Marlboro College

News 2012 Plans of Concentration

Eva Baisan  
Bachelor of Arts
LANGUAGES/Latin American Studies
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of undocumented Latin American migrants in the United States through a variety of lenses including history, policy, discourse and visual culture.
PROJECT: An essay in Spanish on the development of the contemporary perspective towards Mexican migrants in the United States.
SPONSORS: Rosario de Swanson, Carol Hendrickson
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Henry Geddes, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Ronnie Ben-Ami  
Bachelor of Arts
ART HISTORY & LITERATURE
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the struggles with identity through an examination of Michelangelo and Caravaggio, an analysis of two 20th-century novels and an original collection of paintings.
PROJECT: Two papers, each considering artistic identity and mythology, one on Michelangelo and the other on Caravaggio.
SPONSORS: Felicity Ratté, Gloria Biamonte
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Patricia Anne Emison, University of New Hampshire

Trevor Atkinson Bowen
Bachelor of Arts
PHYSICS
PLAN SUMMARY: An inquiry into modern and classical physics focusing on theoretical foundations, mathematical and computational principles, and the process of scientific research.
PROJECT: A paper presenting original research on solar flare phenomena and the relevant background theory.
SPONSOR: Sara Salimbeni
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Kathy Reeves, Harvard Center for Astrophysics

Michael Brigham
Bachelor of Arts
CULTURAL HISTORY/Performance Studies
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of performance techniques, with studies in oral tradition, sociolinguistics and social interaction.
Project: An investigation of performances of emotion within social interaction.
SPONSORS: Dana Howell, Carol Hendrickson
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Michael Huffmaster, visiting professor, Marlboro College

Christine Brown
Bachelor of Arts
VISUAL ARTS/History and Education
PLAN SUMMARY: An investigation into agency and the personal process of education through the lenses of visual art and history.
PROJECT: A body of sculptural work which develops the notion of a constructed self.
SPONSORS: Timothy Segar, John Willis
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Jeffrey Stuker, Yale University 

Marielle Elizabeth Clark
Bachelor of Arts
ART HISTORY/Dutch Baroque
PLAN SUMMARY: An investigation of the issues concerning domestic life during the Dutch Golden Age through a focused analysis of the interiors painted by Johannes Vermeer and a study of the dollhouses produced during the same period.
PROJECT: A paper focusing on Delft and the Dutch Republic circa 1650 examining the inter-relationship between the ideas of domesticity and the art of Johannes Vermeer.
SPONSOR: Felicity Ratté
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Natasha Seaman, University of Rhode Island

Max Cliggott-Perlt
Bachelor of Arts
MATHEMATICS & HISTORY
PLAN SUMMARY: A mathematical and historical investigation of issues concerning urban fire departments.
PROJECT: A mathematical and statistical analysis of fire department data.
SPONSORS: Matthew Ollis, Adam Franklin-Lyons
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Gerald Friedman, University of Massachusetts Amherst 

Nick Collura
Bachelor of Arts
PSYCHOLOGY
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the history of psychoanalysis, narcissism and the critiques of Freud.
PROJECT: A psychobiographical account of how 20th-century psychoanalysts responded to Freud.
SPONSOR: Thomas Toleno
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: David Johnson, Greenfield Community College, emeritus 

Lillian de Vrijer
Bachelor of Arts
PSYCHOLOGY & RELIGION
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the impact of Christianity on adolescent identity development in present day United States.
PROJECT: An exploration of the role Christianity played in U.S. history and how, in turn, it impacts adolescent identity development in present day United States.
SPONSORS: Thomas Toleno, Amer Latif, John Sheehy
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Linda Whiton, Greenfield Community College 

Ian DeLairre
Bachelor of Arts
PHILOSOPHY & PSYCHOLOGY/Psychoanalytic Theory
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of Hegel’s influence on Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, with a focus on subjectivity and the foundations of knowledge.
PROJECT: An essay exploring Lacan’s Hegelianism and psychoanalytic epistemology.
SPONSORS: William Edelglass, Thomas Toleno
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Charles Shepherdson, State University of New York–Albany 

