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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2021

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The Female Perspective: An Investigation Into How the Reconstruction and Efficacy of a Gynecological Fertility Recipe Unveils Female Voice in the Hippocratic Corpus, Randa Elie Abboud
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Classical Studies; History

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"Othering" the Irish: English Vilification of the Gaelic Irish during the Tudor Conquest, Owen T. Arace
Department: History

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More than a Memory: The Complex Relationship Between Living History and Slavery, Sofia Sequoia Biegeleisen
Department: History

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In the Trenches vs. In the Theater: Comparing Henri Desagneaux’s WWI Diary to WWI on Film., Brendan Burke
Department: History

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Picking Up the Pieces: Small-Town Revitalization of Lancaster, Ohio in the Wake of the Deindustrialization of the Anchor Hocking Glass Factory, Jacob M. Cook
Department: History

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The Fight Against Cultural Colonization in New Zealand, Eliza A. Cullen
Department: History

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The Nana Yaa Asantewaa War: Analysis of the Political Institutions of the Asante during The War Of The Golden Stool and the Existing Narratives, Angela Danso Gyane
Department: History; Political Science

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Visit which Scotland? Political Events Illuminating Two Competing Visions of re-emerging Scottish Identity since the late Twentieth-century, Erin W. Delaney
Department: History

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The Art of Atmosphere in Stop-Motion Animation, Abigail Fisk
Department: Art and Art History

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The History of the English Longbow- An Analysis of the Transformative Longbow in the Military, Society, and Identity Throughout British History, Elena Franzusova
Department: History

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Civil Commitment to Minimal Adequacy: A Study of the Deinstitutionalization of Minnesota, Jack Ryan Galle
Department: History

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Noticing Narratives: An Evaluation of Holocaust 'Lessons' Portrayed By American Museums, Rachel D. Ginsburg
Department: History

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The Music of the People: Appalachian Ballads and the Search for the Authentic in the 1960s American Folk Music Revival, Anna Halgash
Department: English; History

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Angels and Saints in a Modern Renaissance, Elena Hart
Department: Art and Art History

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Bursting at the Seams, Piper Hamilton Hartman
Department: Art and Art History

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The History of Black Resistance from the 1950s to the 21st Century: The Lack of Credibility in Roles of Gender, Sexuality, and the Youth, Mark Anthony Herron Jr.
Department: History

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Preserving Keith Haring’s Legacy of “Art for All” through the Study of the Chemical Degradation of Daylight Fluorescent Paints and their Constituent Rhodamine Dyes, Georgia L. Hopps-Weber
Department: Chemistry; Art and Art History

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Visualizing Concepts: Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) visuals synthesized from semantic vectors, Alayt Abraham Issak
Department: Art and Art History; Mathematics

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Conserving America: A History of America’s Conservation Movement and the Establishment of the National Park Service, Jack Jones
Department: History

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The Art of Reconciliation: The Influence of the Black Community on the Detroit Institute of Arts, Jillian Kouayara
Department: Art and Art History

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Adding to the Narrative: Stories of the Holocaust through Portraiture and the Museum, Marloes Krabbe
Department: Art and Art History; Sociology and Anthropology

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American Dragon: A Story of an Asian American Woman Finding Her Way Home, Hannah Langer
Department: English; Art and Art History

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Protecting The Sabbath: A Look at Sunday Baseball and how Protestant leaders Tried to Prevent It, Elijah Keith Lohrey
Department: History

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Dissociation, Maria Martinez
Department: Art and Art History

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We're All A Little Bit Gay: Female Homoeroticism in Greek Art, Devon A. Matson
Department: Archaeology; History

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A Breech in Time: Identifying and Dating Historical Textiles using ATR-FT-IR and HPLC-UV/Vis, Brianna M. McKeen
Department: Chemistry; History

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Wide Open, Lila Miller
Department: Art and Art History

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From Protest to Politics to Moving Pictures: How the Black Power Movement Inspired Blaxploitation, Peyton D. O'Laughlin
Department: History

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Whose Line is it Anyway? Rhetoric, Pathology, and the Jewish Race in Late Victorian England, Stephanie G. Pokras
Department: History

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“The Knight and the Demon”: Intersecting Poetry, Demonology, and the Middle Ages, N Praml
Department: English; History

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As The Looking Glass: An Introspection at Minority and Traumatized Identities, Indigo A. Quashie
Department: Art and Art History

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Whatever Happens Tomorrow, At Least I Existed: A Journey of Self Discovery Through Self-Portraiture, Alexa B. Rakosky
Department: Art and Art History

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Helen of Troy? A Reexamination of Helen's Speech in the Iliad, Erin A. Robichaud
Department: History; Classical Studies

