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Senior Capstone Projects from 2016

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Beyond the margins: invisibility and violence against Middle Eastern and North African American students in the orientalist, post-9/11 world, Ramy H. Abbady

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Infotainment: the pressure of ratings and their dangers for democracy in cable news, Alex Adler

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The relationship of preschool children and the media: a thorough investigation into the televised culture, Victoria M. Bachurska

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Productive contradictions: challenges and opportunities in talking with elementary school students about race, Samantha Basch

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Sexualized care work: Considering the power of reproductive labor, Tessa Baum

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Remember where you came from: opiate addiction in the Hudson Valley and beyond, Eloy Bleifuss Prados

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Inform or A to Z, Zachary Bokhour

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"What am I to do about you? I fear you may be... quite mad:" an exploration of the mad superheroine on the comic book page, Cynthia Bonacum

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Text as creation: the centrality of motherhood across women's writing in the early modern period, Kristen Caccavale

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Senior Recital: Alyssa Caplan, soprano, Alyssa Caplan

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Flames and darkness: Sapphic symptoms of unrest within the verses of Catullus and Horace, Cady Cirbes

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Read this for the meme, Ethan Cohen

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Playin’ tha game: the role identity plays in b-ball players’ and gangsta rappers’ public stances on black sociopolitical issues, Kelsey Cox

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Senior Recital: Gregory Cristina, Gregory Cristina

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This land is your land: the socionatural construction of the socialist party of Oklahoma, 1907-1922, Taylor Crowl

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Re-creation and commemoration: Imperial messaging in the redefinition of the Roman landscape, Camille Victoria Delgado

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Synergistic space: reinvestigating Main Street, Poughkeepsie at street level, Huong Dinh

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Undeutsch: Ein spiel von toleranz und akzeptanz im modernen Berlin, Sean Downing

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The crypt, Jake Ellis

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A bug in the system: speculations on cybernetics, superorganisms, and simulated serendipity, Layla Fassa

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The grave, Katherine Finney

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Senior Recital: Rachel Fuerstman, mezzo-soprano, Rachel Fuerstman

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There's something queer about that Jake: marginalized in the Margins, Michael Gambardella

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What is health? Exploring conflicts in perceptions of health and illness, Margaret Ginoza

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The Chinese Hukou System: Structural Change and Political Reform, Benjamin N. Glasner

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As good as the best of them: using animal metaphors and language in Anne Brontë’s Agnes Grey to overturn social hierarchies, Emma Glassman

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The formation of the hero: Achilles, Cú Chulainn, and Beowulf, Cari Goldfine

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Going back to yesterday, Christa Guild

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Not now, but soon: Justification for continued research on CRISPR-Cas9 germline genetic modification before clinical application, Sylvia Haigh

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The certified nurse-midwife as a path to female agency in modern childbirth in the United States, Kate Hennessy

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HIV/AIDS in the Islamic world: Dissecting the relationships between religion, disease and public health decisions, Colin Hepburn

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Adapting Lamb: retelling a retelling of the oldest story ever told, Sophie Hessekiel

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Longshore variation of grain size distribution of the southern coast of Long Island, New York: a test of a sediment transport model, Olivia J. Hoch

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The 421-a tax abatement program: Affordable housing policy and its effect on characterizing Brooklyn communities, Jonathan Hong

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Senior Recital: Asia Howard, Asia Howard

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Cracking the textual chrysalis: Crafting universes in Nabokov’s novels, Elena Iannuzzi

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Reality check: A theoretical exploration of virtual reality, Shahira Idris

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Land repatriation as decolonization: Indigenous methods of reclaiming land and reversing “colonial spatial violence”, Julianne Johnson

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Senior Recital: Sarah Johnson, organ, Sarah Johnson

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Where did the time go? A preliminary analysis of PROGRESA’s impact on women’s time allocation, Andrew Joung

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Mother knows best: female perspectives on standardized testing and opting out in New York City, Kelsey Karpman

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Meta-Mythology: the undermining exempla of Ovid’s Remedia Amoris, Kacey M. King

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The Old English Phoenix, Kacey M. King

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‘And despite everything the body remains’: monstrosity and materiality in Citizen and Autobiography of Red, Jacqueline Krass

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Medicine as an evolving system: The analysis of cultural and ethnic disparities to diversify medicine, Alana Lashley

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Directing violence from "stage to page": revenge tragedies and the early modern dramatic form, Robert Leinheiser

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Reading and reassessing the construction of gender and sexuality in Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness and Virginia Woolf’s Orlando: A Biography, Isabella Luksh