Ethan Wolfe Hodges Denny
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICS
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of the relationship of singularity to socially constructed reality using political theory and dance.
PROJECT: An investigation of the relationship of spaces of uncertainty and otherness to political creativity and freedom, drawing particularly on the works of Foucault and personal narrative.
SPONSORS: Meg Mott, Kristin Horrigan
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Bridget Hynes, independent consultant 

Jonathan Donnell
Bachelor of Arts
FILM/VIDEO STUDIES/Writing
PLAN SUMMARY: An analysis and interpretation of the reasons behind remaking certain films, and what characteristics make some films better candidates than others.
PROJECT: A paper reviewing and analyzing the characteristics and reasons behind “the remake.”
SPONSORS: Jay Craven, John Sheehy
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Bill Phillips, Dartmouth College

Lauren Dushay
Bachelor of Arts
PSYCHOLOGY/Queer Studies
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of the connection between the psychology of mentors and mentoring, and the development of a queer identity and the coming out process.
PROJECT: An examination of how having a mentor affects coming out.
SPONSOR: Thomas Toleno
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Jonathan Mack, State University of New York–Old Westbury, emeritus  

Mara Eagle
Bachelor of Arts
VISUAL ARTS & ART HISTORY
PLAN SUMMARY: A study in visual art and art history exploring the interactions between medium, form and content.
PROJECT: A study of drawing and its intersection with digital reproduction and painting.
SPONSORS: Cathy Osman,Timothy Segar, Felicity Ratté
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Mary Lum, Bennington College 

Aaron Evan-Browning
Bachelor of Arts
SCULPTURE & COMPUTER SCIENCE
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of making interactive objects using the vocabularies of sculpture and computer science.
PROJECT: A gallery show of works drawing from artistic and technical vocabularies to create interactive, multi-media objects.
SPONSORS: Timothy Segar, Jim Mahoney
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Laura Frank, owner LuminousFX  

William Finkel
Bachelor of Arts
AMERICAN STUDIES/Curatorial Studies/Ceramics
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of aspects of the American Civil War and local history through intellect, emotion, art and memory.
PROJECT: An essay analyzing the problems related to famine in the Confederacy.
SPONSORS: Kathryn Ratcliff, Adam Franklin-Lyons
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Robert Bonner, Dartmouth College 

Casey Katriel Roth Friedman
Bachelor of Arts
ECONOMICS & POLITICS/International Relations
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of the United Nations food agencies, their institutional structure and their efforts to reduce global hunger.
PROJECT: An analysis of the implications of the U.N. food agencies’ institutional structure for their effectiveness.
SPONSORS: James Tober, Lynette Rummel
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Lynn Salinger, senior economist and vice president, Associates for International Resources and Development 

Errin Gaulin
Bachelor of Arts
PSYCHOLOGY/Writing
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the process of identity formation throughout the lifespan, in addition to a collection of free verse poetry exploring this process.
PROJECT: A paper exploring the process and function of self actualization and a paper exploring existential crisis.
SPONSORS: Thomas Toleno, T. Hunter Wilson
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Linda Whiton, Greenfield Community College 

Rebecca Gildea 
Bachelor of Arts
MUSIC/Voice Performance and Musicology
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the development of the concept of “folk” in Germany in the early 19th century with its associations with nationalism and its implications in art music.
PROJECT: A paper and bibliography on the development of the concept of “folk” in Germany in the early 19th century, and its manifestation in music.
SPONSOR: Stanley Charkey
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Jane Bryden, Smith College 

Emma Goldhammer
Bachelor of Arts
LITERATURE/Russian Literature & PHILOSOPHY
PLAN SUMMARY: A multidisciplinary reading of major works of Nikolai Gogol and Leo Tolstoy, incorporating cultural history and literary theory.
PROJECT: A paper on Nikolai Gogol’s Dead Souls, focusing on the simultaneous presence and absence of the figure of the peasant in the novel.
SPONSORS: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle, William Edelglass, Dana Howell
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Polina Barskova, Hampshire College 

