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Student Scholarship

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."

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Van Court, Rachel
Farmers hold a special place in American society. They are seen as the ultimate independent agent, experiencing the freedom of complete control over their lives and succeeding based on hard work alone. However, the level of control that farmers actually have over their environment does not reflect this ideal. The industrialization of agriculture has caused conventional farmers to be highly dependent upon external organizations, whose influence has led to environmental degradation and social changes. These changes were adopted in order to gain more control over their land, but have led to conventional farmers ceding much of their feelings of freedom and autonomy.

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Van Heeke, Thomas "Tom"
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the subsequent rise of the Russian Federation, Russian foreign policy has changed considerably. Most recently, under the presidencies of Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev, Russian foreign policy entered a period of renewed assertiveness, growing disagreement with the West, and closer formal ties to China. At the same time, the world and its politics have changed considerably, as well. Even before the epic financial crisis of 2008 crippled the economies and tarnished the apparent invincibility of the Western powers, the world began to sense that the United States and the broader West had slipped into the incipient stages of decline from global prominence. By the middle of the last decade, American hegemony no longer seemed quite as inevitable, insurmountable, or indefinite, while China’s rise became more inescapable and more breathtaking. Against the backdrop of these changes in Russian foreign policy and the international environment, this paper considers how the Russian people feel about the world around them and about the two most significant actors in it (the United States and China).

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Vanacek, Anya; Caulkins, Douglas
By integrating the emotional realities of the separate narratives into one that celebrates its diversity yet promotes trust and bridges between the now separate communities, can Derry not only to successfully “rewrite” its past, but redirect its economic and social future?

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Vanney, Kathryn
The catalog of an exhibition by the same name that was installed to celebrate the release of a new edtion of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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Vanney, Kathryn; Elliott, Thomas
The catalog of an exhibition by the same name which was produced as part of a Rosenfield Symposium focusing on corn.

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Weitekamp, Sarah
After being annexed by the Soviet Union in 1940, Lithuania was the only Soviet republic with a majority Roman Catholic population. Unlike its Lutheran-majority Baltic neighbors, Estonia and Latvia, religion remained a visible part of Lithuania’s national rhetoric, with the Catholic church eventually helping to spawn an active dissident movement and later assisting with Lithuania’s movement for independence. This project seeks to understand the shifting relationship between the KGB and the Church throughout the Soviet period, using Russian-language KGB archive documents and English translations of the Lithuanian Catholic Church's illegal dissident publication to understand how these two opposing groups coexisted and communicated with one another. I argue that while the KGB succeeding in controlling the official institutional apparatus of the Lithuanian Catholic Church, its failure to prevent non-official manifestations of Catholic belief paved the way for the eventual formation of a nationalist Catholic dissident movement in Lithuania

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Wenndt, Anthony J.
Anthony Wenndt's submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Student Conference

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Wenndt, Anthony J.
This play brings to light critical issues regarding the realization of law in the agricultural context. The 2009 Kyrgyz law “On Pastures” formally reinstated the customary, communal system of pasture usage practiced by Kyrgyz herders throughout history. However even today, 6 years after the law’s implementation, there remains a disparity between pasture users and those administrative bodies tasked with managing pasture resources. The objective of this play is to evoke critical thought and dialogue around this issue. The uniqueness of this piece is its incorporation of the real voice of the pasture user, giving the play especial meaning and resonance. It was of utmost importance to the author to preserve the qualities of ordinary speech, which might be heard on the pastures among users themselves. Any farmer’s voice herein was taken directly from the mouths of pasture users (or translated literally from the Russian in the case of the English and Kyrgyz versions) encompassing an orthography, lexicon, and phonetic character reminiscent of pastoralist chatter in its original form.

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Wenndt, Anthony J.
This play brings to light critical issues regarding the realization of law in the agricultural context. The 2009 Kyrgyz law “On Pastures” formally reinstated the customary, communal system of pasture usage practiced by Kyrgyz herders throughout history. However even today, 6 years after the law’s implementation, there remains a disparity between pasture users and those administrative bodies tasked with managing pasture resources. The objective of this play is to evoke critical thought and dialogue around this issue. The uniqueness of this piece is its incorporation of the real voice of the pasture user, giving the play especial meaning and resonance. It was of utmost importance to the author to preserve the qualities of ordinary speech, which might be heard on the pastures among users themselves. Any farmer’s voice herein was taken directly from the mouths of pasture users (or translated literally from the Russian in the case of the English and Kyrgyz versions) encompassing an orthography, lexicon, and phonetic character reminiscent of pastoralist chatter in its original form.

