Senior Humanities Projects

•2013 Meg Maxwell “Inuit Dress and Culture.” Advisor: Dr. Katherine C. Donahue.
My journey through college has culminated in a yearlong research adventure. It began with an inspiring visit from John Huston, Arctic film director and cultural   expert,   and   I   don’t   know   if   it   will   ever   really   end.     In   the   beginning   I   focused only on the clothing of Inuit people, but so much of my research showed   me   that   there   was   more   to   know   that   I   couldn’t   help   but   broaden my focus. There is a rich and fascinating culture and tradition surrounding every aspect of Inuit life and although clothing is still the heart of my research, I have also gained knowledge about myth and art in the Arctic that interests me, and I hope it will do the same for you.

•2013 Audrey Brown “Make Me Beautiful.” Advisor: Dr. Katherine C. Donahue.
“Make   Me   Beautiful”   is   my   capstone   project   about   the   concept   and   ideals   of   beauty around the world. My project focuses on the lengths women have gone to achieve the global standard of beauty. While researching for this project, I was astounded by some of the things that women did to their bodies to fit into the mold of beauty that has been created. In my project, I discuss plastic surgery procedures that are popular in places around the world. I have turned this research into three different monologues that represent three different women and the procedures that they endure to make themselves beautiful.

•2013 Shanen Curran “Understanding the Origins of Morality: Religion, Science, and the Implications for the Future.”  Advisor: Dr. H. David Zehr.
What makes us moral creatures? Many people believe that moral values are derived solely from religious traditions. Religion offers moral guidelines to those that follow, but fails to explain why we are the way we are. Is morality learned and reasoned, or do we possess moral intuitions long before religion and social constructs are imposed upon us? What are we at our core? To answer these questions, we must understand what morality means apart from religion. Through scientific observation we can begin to further understand the behavior in both our own and other species. Science will not tell us what we ought to value, but can it help us understand which behaviors are most beneficial to human well-being? Is it possible for humanity to progress without religion, and if so, what will the future look like?

•2013 Barbara Hauri “Investigating  Pinkerton’s  National  Detective  Agency.”  Advisor: Dean David A. Beronä
In   1850,   Allan   Pinkerton, an   immigrant from   Scotland, founded Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency, the first private detective agency in the United Stages. He established investigation techniques that detectives employ today. The Secret Service, the CIA, and the FBI can trace their roots to  the Pinkerton’s Agency. The  Pinkerton’s were involved  in major  events  in  U.S.  history  such  as   the Civil War, the Labor-Union Struggle, and the Old West. Many recognized figures were involved with the Agency like Abraham Lincoln, Jesse James, Clarence Darrow, Butch Cassidy, and J. Edgar Hoover. Allan Pinkerton and his National Detective Agency influenced the course of American history but remains a shadowy figure deserving of further investigation.

•2011 Matthew Justice “As Time Passes Over Cape Ann: A Reflection on the Humanities and Place.” A close look at the many facets of a historic fishing community with personal reflection

•2010 Kellie Donovan “Worldwide Festivals as Shapers of Economic Landscapes.” Following a semester in Brussels, this is a study based on research of festivals in Belgium and their possibilities for the United states.

•2010 Peter Grigorikakis “Mani and Me.” After a semester at the University of Athens, this study was a deep study and reflection on the history and life of his home in Mani, Greece.

•2009 William Kolaski “Through this Window.”  A film performed and directed by William Forrest Kolaski as a reflection of  his humanities education.

•2009:  Melanie Griffiths (Medieval/Humanities major) “The Mockery of the Church in the Roman de Reynard.” A publishable paper on the subject of a satirical look at the church during the late middle ages.

•2007: Ann Hodsdon “Reading My Way to Burma.” A complex look at the relationship between literature and actual history of Burma in the 20th century.

•2006: Sean Flaskamper “LeRoy and the Question of “Authority.” A study of this cult figure and the question of the authority of his information.

•2006: Heather Corrigan “The Femme Fatale in Film Noir.” A contemporary and theoretical study of the portrayal of women in the genre of “film noir” in America and France.

•2006: Jeffrey DeBlois “Rubens’ Process of Refinement in the Medici Cycle.” A Study of the Drawings and Preliminary Sketches of the Medici Cycle.

•2005 Krystina Hajduczek “Computer Games: History and Future.” A close look at the history of computer games and the development of war games in particular and their effects on viewers.

•2004 Meredith Delmage “The Myth of Edith Piaf.” A study of the Life and Words of Edith Piaf in the Context of her time.

•2003 Colin Kern “Military Slavery, The Mamluks.” A study of the training, education and social leverage of the Mamluks in Ottoman history.

•2001: Janelle Bernard “The Palio of Siena.” The history and significance of this centrally important medieval event.

•2000: Paul Albiani “A Courageous Russian.” A One Act Play by Paul Albiani, based on Dostoevsky

•2003 Autumn Sayers “The Last Masterpiece: Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park, by Diego Rivera. 1947.” After semester in Mexico, this project deconstructed the multiple personal meanings of this major Mexican fresco by Diego Rivera.

•2000 Janette Ticket “Patterns, Symbols and their Secret Meaning.” A study of quilts made by African American women and their the iconography of the underground railway.

•1999: Jennifer Davis “Suzanna Johnson’s Diary.” A study of the 18th century diary of Suzanna Johnson who was taken captive with her family by Native Americans.

•1995 Karen Schlereth “Paula Modersohn-Becker.” A study of this important female member of the German Expressionist movement.

•1994: Kristine van Hook “Emily Carr: A Canadian Treasure.”  A study of the works of this important woman Canadian artist.

•1994: Stan Mroczkowski “AIDS in America compared to the European Plague of 1347.”  A historic and medical comparison of the two “plagues.”

•1994 Tom Edwards “The Circle of Alphonso X of Seville and Las Cantigas de Santa Maria.”  Followed by a semester in Seville, a close study of the images in the Cantigas manuscript in relation to history and culture during the reign of Alphonso X.

•1993 Patrick White “Everyman.” Research on the medieval staging of the play “Everyman” followed by a performance  of the play at the Medieval Forum directed by Patrick White.

1992 Marie-Lynne Plante “Clear-cutting: Changing Attitudes Toward the Environment.” A study of the pros and cons of clear-cutting.


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