Ariel Marie Harrist
Bachelor of Arts
DANCE & LITERATURE/Poetry
PLAN SUMMARY: An investigation of how the performance of words and actions can shake both performers and viewers into the present moment and awaken kinesthetic experience.
PROJECT: A body of choreographic work and performance exploring how to be honest, vigorous and present human beings onstage.
SPONSORS: Kristin Horrigan, T. Hunter Wilson
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Adele Myers, Connecticut College

Samantha Maren Hohl
Bachelor of Arts
THEATER/Sociology
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the silence within trauma and its relationship to change through a multimedia performance piece and research conducted in Uganda and Rwanda.
PROJECT: An original multimedia performance representing the silence within trauma through video interviews with an Afghanistan veteran and a 1994 Rwandan genocide survivor.
SPONSORS: Brenda Foley, Richard Glejzer
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Ain Gordon, playwright 

Dan Hunderfund
Bachelor of Arts
SOCIOLOGY
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of the ways in which people mediate the conditions of different kinds of work with a focus on activism and academic and scientific work.
PROJECT: The relationship between personal identity, academic work and political activism.
SPONSOR: Gerald Levy
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Nahum Brown, University of Guelph  

Eric Joyce
Bachelor of Arts
VISUAL ARTS/Photography & PHILOSOPHY
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of landscape and autonomy in the theory and practice of artistic production.
PROJECT: A photographic study of culture through landscape presented as an exhibition.
SPONSORS: John Willis, William Edelglass
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Humberto Ramirez, Vermont College of Fine Arts 

Kurtis Kimball
Bachelor of Arts
PHOTOGRAPHY
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the locality of North Adams, Massachusetts, expressed in photographic work and formal written prose.
PROJECT: A gallery showing of photographs featuring images made in North Adams, Massachusetts, as well as from personal life.
SPONSOR: John Willis
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Jonathan Gitelson, Keene State College 

Samuel King
Bachelor of Arts
HISTORY & POLITICS
PLAN SUMMARY: An investigation of utopian idealism in a historical and political context.
PROJECT: An investigation of utopian thinking from Thomas More onward in the creation of modernity.
SPONSORS: Adam Franklin-Lyons, Meg Mott
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Penny Gill, Mount Holyoke College 

Dylan Knaggs
Bachelor of Arts
MATHEMATICS/Statistics & POLITICS
PLAN SUMMARY: A broad study in math and politics with emphasis on statistical methods and their relevance to human rights.
PROJECT: Pushing the boundaries: an exposition of some new statistical methods for human rights data collection.
SPONSORS: Matthew Ollis, Lynette Rummel
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: James Levinson, Tufts University 

Christos Kompogiorgas
Bachelor of Arts
PSYCHOLOGY & PHILOSOPHY
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, with an emphasis on desire, law and truth.
PROJECT: A series of introductory lectures presenting a Lacanian account of the relationship between desire and law.
SPONSORS: Thomas Toleno, William Edelglass
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Charles Sheperdson, State University of New York–Albany 

Mercedes Lake
Bachelor of Arts
AMERICAN STUDIES/Theater
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of apocalyptic imagery and ideology in American culture with an emphasis on domestic militarization in the Cold War.
PROJECT: A paper examining the centrality of the private family in Federal Civil Defense propaganda.
SPONSORS: Kathryn Ratcliff, Brenda Foley
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Lise Sanders Shapiro, Hampshire College 

Michael Landon
Bachelor of Arts
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES/Energy Policy & PHOTOGRAPHY
PLAN SUMMARY: An interdisciplinary study and photographic representation of energy systems, with an emphasis on power generation and consumption.
PROJECT: A paper on the U.S. electricity grid, its structure, performance and reform.
SPONSORS: James Tober, John Willis
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Steven Letendre, Green Mountain College 

