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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2013

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It's a Good Day to Be Indigenous: the Quest For American Indian Identity Through Activism and Film, Keely Pearce
Department: History

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From Renaissance Entertainment to Occult Divinitory Practice: An Iconographic Study of the Sexual Female Image in Tarot, Megan Mary Piemonte
Department: Art and Art History; French and Francophone Studies

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Ethnoscapes and Nationalism in the Cherokee Nation's Constitutional Law, 1960-2013, Richard Tadd Pinkston
Department: History; Political Science

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The Transparent Self, Jessica Pisani
Department: Art and Art History

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Remaining Elite: Patriarchy and Advice in Renaissance Florence, Christina Polet
Department: History

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The Media versus Major League Baseball and its Superstars: A Comparison of the 1927 and 2009 New York Yankees, Johnathan Ray
Department: History

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Broke City, Broke Schools: Desegregation of Public Schools and the Economic Decline of Akron, Ohio, Abigail S. Rider
Department: History

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The History of the Americanization of Sushi and its Application as an Art Form, Margaret Graham Roberts
Department: Art and Art History

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Architectural Interventions, Abigail Aloe Sandberg
Department: Art and Art History

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Talking Black and Sleeping White... Talking White and Sleeping Black: A Socio-Legal Examination of Interracial Marriage in America, Kailey J. Schwallie
Department: History

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The "Woman Question": the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Intersections of Race and Gender in the 1960S, Kelsey Smith
Department: History

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Dream Worlds, Madeleine Socolar
Department: Art and Art History

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Monarch of the Plains: a Cultural and Environmental History of Buffalo in the West, Alexander Strapp
Department: History

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Young People Don't Vote: An Investigation of the Methods and Motivations of Contemporary and Past Student Political Activists, Brandon Sutton
Department: History; Sociology and Anthropology

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For the General Diffusion of Knowledge: Social, Juvenile and Mercantile/Mechanic Libraries in Colonial America and the Early Republic, Gwenlyn Symons
Department: History

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Singing Against the Grain: Exploring the Effects of National Identity & History on Counter Cultural Musical Output, Matthew Eulberg Taylor
Department: History

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Leaving It to the Streets: An Examination of the Consequences of Memorializing Street Art, Emily Timmerman
Department: Art and Art History

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The Great Matter: the Role of Environment and Queenship in the Decline of the Catholic English Monarchy, Margaret Trainor
Department: History

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An Artificial Eden: Experiencing the Suburban Landscape in Postwar American Literature, Elyse Vukelich
Department: English; History

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Unraveling the Toilet Paper Tax Revolt: An Investigation Into the Demise of Politics in the Garden State 1989-1993, Richard Walter
Department: History

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With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: the Historical and Social Relevance of Comic Books in the United States, Devin Warner
Department: History

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Welcome to the Jungle: A Hallucinogenic Phenomenological Experience, Ashle S. Williams
Department: Art and Art History

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Experiencing the Change of Home, Hava K. Yoast-Hull
Department: Art and Art History

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2012

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Evolution of the National Football League: the Coaches That Changed America's Game, Thomas Adams-Wall
Department: History

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Hurrah Hurah Look Who's Rising? It's the Frelinghuysens!: a Select History of New Jersey's Frelinghuysen Family, John Anderson
Department: History

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Soldier's Perspective: a Chronological and Thematic Analysis of the Vietnam War Through Oral History, Alexandra Armstrong
Department: History

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Evolving to Explore: the Potential in Land Art, Nora Byrne Armstrong
Department: Art and Art History

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Timekeepers of Progress: Buffalo and the 1901 Pan-American Exposition, Bonnie Berg
Department: History

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Experiences in Vietnam, Interpreted Through Art: Creating New Process and Technique, Lida C. Bilokur
Department: Art and Art History

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On the Origins of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, Jameson Brown
Department: History

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Cowboy Mythology in National Politics: The Pre-Presidential Political Career of Lyndon Johnson, Alyson Bujnoski
Department: History

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Artist Francesco Clemente's Understanding of Tantrism As Demonstrated By the Unfolding of Female Genitalia in His Works, Eliza Cady
Department: Art and Art History

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Discovering the Nameless Soldier: a Social History of Union Volunteer Infantry Soldiers in the Civl War, Benjamin H. Christ
Department: History

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The Eloquence of Stone: Propagandistic Function of Monumental and Funerary Art in Nineteenth Century Paris, Lauren Close
Department: Art and Art History; History

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Social Relevance of Speakeasies: Prohibition, Flappers, Harlem, and Change, Joseph Collins
Department: History

