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Selected academic work created by students at Grinnell College, including research papers, research posters, creative work, and related materials. Mentored Advanced Projects provide students opportunity to work closely with a faculty member on scholarly research or the creation of a work of art. The Frederick Baumann Prize was established in 1993 and funded by David '51 and Audrey Lowe '52 Hammer. It honors Frederick Baumann, professor of history at Grinnell from 1927 to 1954, and is awarded each spring to the student who writes the best interdisciplinary and historical essay on the general topic of "Ideas and Society."

Kulik, Rebecca
Rebecca Kulik's submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Student Conference

Kuure-Kinsey, Anna
This video is designed for college students preparing to study abroad. It contains information about the differences in nonverbal communication that they might encounter abroad. Once the students are aware of this information, they are better prepared to adjust their behavior while abroad, if needed. The video is also intended to be watched before returning to the home country, to prepare for reverse culture shock that a student might also encounter

Landorf, Brittany
Brittany Landorf's submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Student Conference

Lee, Olivia
Olivia Lee's submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Student Conference

Lee, Seantasia.
Short film created for Adrian Khactu's class in Spring of 2015 shows a variety of people and couples in the Joseph Rosenfield Center on the Grinnell College campus.

Lenertz, Diane
The catalog of an exhibit by the same name which focuses on Hopkins' experience as a Grinnell student and his contributions to the New Deal.

Leo, Isabella
Isabella Leo's submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Student Conference

Levin, Aaron Israel.
For me, I Must Be Sure represents the culmination of my studies in music composition throughout my time at Grinnell, marking my first serious excursion into writing a piece for orchestra. I had written works for smaller chamber ensembles before, but I was initially overwhelmed by the sheer size of the orchestra. Because of the massive scope of the project, I struggled with writer’s block, not knowing how to best dive into composing for the GSO. Many different ideas came and went, but nothing quite seemed to work. Eventually, I stumbled upon the Beatles song, If I Fell, which was one of my favorites as a kid. As I listened to the song, I was very moved by its themes of struggle and indecision—themes that applied to my current struggle with my orchestra piece. To me, If I Fell explores the difficulty of making a decision, not quite knowing what the implications of that decision may be. Compositions are written by making a thousand little (but always important) decisions—which note, which harmony, which rhythm, which instrument—these and countless other elements have to be chosen in order to write a composition. Since I related so strongly to these themes, I decided to use melodic fragments from the original Beatles song as a framework for my own piece. In many ways, I Must Be Sure (a line from the Beatles song), is a retelling of If I Fell, except that, rather than detailing the struggles with a romantic relationship, my work looks into the struggles with creating a piece of music. This idea is evident in the accelerating rhythms and complex textures in the piece. Towards the end, there is some notion of triumph over this struggle, a sense of overcoming; but, in the piece’s final section, with the rising melodic motif, the narrative seems to question itself again, perhaps admitting that nothing is ever truly certain, and that the struggle with decision/indecision, especially within a creative context, is a fundamental part of the artistic process.

Lindstrom, Jake
Jake Lindstrom's submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Student Conference

Lobanov-Rostovsky, Sophie
Short film made for Adrian Khactu's Spring 2013 film studies class set in the mail room examining the gaze through the mail boxes.

Lucas, Leah
Leah Lucas' submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Student Conference

Maloney, Joseph
Although economists in recent years have begun to apply economic theory to the activities of religious organizations, very few have ventured deeply into the realm of the Roman Catholic Church and almost none have considered the confluence between Internal Labor Market Theory and the promotional job ladder for ordained Catholic clergyman. This analysis explores the implications of the Catholic Church’s internal promotional ladder on its level of theological flexibility and hence its ability to adjust to changing market conditions. Specifically, by treating the Catholic Church as an organization subject to many of the same market forces as ordinary business firms, the research presented in this analysis shows how much of the “crisis” the church is confronting in the modern era—such as the rapid decline in the number of priests—can be explained by microeconomic structures that have developed over the past two millennia. At the broadest level, this analysis offers a new paradigm for viewing resistance to change in the church and provides a model for understanding the long-term implications of inflexibility on the viability of the church as an institution.

Matzdorf, Ashlen
My MAP furthered my exploration of ceramics, as a means of producing functional pieces that stand apart from ordinary, generic dinnerware sets. My goal was to bring a quality of artistic sophistication to a ritual we experience every day – consuming food off of hand-built yet functional works of art. My set includes five matching dinner plates, dessert plates, bowls, cups and mugs that were thrown using cone-10 clay. Additionally, I made two larger forms for serving food, a platter and a bowl. I believe this project produced works of art embodying craft and quality suitable to be displayed individually in a gallery. When all of the ceramic forms are brought together as a unified dinnerware set, it connects the artist's spirit with a unique dining ritual.

McClelland, David R.
Consists of the Music 495 Senior Project proposal and the products of the project including the program from the public performance, movies, photos, music and text.

McClelland, David R.; Chenette, Jonathan L.; Chenette, Jonathan L.
Paper reporting on Mentored Advanced Project; 2 MAP posters; recital poster and program; 3 WAV sound recordings

Mulopulos, Sam
Sam Mulopulos' submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Student Conference

Nelson, Eleanor F.
We examined the relation between sex and relationship education, communication, and prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) among college-aged women. We hypothesized that (a) women who received more comprehensive sex and relationship education would report fewer IPV experiences, (b) women who received their sex and relationship education from certain sources would report fewer instances of IPV, and (c) women who communicated more with partners would experience fewer instances of IPV. The study consisted of a survey completed by 48 women at a liberal arts college regarding their IPV history, sex and relationship education, and communication with partners. The first hypothesis was not supported; however, the results showed that women who did not receive their education from a medical professional and women who communicated more with their partner experienced fewer instances of IPV. These results suggest the need for additional research into types of education as tools for preventing IPV and the importance of communication within relationships.

Nelson, Micah
This paper examines how the legacies of assassinated individuals are preserved in the collective consciousness of America. While these legacies are deeply ingrained in national thought, they have been constructed in ways that are radically different from reality. They have been appropriated, as American society has simplified, changed, or ignored the actual beliefs and actions of these assassinated figures. Case studies of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy illustrate this. The metamorphosis of legacy described here does not occur out of ignorance and is not a product of collective action. Rather, it reflects elite control in America, as a small group of individuals influence the agents of socialization associated with instilling impressions of these figures (i.e. media and school system). The implications of the elite-controlled social appropriation of legacy are discussed in the context of the implementation of democratic governance.

Porter, Stephanie; Grinnell College Libraries. Archives
The catalog of an exhibition by the same name that examines physical and philosophical explration in fiction and nonfiction literature.

Quinn-Elmore, Aurora
Aurora Quinn-Elmore's submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Student Conference


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