Sarah Grace Leathrum
Bachelor of Arts
THEATER/Political Theory
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of suicide and grief through an original production and through an analysis of the disciplinary apparatus.
PROJECT: An original play and production exploring grief and trauma following the loss of a family member.
SPONSORS: Brenda Foley, Meg Mott
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Christine Evans, Harvard University 

Ben M. Lieberson
Bachelor of Arts
VISUAL ARTS/Photography and Sculpture
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of constructed and artificial environments in photography, installation art and live performance.
PROJECT: An exhibit of photographs of constructed spaces, using studio lighting and a variety of different photographic techniques.
SPONSORS: John Willis,Timothy Segar
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Jen Morris, Landmark College 

Ian Alexander Mahoney
Bachelor of Arts
LIBERAL STUDIES/Game Studies
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the field of Game Studies with a particular focus on the design of games, their uses and their structures.
PROJECT: A paper on games as simulations of economic, military and political systems.
SPONSORS: Matthew Ollis, Adam Franklin-Lyons, James Tober
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Anthony Racano, RacNRoll Gaming 

Annie Malamet
Bachelor of Arts
ART HISTORY/Visual Arts
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of empowerment through a study of the paintings of Sofonisba Anguissola and an exhibit of video art using martyr iconography to investigate similar themes of self possession.
PROJECT: A paper examining Sofonisba Anguissola’s self-portraits and their relationship to hagiography.
SPONSORS: Felicity Ratté, Timothy Segar
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Nicola Courtright, Amherst College 

Ian McCamant
Bachelor of Arts
PHILOSOPHY & FILM/VIDEO STUDIES
PLAN SUMMARY: A moral inquiry into jouissance, violence and the subject in “New Extremism” cinema, informed by contemporary continental philosophy and psychoanalysis.
PROJECT: A paper responding to moral arguments against horror cinema, drawing on philosophy, anthropology and psychoanalysis.
SPONSOR: William Edelglass
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Hilary Neroni, University of Vermont 

Deborah Meadows
Bachelor of Arts
LITERATURE
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of storytelling and narrative strategies.
PROJECT: A paper on storytelling in Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient.
SPONSORS: John Sheehy, Gloria Biamonte, Richard Glejzer
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Joanne Hayes, Greenfield Community College 

Daniel Moore
Bachelor of Arts
PSYCHOLOGY & PHILOSOPHY
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of politics, psychoanalysis and subjectivity, drawing on Heidegger, Lacan and Foucault.
PROJECT: A study of the foundations of psychoanalytic knowledge in Lacan’s therapeutic practice and theoretical work.
SPONSORS: William Edelglass, Tom Toleno
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Charles Sheperdson, State University of New York–Albany 

Joanna Margaret Moyer-Battick
Bachelor of Arts
PHOTOGRAPHY/Anthropology
PLAN SUMMARY: A personal study of gender identity in the private sphere through photographic imagery and writing.
PROJECT: An exhibition of images that consider female life in the private sphere.
SPONSORS: John Willis, Carol Hendrickson
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Heather Diack, Keene State College 

Jonathan Notwick
Bachelor of Arts
VISUAL ARTS/Writing
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the theory and practice of narrative photography, incorporating a personal documentary of Levittown, Pennsylvania, as the model suburban community.
PROJECT: A study of of Levittown, through personal narrative and documentary methods presented as a book and as an exhibit combining photographs, ephemera and creative non-fiction writing.
SPONSORS: John Willis, John Sheehy
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Jen Morris, Landmark College 

Jillian O’Connell
Bachelor of Arts
VISUAL ARTS & PHILOSOPHY
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the relationship between art and social justice in theory and practical application.
PROJECT: Works on paper, including intaglio and woodcut, concerned with issues of social parity.
SPONSORS: Cathy Osman, William Edelglass
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Nathan Margalit, Mount Holyoke College 

Zachary Christian Moran Parks
Bachelor of Arts
VISUAL ARTS & PHILOSOPHY
PLAN SUMMARY: A visual and philosophical examination of the relationship between machines, technology and art.
PROJECT: A gallery show of kinetic sculpture exploring mechanics, actions and relationships.
SPONSORS: Timothy Segar, William Edelglass
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: David Lang, independent artist 