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Voice of the Voiceless Ones: the Culture of Nuevo Canto, Nueva Canción, and Nueva Trova; and the Polarization of Argentina, Chile, and Cuba, Samuel Connor
Department: History

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Whose Britain Is This Anyway: Questioning Race, Class, Immigration and Nationality in Great Britain Between 1948 and 2011, Christina Jayne Cruce
Department: History

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Chilean Cultural Identity: a Case Study of Contemporary Mapuche Poetry, La identidad cultural chilena: un caso de estudio de la poesía mapuche contemporánea, Christopher Culbertson
Department: History; Spanish

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Echoes of Silence: The Japanese-American Experience in the 20th Century, Helen Doherty
Department: History

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Surviving War, Surviving Memory: An Oral History of the South Vietnamese Civilian Experience in the Vietnam War, Leann Do
Department: History

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Di Renjie and the Mystery of the Imposter Judge Dee: An Analysis of Di Renjie's Career As a District Magistrate and His Fictional Counterpart, Robert Tyler Dowdell
Department: History

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Extended Family, Will Ehrenreich
Department: Art and Art History

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Game For the Ages Forever Changed By the New Age: How Hip Hop Changed the Game of Basketball, Michael Evans
Department: History

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Bilateral Misunderstanding: A Historical Analysis of the Obama "Reset" and Post-Cold War American-Russian Relations, Timothy Robert Faerber
Department: History

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Cracks in the Sidewalk: An Examination of "Freaks" and Women in Garry Winogrand's Volatile Sixties, Charlie Fanelli
Department: Art and Art History

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Gender Divide: Re-Examining the Feminization of Teaching in the Nineteenth Century with Emphasis on the Displaced Male Teacher, Matthew Fegan
Department: History

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Exploration of Hyperbolic Geometry/ Mathematics and Studio Art, Rachel Frank
Department: Art and Art History; Mathematics

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Unnecessary Catastrophe--The Irish Potato Famine: 1845-1852, Nora Furstenberg-Carroll
Department: History

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Need to Reform the Human Rights Regime: Various Disagreements With Human Rights, Michael Garcia
Department: History

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Unorganizable and the Unrepresented: the Evolving Relationship of Hispanics and the American Labor Movement, Daniel Hanson
Department: History

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Johnny Appleseed: Exploring a Cultural Landscape, Brenna Hatcher
Department: Art and Art History

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Gift That Keeps on Giving: Exploring the Role of Scenes Involving the Offering of Gifts on Egyptian Non-Royal Coffins and Tombs, Renee Hennemann
Department: Archaeology; Art and Art History

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Illustrating a Conflict: Belfast's Murals Throughout the Troubles, Katherine M. Hennessey
Department: History

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Charles and Charlemagne As King, Emperor, and Renaissance Man, Raymond Horn
Department: History

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History of the Fifteenth Air Force in World War II Through the Eyes of One Man: the War Story of Second Lieutenant Winthrop Sargent Worcester, Jr., Heidi M. Klise
Department: History

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St. Augustine's Influence on the Roman Catholic Church, Shawn Knopp
Department: History

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What Makes Her ‘New?’ Reexamining Weimar’s ‘New Woman’ in Das Künstseidene Mädchen, Der Skorpion, Pandora’s Box, and Girls in Uniform., Muriel L. LaMois
Department: German Studies; History

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Goddess of Mercy: the Gender Transformation of the Bodhisattva Guanyin, Hawwah LaRoche
Department: Art and Art History

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Foundations of Stone: Discerning Spiritual and Economic Influences on the Construction of Cistercian Monasteries in England, Daniel Lehman
Department: History

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Time Travelin' Is Dino-Mite!: the Development of an Original Sequential Art Narrative, Ann Elizabeth Lewis
Department: Art and Art History

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Unattainable Perfection: Masculine Identity and Bodybuilding Culture From 1890 to the Present, Erin McArdle
Department: History

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Come to the Table, A. Greer Morgan
Department: Art and Art History

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From Profit Driven Slaveholders to the California Gold Rush: An Economic History Curriculum Designed For Grade 8, Katherine Jennings Moser
Department: History

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Seen and Unseen Face of God: An Artist's Exploration of Patua Art and Religion, Julia Murphy
Department: Art and Art History; Religious Studies

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Terrain, Rebecca Newhouse
Department: Art and Art History

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Bourbon Whiskey: the History and Development of America's Native Spirit, and the Making of the Number One Bourbon, Jim Beam, Kevin Orris
Department: History

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Development Assistance Redefined: the Rise of the University of Chicago and the Establishment of Neoliberal Foreign Aid Policies, Michael Peters
Department: Economics; History