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Farm sanctuary geriatrics: A biopolitical examination of the American Veterinary Medical Association and United States animal agriculture, Kaden Maguire

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Downtown voices: urban development, cultural production, and territoriality in downtown Phoenix, Carlos E. Mandeville

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Here's the thing, Dylan Manning

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Food fight: the communal struggle for food justice in Poughkeepsie city schools, Elana Marble

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'Winning' the World Cup: the geopolitics behind the production of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Thomas Marrinan

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Silenced frequencies: dance music and the transformation of entertainment spaces in SoMa, San Francisco, Kathryn Marshall

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Underground or under ground: punk, death, and transcendence in an unreal world, Jackson Martel

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Stealing away: a study of the Black Studies Movement and its afterlife at Vassar College, Alejandro McGhee

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Hands on the street: The rise of creative placemaking and everyday tactics in Poughkeepsie, NY, Destin McMurry

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You and media, Noah M. Mintz

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Complex culpability: childhood morality and the rights of citizenship in Jim Shepard’s The Book of Aron, Gabriella Mongelli

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Home planet, Wanda Noonan

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Unrealities, Dorian Oberstein

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The legacy of the ‘woman on paper’: why Georgia O’Keeffe should be remembered as a writer, Emily Elizabeth Omrod

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Polaroid Corporation's valued users: Denying a linear model of technology to embrace the importance of user feedback in shaping technology, Molly Osborn

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Designing interactive digital installation for human-human interaction in live music events, So Sun Park

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Contexts and consequences of Network Neutrality debate in the United States, Divya Pathak

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Worlds "safe as houses": ethical discoveries in the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop, Allison Pearl

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The business of mirror-making: historical perspectives on three New York state educational opportunity programs, Camilla Pfeiffer

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L, Noelle Phansalkar

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Public parks from where and for whom? Settler colonialism and the “progressive” erasure of Native spaces in Madison, WI, Christian S. Phelps

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Conversational ecologies, Harrison Pickering

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Senior Recital: Ruby Pierce, soprano, Ruby Pierce

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Ways, Audrey Pierson

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Senior Recital: Madeline Pollis, soprano, Madeline Pollis

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Affective masculinities and suburban identities: Nu-metal as reflexive art, Niccolo Porcello

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Senior Recital: Karen Ratcliffe, soprano, Karen Ratcliffe

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Poems: from water and to water, Alexander Raz

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The sudden dark, Sam Rebelein

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Digital advertising regulation and issues of internet privacy, Zachary Rippe

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In this space: a critical race perspective on the career aspirations of Latinas at Vassar College, Mary Rivera

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Sowing seeds of resistance, Katherine Rosemond

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A Poesque trauma theory, Jacqueline Rosenbaum

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“Tests and rubrics and checklists don't create good teachers” – the significance of empowering teachers, Blake Rumuly

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A misunderstanding of spacetime throughout "space" and "time", Matthew Schwartz

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Veganism of a different nature: how food not bombs challenged capitalism, militarism, and speciesism in Cambridge, MA, Alessandra Seiter

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“Come through with the ‘Ye mask on / spray everything like SAMO:” Jay Z, Kanye West, and fine art as luxury in contemporary hip hop, Lily Shell

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Ad hominem, Joshua Sherman

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Techno-Orientalism in contemporary Hollywood cinema, Yuhan Shui

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Suffering in silence: the politics of shaping cultural memory in the context of narratives around Korean “comfort women” in South Korea, Hankyul Song

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Reading the pedophile: deconstruction of innocence worship through the work of Henry Darger, Grace Sparapani

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The Descartes-Newton paradox: Clashing theories of planetary motion at the turn of the eighteenth century, Jean-Sébastien Spratt

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The origins and effects of role-playing games, Christopher Sundberg

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"Pinky and Kitty and a 3rd thing": Collaborative practice in the life and work of Clara "Kitty" Couch, Mary Talbot

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Power (in) play the articulation of the othered body and decolonization of historical memory through playwriting and performance, Juliany Taveras

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Beyoncé decoded: deconstructing originality in the contemporary age, Maya Toler

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Race in the writing workshop: The ideology of colorblindness and the stories of three Asian-American writers speaking out against it, Nghiem Tran

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this never happened, Mallory Tyler

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Spell 21: a senior thesis portfolio, Madison Vilkin

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You see before you, the unfortunate General Tso: notes on eating Chinese, American, and foods in between, Zijun Wang

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Transitions, Isaac Wash

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Planning, policy and the use of bike share programs in Montréal and New York City, Jonah Williams

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Ancient dance through modern eyes: four studies exploring the intersections of ancient and modern dance, Alaina Wilson