Alison C. Presswood
Bachelor of Arts
LANGUAGES/Linguistics
PLAN SUMMARY: A comparative study of music and language as distinct communicative systems aimed at discovering the fundamental characteristics of human meaning-making practices.
PROJECT: An analysis of the application of linguistics to music.
SPONSORS: Grant Li, Michael Huffmaster
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Louis Chi-Ming Liu, Harvard University 

Megan Reed
Bachelor of Arts
LANGUAGES/Linguistics
PLAN SUMMARY: A focus on the distributed morphology model in current morphosyntactic theory by looking at works of those in the forefront of the field today.
PROJECT: A critique on Daniel Siddiqi’s theory of morphology from a Chomskian viewpoint within distributed morphology.
SPONSOR: Grant Li
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Louis Chi-Ming Liu, Harvard University 

Trevor Theodore Rickenbrode   
Bachelor of Arts
WRITING & LITERATURE
PLAN SUMMARY: A meditation in three parts on memory, loss and suicide, including papers on William Faulkner and Marcel Proust and a collection of original fiction and poetry.
PROJECT: A paper exploring Faulkner’s evocation of a universal sense of loss and the possibility of meaning, focusing on the character Quentin Compson.
SPONSORS: John Sheehy, T. Hunter Wilson
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Martha Ackman, Mount Holyoke College 

Eleanor Roark
Bachelor of Arts
LITERATURE/Poetry & MUSIC
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration through composition, performance and critical analysis of the relationships between music and poetry.
PROJECT: An original song cycle of poems by Robert Frost.
SPONSORS: T. Hunter Wilson, Matan Rubinstein
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Martha Ackman, Mount Holyoke College 

Austin Rose
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICS/Sociology
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the production of subjectivity as resistance.
PROJECT: A paper exploring Spinoza’s dynamic of power.
SPONSORS: Meg Mott, Gerald Levy
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Jason Michael Adams, Williams College 

Jack Rossiter-Munley
Bachelor of Arts
CULTURAL HISTORY/Cultural Studies & POLITICS/International Relations
PLAN SUMMARY: An examination of how 9/11 shaped the cultural and political landscape of the past decade, with field work and supporting theoretical papers.
PROJECT: A study of public perceptions of 9/11 drawing on field work and critical scholarship.
SPONSORS: Dana Howell, Lynette Rummel
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Kevin Rozario, Smith College 

Nicholas Rouke   
Bachelor of Arts
VISUAL ARTS/Theater
PLAN SUMMARY: An examination of change, loss and absence in photography.
PROJECT: An exhibit of photographic work looking at time, loss and absence.
SPONSORS: John Willis, Timothy Segar
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Tom Young, Massachusetts College of Art  

Gina Ruth
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICS & BIOLOGY/Women’s Health
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of the politics of women’s bodies.
PROJECT: An analysis of western intervention in ritual female genital cutting in Kenya.
SPONSORS: Lynette Rummel, Jaime Tanner
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Bridget Hynes, independent consultant 

Ashley Sabine
Bachelor of Arts
SOCIOLOGY & PSYCHOLOGY
PLAN SUMMARY: A theoretical exploration of the relationship between the individual and society from a sociological and psychoanalytical perspective with a focus on poverty.
PROJECT: Exploring the relationship between the individual and environment from a sociological perspective.
SPONSORS: Gerald Levy, Thomas Toleno
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: C. J. Churchill, Thomas Aquinas College 

Anne Saunders
Bachelor of Arts
PHILOSOPHY & LITERATURE
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of artistic engagements with philosophical questions of meaning and ethics in the works of Gerhard Richter and Fyodor Dostoevsky.
PROJECT: A study of freedom and retribution in The Brothers Karamazov.
SPONSORS: William Edelglass, Geraldine Pittman de Batlle
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Evgenia Cherkasova, Suffolk University 

