Emory University

Eric Toldi
Bachelor of Arts
HISTORY/History of Science
PLAN SUMMARY: A historical account of the space era, including a focus on the space race within the Cold War and the rise of the rocketeers.
PROJECT: Space Race: A general history of the formation and execution of space ventures from Tsiolkovsky to Apollo.
SPONSOR: Adam Franklin-Lyons
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Larry Owens, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Sarah Elizabeth Verbil
Bachelor of Arts
RELIGION & ASIAN STUDIES & DANCE
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of the body through an examination of the language used to describe it in the Torah, Quran and Japanese culture, as well as a dance performance exploring body perception.
PROJECT: A set of papers exploring the language used to describe the body in the Quran and Torah.
SPONSORS: Amer Latif, Seth Harter, Kristin Horrigan
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Michael Pittman, Albany College of Pharmacy

John Whelan
Bachelor of Arts
ECONOMICS & VISUAL ARTS
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of economics with a focus on the creative economy and guitar production in the United States, in historical context, featuring case studies of local independent craftspeople and an exhibition of carved wood sculpture.
PROJECT: A set of papers on the Arts & Crafts Movement and its American revival, on the organization of production and the role of technology in the U.S. guitar industry, and on the place of craft production in the creative economy.
SPONSORS: James Tober, Timothy Segar
OUTSIDE EVALUATORS: Michelle and David Holzapfel, independent artists

Amanda Marie Whiting
Bachelor of Arts
CLASSICS/Ancient Pastoral Poetry & LITERATURE
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the birth of pastoral poetry and pastoral themes through the study of the Idylls of Theocritus, the Eclogues of Virgil and the poetry of William Butler Yeats.
PROJECT: A series of essays examining the evolution of pastoral themes in classical authors and their modern reception into the poetry of William Butler Yeats.
SPONSORS: Timothy Little, William Guast
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Sarah Nix, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Rebecca Williams
Bachelor of Arts
MUSIC
PLAN SUMMARY: A study in tonal music and composition, as practiced in the 18th century, with an emphasis on the keyboard works of J.S. Bach.
PROJECT: A paper analyzing and discussing the two-part inventions of J.S. Bach, culminating in a series of original two-part inventions in Bach's style.
SPONSOR: Stanley Charkey
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Hugh Keelan, Brattleboro Music Center

Devin Taylor Willmott
Bachelor of Arts
MATHEMATICS
PLAN SUMMARY: A broad study of mathematics with a focus on group theory and combinatorial problems within groups.
PROJECT: A paper titled "Open Problems in Combinatorics," reporting original research in combinatorics in group theory.
SPONSOR: Matthew Ollis
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: David Kelly, Hampshire College

 

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