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Effects of Emerald Ash Borer Beetle Induced Habitat Disturbance on Spider Community Structure in Southeastern Michigan and Reflections on Biological Research, Sarah E. Rudawsky
Department: Art and Art History; Biology

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Separate and Unequal: An in Depth Analysis of Tule Lake Internment and Segregation Camp and the Unification and Separation of Japanese Internees, David Scott Rudick
Department: History

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Fear, Flames and the "Other": the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and Urban Tension in the Press and Popular Media, William Schoenfeld
Department: History

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First Indochinese War and the Evolution of American Foreign Policy in Vietnam From 1945-1954: The Evolution of American Foreign Policy throughout Indochinese War, Matthew Schulz
Department: History

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Enigmatic Magic: An Analysis of the Role of Codes and Ciphers Within American Intelligence, Ian Sharp
Department: History; Mathematics

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Academies of State: Monarchy and the Universities in Tudor England, Anthony J. Simmons
Department: History

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Not So Innocent: Little Red Riding Hood's Corrupted Past and the Constructs of Victorian Childhood, Jennifer Singer
Department: Art and Art History

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On the Account: An Investigation of Piracy through Living History, Joseph Skonce

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Masquerade of Gender: the Study of the Power and Influence of the Female Gender Through the Visual Culture of Sande Masks and Performance, Claire Smith
Department: Art and Art History

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Untitled, Abiose Spriggs
Department: Art and Art History

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Coffeehouse Paradox: London Coffeehouses from 1652-1714, George Frederick William Stephan
Department: History

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Destructive Creation, Marissa Stover
Department: Art and Art History

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Making of a Second-Class Citizen: a Case Study of the Institutionalized Oppression of Blacks in New Orleans, Andrew Stowe
Department: History

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Mary Tudor: Bloody Zealot or Female Trail Blazer?, Hallie B. Swidler
Department: History

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Watergate's Test of Values: The Role of John W. Dean III in the Most Infamous Presidential Scandal in History, Taylor Trout
Department: History

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Baseball and American Society Following World War II: An Examination of the Cleveland Indians As a Reflection of Baseball's Larger Role in Postwar American Society, Gregory Van Horn
Department: History

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Contemporary Merrymakers, Kelley M. Waickman
Department: Art and Art History

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Responsibility to Protect Responsibly: Lessons From Kosovo and Sierra Leone, Mary Elizabeth Walters
Department: History; Political Science

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Je Voulais Être Homme, Rien Qu’Homme: An Analysis of the Intersection of Communism and Masculinity InThe Negritude Movement, 1930-1939, Kristen Weischedel
Department: French and Francophone Studies; History

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America the Automatic Empire: Roads, Highways, and the Consolidation of American Capitalism, Robert West
Department: History

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Rex Quondam, Rexque Futurus: Arthurian Legends As Indicators of British National Identity Throughout History, Audrey Ellen Wimbiscus
Department: History

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Metaphorical Halo-Halo, Matt Wong
Department: History; East Asian Studies

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Interracial Analysis of Expatriate "Americanization" in the City of Paris-- An Examination of a Shared Space Occupied By White Male Authors and Intellectuals and African American Performers and Artists, Cassandra Zavis
Department: History

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2011

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Shaken But Never Stirred: a Historical Analysis of American Masculinity Through the James Bond Films., Ethan Arenstein
Department: History; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Defining Episodes in the History of the Russian Moderate Activist, Kaitlin Ball
Department: History; Russian Studies

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The End of a Nation: Russian Nationalism As a Reaction to Westernization, Jeremy Bervoets
Department: Russian Studies; History

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Nihil Sub Sole Novum: the Struggle of Latin in the Twentieth Century, Kurt A. Brown
Department: History; Education

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The American Dragon: the Influence of Hollywood on Martial Arts in America, Mackenzie E. Brown
Department: History

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Portraits and Figures of Women at Yuli Mental Institution in Hwalien, Taiwan, Feng-Ju Chien
Department: Art and Art History

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Civil Rights of the Developmentally Disabled: a Study of Apple Creek Developmental Center, Jeannette Coleridge
Department: History

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IMPRO-VIBES 17X: The Visual Expression of Hip-Hop Lyrics, Nina R. Dine

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The Historic Built Landscape of The College of Wooster: An Investigation into Architecture, Curriculum, and Memory, Jacob L. Dinkelaker

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Breakthrough? a Comparison of Civil Rights Era and 21st Century African American Mayors in Washington, D.C., and Newark, New Jersey, Sally Dorman
Department: History; Political Science