Jorien Shareff
Bachelor of Arts
AMERICAN STUDIES/Ceramics
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the visual dimensions of consumer culture, with an emphasis on the iconology of young womanhood in mass market women’s magazines.
PROJECT: Two papers: Icons of Female Modernity: Representations of College Women in the Ladies’ Home Journal, 1890-1920 and Issues of Gender and Representation in Contemporary Vogue Magazine.
SPONSORS: Kathryn Ratcliff, Martina Lantin
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Lise Sanders Shapiro, Hampshire College

Colby A. Silver
Bachelor of Arts
CULTURAL HISTORY/Conflict Studies & ART HISTORY
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of cultural heritage and its destruction in the post-war Balkans and a comparative art and architectural analysis of urban spaces and their transformation in the region.
PROJECT: A study of the cultural heritage discourses and valuation in the former Yugoslavia, as well as the targeting of culturally and historically significant sites during the wars of the 1990s.
SPONSORS: Dana Howell, Felicity Ratté
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Neil Silberman, University of Massachusetts Amherst 

Joella Marcelle Simons Adkins
Bachelor of Arts
BIOLOGY/Ecology
PLAN SUMMARY: An investigation of reproductive biology in birds and flowering plants.
PROJECT: A review of the pollination biology of non-flying mammals.
SPONSORS: Jennifer Ramstetter, Jaime Tanner
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Valerie Banschbach, St. Michael's College 

Logan Smith
Bachelor of Arts
THEATER/Playwriting
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of playwriting, production and scene design focusing on themes of intimacy and violence with visual art exploring modes of characterization.
PROJECT: The development of an original script, including its production and design.
SPONSORS: Brenda Foley, Timothy Segar
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Ain Gordon, playwright 

Joshua Stern
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICS
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of Native American sovereignty and its relationship to state and federal governments and to the courts.
PROJECT: A study of strategies used by American Indian social movements, with a specific focus on hybridization.
SPONSORS: Meg Mott, John Sheehy
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Peter D'Errico, University of Massachusetts Amherst 

Julianna Richardson Stevens
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICS/Art in Action
PLAN SUMMARY: Experiments in edging out the cacophony of late capitalism through critical theory poetics and visual art.
PROJECT: A paper on the production of subjectivity in the contemporary political landscape.
SPONSOR: Meg Mott
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Jason Adams, Williams College 

Jodi Susser
Bachelor of Arts
SOCIOLOGY/Writing
PLAN SUMMARY: An investigation of the concept of “character” as a reflection of society, especially in the post-World War II decades, and as the embodiment of an individual, particularly through examination of characters in monologues.
PROJECT: A study of the television series Mad Men focusing on the lives of its main characters and their problems with their middle- and upper-class lives in the 1950s and early 1960s.
SPONSOR: Gerald Levy, John Sheehy
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: C. J. Churchill, Thomas Aquinas College 

Juliette Sutherland
Bachelor of Arts
FILM/VIDEO STUDIES & ANTHROPOLOGY
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration in film and writing of eco-tourism and conservation.
PROJECT: An experimental documentary film focusing on cultural differences arising from volunteer work and tourism.
SPONSORS: Jay Craven, Carol Hendrickson
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Liz Canner, Astrea Media, Inc. 

Andrew R. Tanabe   
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICS/Asian Studies
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of disaster as a turning point for socio-ecological resilience.
PROJECT: A paper discussing major disasters in 20th-century Japan.
SPONSORS: Meg Mott, Seth Harter
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Bridget Hynes, independent consultant 

Alexander N. Tolstoi
Bachelor of Arts
AMERICAN STUDIES
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of Vermont history in the Revolutionary War era, with an emphasis on the importance of collective identity formation in the process of state building.
PROJECT: A paper on the place of the yeoman ideal and the captivity narrative in the creation of a collective Vermont identity in the revolutionary era.
SPONSORS: Kathryn Ratcliff, Adam Franklin-Lyons
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Kevin Sweeney, Amherst College 

