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. Theresult was an extraordinary range of themes, ideas, and interdisciplinary research methods.
Panel I--Sound Check: Music, Nation, and SexualityChair: Oneka LaBennett
"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.”
“From Bessie Smith to Janis Joplin: An Undercurrent of Feminism Emerges” (proposal).
“Flex Your Head!: The Development of Style, Music, and Masculinities in New York Punk Rock and D.C. Hardcore.”
Panel II--Sports, Drugs, and Other Pastimes Chair: Glenn Hendler
“Wading Into the Deep End: Uncovering Racial Disparities in the Sport of Swimming.”
"The Harlem Globetrotters: A Lesson on Wheelin’ and Dealin.’"
“Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Drug Courts and American Indians.”
“Take This and See What Happens: The FDA and Pharmaceutical Advertising" (proposal).
Panel iii--Identity, HEgemony, and Counter-hegemonyChair: James Kim
“There’s Something About Bob: Imagery of Gender Roles and Sexuality in SpongeBob SquarePants.”
“Covering Campus Chaos: The Student Press During the 1960s New Left Movement.”
“Electronic Catacombs for the 21st Century: Engaging Evangelical Dispensationalist Identity in Formation” (proposal). Matt Benjamin
Panel IV--Embodying power: politics and feminism Chair: Oneka LaBennett
“‘Gurley Girls’: Helen Gurley Brown and Third Wave Feminism.”
“Where My Girls At?: Women in Politics: How They Get into Office and What They Do There.”
“The Ugly Side of Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty: The Exploitation of Multiculturalism for Profit.”
Panel v--Theorizing Spaces, Placing CommunitiesChair: James Kim
“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.”
“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.”
“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 RECEPTION!