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Wenndt, Anthony J.; Abdygazieva, Jyldyz
This play brings to light critical issues regarding the realization of law in the agricultural context. The 2009 Kyrgyz law “On Pastures” formally reinstated the customary, communal system of pasture usage practiced by Kyrgyz herders throughout history. However even today, 6 years after the law’s implementation, there remains a disparity between pasture users and those administrative bodies tasked with managing pasture resources. The objective of this play is to evoke critical thought and dialogue around this issue. The uniqueness of this piece is its incorporation of the real voice of the pasture user, giving the play especial meaning and resonance. It was of utmost importance to the author to preserve the qualities of ordinary speech, which might be heard on the pastures among users themselves. Any farmer’s voice herein was taken directly from the mouths of pasture users (or translated literally from the Russian in the case of the English and Kyrgyz versions) encompassing an orthography, lexicon, and phonetic character reminiscent of pastoralist chatter in its original form.

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Wert, Adam; Roberts, Tyler T., 1960-; Roberts, Tyler T., 1960-
Presents an argument for a deconstructive approach to a comparison of the theology of John Caputo and Rowan Williams

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Whalen, Erin
Erin Whalen's submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Student Conference

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Wlos, Joseph M.
Since the 1600s, legal experts have defined common carriers as commercial services with important private and public roles, requiring government regulation to ensure equal treatment of customers. Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates some, but not all, Internet service providers as common carriers, a legal classification that ensures net neutrality, an important protection for Internet content companies and consumers. However, the FCC has struggled to enforce net neutrality, because the FCC’s poor classification decisions have conflicted with the FCC’s statutorily mandated powers. First, this paper examines the quirky historical development of common carrier status. Second, this paper argues that Congress’s circular language in the Communications Act of 1934 has been the greatest obstacle to the successful enforcement of net neutrality. To prevent future regulatory struggles over this vital consumer protection, this paper concludes that two solutions offer the best long-term hope for securing net neutrality: a legislative update of the common carrier classification in the Communications Act of 1934 and or a First Amendment legal campaign against content blocking and discrimination on the Internet.

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Wong, Rebecca
As happens so often in history, cultures and religions collide and become inevitably intertwined. Hong Kong was no exception and served as a religious melting pot combining elements from both the east and west. Following the First Opium War and British occupation of Hong Kong, Christianity gained a strong foothold within the region. However, Christianity's increasing popularity did not result in a decrease in popularity in the folk religions of Hong Kong, including ancestor worship. Because Christianity did not displace ancestor worship, religious plurality is a topic of contention for many Christian religious authorities who regard certain aspects of ancestor worship, including worship of ancestors and the potential “superstitious” meanings behind certain practices, as incompatible with Christianity. Thus, many Hong Kongese have struggled to relinquish ancestor worship traditions that date back centuries while attempting to be devout Christians. However, my own upbringing and my father’s seamless integration of ancestor worship with Christianity made me wonder whether or not these two religions needed to be practiced exclusively. By consulting various religious authorities’ texts, both historical and modern-day, I found that there are a variety of methods and ways to interpret ancestor worship that allow the two to be compatible, and ultimately, the individual will need to determine the reasoning behind one’s own practices before deciding to commit faithfully to both.

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Grinnell College Terms of Occupancy for Residence HallsGr

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Program from concert on December 9, 2006, with works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Britten, Tormis and Gorecki.

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Alumni memories of Grinnell College reveal the importance of social spaces and the centrality of the people at Grinnell to creating a sense of place.

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This report is the culmination of a semester long research project conducted during the spring of 2006 by ten Grinnell College students, under the supervision of Professor Jonathan Andelson, to investigate reasons for and the possibility of increasing the quantity of locally-produced food served in the college dining halls. The project focused on seven topics: environmental impact, nutrition, dining service logistics, producer logistics, economic impact, student opinion, and local foods at public schools. The study found that serving locally produced food in the Grinnell College dining halls is a viable option for the College. The purpose of this study is to provide a foundation for the understanding of the issues behind the local food situation at Grinnell and encourage the future development of this system.

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