Katherine Trahan
Bachelor of Arts
THEATER/Playwriting
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the various components of community-based performance and how it provides education, entertainment and an outlet for a community’s voice.
PROJECT: An original script and production titled The Muse that focuses on social predation and betrayal.
SPONSOR: Brenda Foley
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Christine Evans, Harvard University 

Michael S. Ulen   
Bachelor of Arts
HISTORY & ASIAN STUDIES
PLAN SUMMARY: An examination of the global spread of the Grundtvigian Folk High School ideal and its capacity to preserve folk craft in China using illustrative cases, literary sources and ruminations on the creation of Chinese joinery.
PROJECT: Does the Grundtvigian Folk High School have a role in the preservation of folk craft in China?
SPONSORS: Seth Harter, Adam Franklin-Lyons
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Brent Björkman, director, Vermont Folklife Center 

Jacquelyn Ward
Bachelor of Arts
HISTORY/Historiography & LITERATURE/Alternative Historical Narratives
PLAN SUMMARY: An investigation of different methods of speaking about the past, different systems of knowing, and the importance of listening to alternative historical narratives.
PROJECT: A paper examining the history of history and the reasons and ways in which people preserve and remember the past.
SPONSORS: Adam Franklin-Lyons, Richard Glejzer, Geraldine Pittman de Batlle
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Michael Bernard-Donals, University of Wisconsin, Madison 

Abigail Weiss
Bachelor of Arts
LITERATURE/Literary Theory
PLAN SUMMARY: A study of approaches to identity and self-expression in a variety of literary texts, with a focus on discursive conflict, intertextual relationships and translation, primarily investigating the work of Marcel Proust.
PROJECT: A paper on the relationship between myth and narrative, analyzing Marcel Proust’s use of Jean Racine’s Phedre and Euripides’ Hippolytus in his novel In Search of Lost Time.
SPONSORS: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle, William Edelglass
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Catherine LeGouis, Mount Holyoke College 

Brandon Willitts
Bachelor of Arts
LITERATURE & WRITING/Fiction
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of themes of wilderness and nature in 20th-century American literature, supported by a body of original fiction and nonfiction.
PROJECT: An essay examining the themes of wilderness in Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses.
SPONSORS: John Sheehy, Kyhl Lyndgaard, T. Hunter Wilson
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Mark Long, Keene State College 

Ian Gabriel Wilson
Bachelor of Arts
ART HISTORY & CULTURAL HISTORY/Hungary
PLAN SUMMARY: Visual cultural identity in the nationalist discourse of turn-of-the-century Hungary, with a focus on the landscape paintings of Károly Ferenczy and the constructed landscape of Budapest.
PROJECT: An analysis of Ferenczy’s integration of figure and landscape in painting and his relationship with the Nagybanya Colony.
SPONSORS: Felicity Ratté, Dana Howell
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Gülru Çakmak, University of Massachusetts Amherst 

Leslie Wilson
Bachelor of Arts
PSYCHOLOGY/History
PLAN SUMMARY: A history of deaf culture and a study of the cognitive processes involved in hearing.
PROJECT: A paper in two sections: A history of deaf culture and analysis of what it means to be deaf; and a study of psychology and deafness using history as a foil to understand it.
SPONSORS: Thomas Toleno, Adam Franklin-Lyons
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Anna Berry, Greenfield Community College 

Shea G. Witzberger
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICS
PLAN SUMMARY: A political exploration of fat thought and action as resistance to sizist culture.
PROJECT: A paper exploring body politics with a focus on the fat body and fat embodiment.
SPONSORS: Meg Mott, Timothy Segar
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Lori Schreiner, Health Care and Rehabilitation Services 

Jonathan Wood
Bachelor of Arts
LIBERAL STUDIES/Contemplative Studies and Education
PLAN SUMMARY: An exploration of the intertwining of ethics, mindfulness, emotions and education.
PROJECT: A study and analysis of the effects of an emotional awareness course on students’ academic and psychological well-being.
SPONSORS: William Edelglass, Ken Schneck, Thomas Toleno
OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Kate Wylie, psychotherapist and meditation teacher

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