AMERICAN STUDIES SENIOR CAPSTONE PRESENTATIONS, 2018-2019
JASMINE WILSON, Thursday, March 28, 7:00pm, Horn Gallery Lower Level
Love, Kinship and The Village: Demystifying Stereotypes of Black Families
Presentation Summary from Jasmine Wilson:
This presentation will examine representations of Black families in popular culture references in comparison with historical studies of Black families. Said historical studies of Black families have caused many stereotypes of the Black family to rise, and this presentation aims to demystify some of those stereotypes.
CAMERON MESSINIDES, Thursday, March 28, 8:30pm, PRC 210, Bemis Music Room
"MLK, Student Newspapers, and the Representation of an American Assassination at the Five Colleges of Ohio."
Photo Courtesy of Oberline College Archives
Presentation Summary by Cameron Messinides:
This presentation focuses on the first issue of each student newspaper at the Five Colleges of Ohio published after Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination on April 4, 1968. My project attempts to understand how and why these newspapers chose to frame King's death for their college audiences. Ultimately, whose version of King’s assassination ends up in the college archives?
LIAM BRODIGAN, Thursday, April 4, 7:00pm, PRC 210, Bemis Music Room
From Bush to Trump: Racism, Fear, and the other in Presidential Campaign Advertisements
Presentation Summary from Liam Brodigan:
My presentation examines the use and evolution of racism in presidential campaign advertisements from 1988 through 2016. It looks at what the campaign advertisements tell us about American society and the voting public.
EVA NEUWIRTH, Thursday, April 4, 8:30pm, PRC 210, Bemis Music Room
“Violent Femmes: An Exploration of Women’s Roles in the Hollywood Action Genre”
Presentation Summary from Eva Neuwirth:
This video essay traces the evolution of female representation in action films during the 1980s and 90s. It investigates what these films can tell us about gender roles and societal discomfort with women enacting violence.
HANNAH KLUBECK, Thursday, April 11, 7:00pm, PRC 210, Bemis Music Room
Goodnight Again, Irene: Performing Authenticity Through Song
Presentation Summary by Hannah Klubeck:
This presentation traces the evolution and commodification of folk music through the song 'Goodnight, Irene,' as performed by Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter, The Weavers, and Earnest Tubb. From the early 1900s to today, how have false notions of American authenticity come to define a genre?
TEAHELAHN KEITHRAFFERTY, Sunday, April 14, 4:30pm, Kenyon Farm, 20245 Zion Road, Gambier, OH
Indigenous Foodways & the Three Sisters
Summary of Presentation by Teahelahn Keithrafferty:
This presentation is a consideration of corn, beans & squash—the Three Sisters—within the foodways of the Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara (MHA) Nation, Ojibwe Nation, and Haudenosaunee Confederacy, all of which are indigenous to the "Midwest." We will sample dishes from Indigenous cookbooks using ingredients grown at the Kenyon Farm, bought from Native businesses, or otherwise sourced locally. Food is limited.
MARIA BRESCIA-WEILER, Thursday, April 18, 7:00pm, Horn Gallery Multipurpose Room [Upper Level]
A Family Case Study of Work and Identity
Presentation Summary from Maria Brescia-Weiler:
After spending the fall reading about the varied and evolving connections between work and identity as shaped and reflected by corporate and political rhetoric as well as the kinds of work available, I conducted an oral history project with 10 members of my extended family spanning three generations. We spoke about the kinds of work they have done, how they got their jobs and how they felt about them, and how their thoughts and feelings about work are shaped by ties to family and place, especially as connected to the family real estate business. Using my prior research as both a guide and an analytical tool, I pulled from these interviews to create a script that highlights some of the central themes and concerns in one family's experiences with work and identity over time and space.
TAAJ DAVIS, Thursday, April 18, 8:30pm, PRC 210, Bemis Music Room
"The Racial Realities of School Choice in Our Nation's Capital"
Presentation Summary from Taaj Davis:
This presentation will focus on the increasing role that charter schools play in the education of American children. The last two decades or so have featured major movements towards school choice and this has manifested in a large boom of charter schools in urban environments. By closely analyzing some of the stories from The SEED School in my hometown of Washington, D.C., I hope to shed light onto some of the less talked about issues in this ongoing conversation of school choice. More specifically, I will convey the ways in which the expansion of school choice has directly and indirectly impacted communities of color.
GEORGE COSTANZO, Thursday, April 25, 7:00pm, Horn Gallery Lower Level
Everyone is Queer, Dammit
*HERBIE DITTERSDORF, Thursday, April 25, 8:30pm, Horn Gallery Multipurpose Room [Upper Level]
"Buck Rogers: Man of our Century"
Presentation Summary by Herbie Dittersdorf:
In this project, we will explore Buck Rogers, science fiction pulp magazines, comic strips, and mass media technology using both the tools of history and poetry. The project will include a presentation of historical research as well as a reading of a few visual poems which compliment and deepen the topics addressed in the historical research. In the end, I hope that you will have gotten a deeper sense of the ways that rapid changes in media technology have and continue to shape American life and culture.
*American Studies Senior Honors Major