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The Hough Rebellion: The Difficulties with Remembering, William G. Ruebsteck
Department: History; Education

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Sweet Home Chicago: The Movement of the Blues from Mississippi to Chicago and How that Changed the Music, Andrew D. Scherson
Department: History

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Stem Cell Research from 1990s – Present: The Development of iPSCs as a Response to Ethical Dilemma Surrounding Extraction of hESCs and Elucidating the Effect of Mechano-sensitivity during the First Differentiation Event of ESCs using Boolean Modeling., Hikmet A. Sherief
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; History

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Artifacts of Culture: Encounters with Multivocal Objects in Margaret of Austria’s 16th-Century Library, Jonas Short
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Art and Art History

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A Whole New Ball Game: Examining How College Basketball Coaches Adapt to Change, John L. Stevens
Department: History

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From Peach Baskets to a Global Sport: How the NBA has used Race, Gender, and Corporatization to become a Global Phenomenon, Beausejour James Tally
Department: History

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Whitewashed: A Look into the Evolution of Race Conversations in American Classrooms, Lily M. Walters
Department: History

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The Tel Kabri Wall and Floor Paintings: Microcosms of Mediterranean Middle Bronze Age Trade and Representations of a Canaanite Palatial Economy, Christine Weber
Department: Archaeology; Art and Art History

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The Self in the Context of Social Media, Leslie Weekley
Department: Art and Art History

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Seeing Red: Investigation of the Color’s Use in Early Baroque Art and Stability Based Upon Pigment Preparation, Lilly Woerner
Department: Chemistry; Art and Art History

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Dragon Nest: Immersive Experience Design, Mika Yonaha
Department: Art and Art History; Computer Science; Theatre and Dance

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Tracing the Evocation and Conceptual Transformation of Geisha Across Japanese Modernity, Shahroz Zaman
Department: History

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2020

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I Made This With My Hands, Andrea Arts
Department: Art and Art History

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Monet and the Western Kimono: The Creative Reasoning and Critical Legacy of La Japonaise, Katarina Margaret Baltisberger
Department: Art and Art History

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Cinema, Memory, and the Russian State: Representation of the Past in Contemporary Russian Film, John Costley Barrow IV
Department: History

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Pedagogía Política: Un análisis de la enseñanza de la dictadura de Pinochet y los derechos humanos en Chile, Emily Elizabeth Xiubei Beuter
Department: History; Spanish

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Project Documerica: How Environmental Photography Captured an Era, Ingrid E. Buckley
Department: History

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Lights, Camera, Busing: An Analysis of Differing Media Perspectives Surrounding the Boston Busing Crisis, Jacob P. Bueter
Department: History

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Modern Women in Popular Periodicals and Films in Shanghai, 1920-1930, Churou Chen
Department: History

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The Trials and Corruption of Jimmy Hoffa and the Teamster Union, Adam Clark
Department: History

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The Tactics and Tech of the Pacific Theater: Ingenuity in a New Kind of War, Jacob L. Cohen
Department: History

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The Atypical Summer '69 Story: The Football War of 1969, William A. Collis
Department: History

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Redemption of the Gàidhealtachd: The Formation of Highlandism from 1745 to 1822, Isaiah Corso-Phinney
Department: History

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Sun, Sea, Sand, and Sangria: The Development of Working-class Holiday Experience from the 19th to the 20th Century, Dylan Cox
Department: History

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Remembering the City: An Augmented Reality Reconstruction of Memory, Power, and Identity in Ho Chi Minh City through Cartography & Architecture, Thuy Dinh
Department: Computer Science; History

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“Sometimes You Want to Just Run Away”: Participation and Mobilization of the New Sanctuary Movement, Elyse Echegaray
Department: History; Sociology and Anthropology

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Commercializing Lifestyles: An Analysis of Lifestyle Brand Identities and Consumer Engagement in Post-War Mass Media, Daniel Engel
Department: Communication Studies; History

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Pope Pius XII and Moral Ambiguity, Ryan D. Farrell
Department: History

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Wood, Paper, and Glue: Studying the Book Beyond Its Bindings, Jack R. Felch
Department: Art and Art History

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Meaningful Military Experiences: A Look Into Congressional Members Who Have Served in Combat, Daniel Grant Fraser
Department: Political Science; History

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A Concrete Asylum: How the Issue of Immigration Embodies the European Union's External Identity Crisis, Nicholas Groves Gargaro
Department: History

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Boy Meets War: A Critical and Creative Analysis of Civilian Masculinities in Britain During the Second World War, Savanna Hitlan
Department: History

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The Deterioation of Public Opinion in the Vietnam and Iraq War, Tyler Iversen
Department: Political Science; History

