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Fall 2009: Senior Thesis Presentations









December 11, 2009
The American Studies Senior Thesis Presentations

The Senior Seminar this year had the theme “Race and Youth Culture.” The group was expertly guided by the seminar’s co-instructors, James Kim and Oneka LaBennett, through a set of readings on this theme, but students were free to write their theses on any topic they chose. The  result was an extraordinary range of themes, ideas, and interdisciplinary research methods.

Panel I--Sound Check: Music, Nation, and Sexuality Chair: Oneka LaBennett

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"Black, White and Copyright: Hegemony at Work in the Music Industry.”
Sarah Laskin 

“Breaking Boundaries: How Salsa Forged a New Latino Unity” (proposal).
Sara Devany

“Who’s the Boss?: Cultural Reception of Springsteen’s ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ During the Reagan Era.”
Doug Giombarrese

“From Bessie Smith to Janis Joplin: An Undercurrent of Feminism Emerges” (proposal).
Allison Haag

“Flex Your Head!: The Development of Style, Music, and Masculinities in New York Punk Rock and D.C. Hardcore.”
Amanda Ruggieri

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Panel II--Sports, Drugs, and Other Pastimes  Chair: Glenn Hendler

2009 Senior Thesis Presentations

“Wading Into the Deep End: Uncovering Racial Disparities in the Sport of Swimming.”
Katelynn Gray

"The Harlem Globetrotters: A Lesson on Wheelin’ and Dealin.’"
Al Gable

“Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Drug Courts and American Indians.”
Callagee O’Brien

“Take This and See What Happens: The FDA and Pharmaceutical Advertising" (proposal).
Patrick Kelly
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Panel iii--Identity, HEgemony, and Counter-hegemony 
Chair: James Kim

2009 Senior Thesis Presentations

“There’s Something About Bob: Imagery of Gender Roles and Sexuality in SpongeBob SquarePants.”
Max Siegal

“Covering Campus Chaos: The Student Press During the 1960s New Left Movement.”
Amanda Fiscina

“Electronic Catacombs for the 21st Century: Engaging Evangelical Dispensationalist Identity in Formation” (proposal).
Matt Benjamin

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Panel IV--Embodying power: politics and feminism  Chair: Oneka LaBennett

2009 Senior Thesis Presentations

“‘Gurley Girls’: Helen Gurley Brown and Third Wave Feminism.”
Katie Schaller

“Where My Girls At?: Women in Politics: How They Get into Office and What They Do There.”
Jess Cahill

“The Ugly Side of Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty: The Exploitation of Multiculturalism for Profit.”
Meredith Wright


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Panel v--Theorizing Spaces, Placing Communities   Chair: James Kim

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“Encountering Gentrification: Italians and Puerto Ricans in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.”
Carmela M. Dormani

“‘Keep it Wild/Keep on the Path’: How the Friends of the High Line Provoke ‘Spontaneous’ Identity Formation through the Park’s ‘Spontaneous’ Landscaping.”
Mary Loane

“The True Cost of Robert Moses’ Means of Getting Things Done: Flaws in the Recent Revision of the Master Builder’s Reputation and Methods in New York.”
Jess Valentino

“The Way We Make ‘Gay’: Constructing and Creating Gay Community on Glee.com, an Online Social-Networking Website for Gays, Lesbians and Everyone Else.”
Alanna Rohan
 
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RECEPTION!

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