University Writing & Research Conference Program - Fall 2015

Session 1: Whiteness, Loneliness and Dominance

10 a.m. (Ames B101)
Moderator: Wade Fletcher

Kevin Kearns, “The Search for Intimacy: Loneliness in the Imagery of ‘Lost in Translation’ ”
         Professor Wade Fletcher

Austin Rose, “Racial Perspective: 'The White Savior Complex' in ‘Amistad’ ”
         Professor Gordon Mantler

 

Session 2: Benevolent Patriarchy and the Gendered Influence on Young Chaps and Cinderellas

11:30 a.m. (Ames B101)
Moderator: Joseph Fisher

Ava Hartmann, “Daddy’s Little Princess: A Prisoner to his Kingdom / How A Father’s Praise of his Daughter’s Femininity Undermines her Independence”
         Professor Rachel Riedner

Catherine Moran, “Unleashing the Barbaric Yawp: The Elusive Quest for Carpe Diem”
        Professor Sandra Friedman

 

Session 3: Precious Jewels and the Evolution of Chivalric Symbolism in the Age of Shakespeare

11:30 a.m. (Ames B109)
Moderator: Christy Zink

Meghan Gall, “Arms and Armour in the Age of Shakespeare”
        Professor Rachel Pollack

Meghana Keswani, “Precious Jewels in the Age of Shakespeare”
        Professor Rachel Pollack

 

Session 4: Parenting and Institutional Racism

11:30 a.m. (Ames B205)
Moderator: Robin Marcus

Vaishali Ashtakala, “An Analysis of Beloved: The Psychological Confines of Motherhood and Slavery in Nineteenth Century United States”
        Professor Shonda Goward

Jessica Warner, “Father’Hood’: The Search for Single Black Fathers in Low Income Communities”
        Professor Robin Marcus

 

Session 5: Narrative Faiths

11:30 a.m. (Ames B207)
Moderator: Jee Yoon Lee

Lauren Danielowski, “Policing Black Feminine Space and Identity in Christianity and African Witchcraft: Understanding the Convent Women of Paradise”
        Professor Shonda Goward

Veronica La Du, “Harry Potter and the Christian Rewrite: How Christians, Fan or Not, React to Harry Potter”
        Professor Katherine Larsen

 

Session 6: Are White People Guests in the House of Hip Hop? Examining the White Presence in the Racialized World of Rap

1 p.m. (Ames B101)
Moderator: Robin Marcus

John Conrad, “Legitimizing Whiteness in Hip Hop:  Investigating Authenticity and Appropriation in Hip Hop and the Strategies of Artists to Justify their Whiteness in Historically Racialized Hip Hop”
        Professor Robin Marcus

 

Session 7: Intersexionality: Where Harvey Milk Protest Meets Ru Paul's Drag

1 p.m. (Ames B109)
Moderator: Gordon Mantler

Katie Ornelas, “Milk: The Man and the Legacy”
        Professor Gordon Mantler

Brooke Rice, “Queens and Culture: How Miss Finesse Deconstructs Jane Doe's Gender Constructs”
        Professor Niles Tomlinson

 

Session 8: Transportation & Housing: Same Concerns, New Models

1 p.m. (Ames B205)
Moderator: Ann Brown

Sam Adams, “Uber Will Never Be Able To Change”
        Professor Jee Yoon Lee

Molly Shea, “Fine Wine Pairs Well With Poverty: Rural Sociology and the Housing Shortage in Napa Valley”
        Professor Phyllis Ryder

 

Session 9: Shakespearean Scents and Aesthetic Sensibility in the Flowers of Jan van Huysum

2:30 p.m. (Ames B101)
Moderator: Jon Dueck

Samantha Dewees, “Collages of Nature: Jan Van Huysum and the Floral Still Life”
         Professor Rachel Pollack

Ellen Zhang, “Sweet Bag”
        Professor Rachel Pollack

 

Session 10: Misunderstanding the Mise En Scene: Film Masquerades and Media Bias

2:30 p.m. (Ames B201)
Moderator: Ariel Kagan

Ivette Headley, “Female Criminality on Screen”
        Professor Sandie Friedman

Andrew Goudsward, “Blaming the messenger: An analysis of ideological and stylistic media bias in Hurricane Sandy coverage”
        Professor Michael Svoboda

 

Session 11: Educating the Senses: Developing Musical Tastes

2:30 p.m. (Ames B205)
Moderator: Zach Elder

Anthony Garber, “Motivation in Music Education: A Case for the Self-Determination Theory and Intrinsic Motivation”
        Professor Matthew Riley

Ally Harris, “What Does That Sound Taste Like?”
        Professor Matthew Riley

 

Session 12: Informing Image, Altering Discourse

2:30 p.m. (Ames B117)
Moderator: Wade Fletcher

Yona Weissman Fabra, “The Discourse of Disability”
        Professor Rachel Riedner

Timothy Shim, “The Fictitious Physician: Doctors' Skewed Image in the Doctor-Patient Relationship”
        Professor Wade Fletcher

 

Session 13: Killer Queens From Katniss Everdeen to Nene Leakes

4:10 p.m. (Ames B101)
Moderator: Jon Dueck

Sydney Spencer, “Female Identity in Reality Television Shows”
        Professor Jee Yoon Lee

Gabriella Wilks, “The Girl with the Bow and Arrow:  Women Who Kill in Film and What It Says About Us”
        Professor Caroline Smith

 

Session 14: Revolution/Evolution: The Power of Graffiti and Electronic Music

4:10 p.m. (Ames B201)
Moderator: Tina Plottel

Emily Howard, “Spray Can Satire: Banksy's Graffiti Revolution “
        Professor Niles Tomlinson

Charles Franz, “Cosmic Journey: The Origin and Evolution of Electronic Music”
        Professor Mathew Riley

 

Session 15: Media (Un)Truths: Documenting the Climate

4:10 p.m. (Ames B205)
Moderator: Michael Svoboda

Steven Chao, “Where’s the Water? A Conservative/Liberal Op-Ed Analysis of the Western Megadrought Crisis”
        Professor Michael Svoboda

Kayley Deaton, “Climate Change Needs a Solution: Ideological Schisms Negate the Efforts of Climate Change Documentaries”
        Professor Michael Svoboda

 

Session 16: Women & Popular Culture: Asserting Identity, Defying Stereotypes

4:10 p.m. (Ames B117)
Moderator: tba

Laura Taylor, “Queen Latifah: Breaking Expectations and Building Identity, A Feminist and Postmodern Perspective”
        Professor Shonda Goward

Kelsey Movsowitz, “Cool Girl to Crazy Bitch: The Effect of Film Adaptation and First Person Narrative on Dynamic Female Characters”
        Professor Caroline Smith