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The Symbolist Inheritance of the Celtic Revival (1880-1930): Female Illustrators and Printmakers as Codifying Agents of Irish Visual Expression, Claire M. Jennings
Department: Art and Art History

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Yijing and Its Mathematical Thinkings, Yifan Jiang
Department: History; Mathematics

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Contested Commemoration: The Relationship Between Politics and the Memorialization of the Second World War in Polish Literature, Cinema, and Museums (1945-Present), Alexandria Joyner
Department: History

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Britain First: The British Union of Fascists’ Peace Campaign, 1932-1940, Cormac Kelly
Department: History

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Nascent Archaeology: The Reception of Classical Antiquity During the Renaissance, Lauren Ashley Kozlowski
Department: Art and Art History; Archaeology

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Do Cheaters Prosper? Examining How Organizations Use Sports Cheating to Achieve Institutional Advancement, Cullen Kuhn
Department: History

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Exploration of Cultural Identity Among Chinese Avant-Garde Artists: An Analysis of Xu Bing, Gu Wenda, and Huang Yongping, Qingyue Li
Department: Art and Art History

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Cheap Thrills and Moral Guidance: The Limitations of Subversive Themes in Mid-Nineteenth Century Urban Literature Centered on New York City, Victoria McCaslin
Department: English; History

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An Overview of the Playing Sappho Project, Conclusions and Findings, Mary G. McLoughlin
Department: Classical Studies; History

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Character: A Study in Kinship, Gloria Murray
Department: Art and Art History

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Through the Looking Glass: A Self Portraiture Exploration of Selfhood and Identity, Kelsey M. Nolin
Department: Art and Art History

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East Germany’s West: the Indianerfilme and Identity in German Film and Culture, Fred F. Prichard
Department: History

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Appropriation: Black Hair & Black Culture, Donyea M. Ruffin
Department: Art and Art History

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Chasing Gold Statues: A Study of Kanye West and the Case for Abstract Minimalism in the Digital Age, Sarah Stutler
Department: Art and Art History; English

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Life and Letters of Mary Compton Rice, Rachel Tomei
Department: History

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The Surge of Religious Polychrome Sculptures in the Golden Age of Spain as Vivid Artistic Responses to the Call of the Counter Reformation, Samantha Tromba
Department: Art and Art History

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The Sword and Its Place in Norse Story and Society, Andrew J. Williams
Department: History

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Inventing Christine de Pizan: Art and Authorship in Late Medieval France, Adria Leigh Woodruff
Department: Art and Art History

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2019

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The Drum Break: Using the Poetics of Hip Hop as a Lens to Observe the Black Freedom Movement Post-Civil Rights & Black Power, Andrew Aldridge
Department: English; History

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Pardon My Black Power! The Root of Black Stigma, Antonio G. Bailey
Department: History

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Deadly Tail: The Rise, Fall, and Long-term Consequences of the Dalkon Shield IUD, Eleanor Barker
Department: History

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Fundamentalist-in-Chief: How Jerry Falwell Built the Religious Right and Became the Face of Family Values in American Politics, 1956–1980, Abigail Blinka
Department: History

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The Witch’s Apprentice: An Original Graphic Novel, Lorelei KM Carrier
Department: Art and Art History

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Thus Come: The Making and Seeing of the Buddha in China, Julia S. Cavallo
Department: Art and Art History; Chinese Studies

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Liminal Souls, Liminal Bodies: Michelangelo’s Non Finito and the Poetics of Liberation, Mackenzie Clark
Department: Art and Art History; English

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In the Act of Witnessing Art, Regan Concannon Clark
Department: Art and Art History; English

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Rosie in the Empire: Gender in British and Australian Media Propaganda during the Second World War, Josie Cotton
Department: History

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Opening Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise: The Work of Art and its Contexts between Renaissance Florence and Modern Museum Culture, Ilaria Novella Crum
Department: Art and Art History; Sociology and Anthropology

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Dancing with Wooster: Strengthening Community through Self-expression and Collaborative Art, Juliana Davis
Department: Art and Art History

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Ottoman Reactions to a Decline in British-Ottoman Relations 1876-1914, Liam Dingle
Department: History

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Location, Location, Location: The Expansion of the Lexington Public Library from 1795-2019, Robin Emmons
Department: History

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The Mechanisms of Memory: Britain’s Remembrance and Forgetfulness of the British Raj in World War Two, Essam Farah
Department: History

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“Marblescape of Memory”: An Examination of Aesthetics, Identity Construction, and Museum Display through the Appropriation of Ancient Greek Sculpture in Neoclassical England, Presley Feezell
Department: Art and Art History; Sociology and Anthropology

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When Science and Art Collide: Learning the Methods Like a Scientist in Order to Break the Rules Like an Artist, Marissa Bailey Fiume
Department: Art and Art History; Biology