Student Scholarship

Beling, Caitlin
Caitlin Beling's submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Conference

Benlloch, Vincent.
Reconstruction gave birth to a new form of black legal subjectivity in the context of the civil life. The conclusion of the Civil War was supposed to ensure both a de jure and de facto expansion of what it meant to be black in the U.S. context. Yet white civil society responded the death of slavery through the practice of lynching. Often read as an intimate, communitary, and deeply erotic social phenomena, lynching is often deployed in the context of building blackness as monstrosity, emasculating the black phallus, and protecting white female purity. In the short story "Going to Meet the Man," James Baldwin provides a necessary, though oft-ignored, meditation on the deep homoeroticism and fantasy of lynching for white male authority. Written in the context of burgeoning Black Power and the Civil Rights movement, I argue that Baldwin's work builds a channel between the lynching practices of the postbellum South with the violence of the modern police state, all the while expanding narratives of lynching into deeply homoerotic space, in turn providing both a corrective and new perspective on the way in which we read lynching as well as confronting white authority with its laden homosociality. In turn, we must pause at this new conception of white civil society and the often obscured territories of deeply subconscious desires for black male flesh, as Baldwin's work taps into a reconceptualization of the turn from slave to free black that passes from an issue of political economy to one of libido and rampant accumulation and consumption.

Bergman, Sydney.; Fitzpatrick, Anthony.
Our project examines how Grinnell, Iowa remembered its Civil War veterans, specifically through the content and language of obituaries written in one of Poweshiek County’s most widely read newspapers, the Grinnell Herald. Through critical examination and content analysis of these obituaries, we can discern, through the public nature of this type of commemoration, the process of mourning in Grinnell, what kind of model life and values were conveyed and what about the war was deemed worthy of being remembered or forgotten. In short, we can determine what particular value was placed on each of these men’s lives. Situated within processes of mourning and remembrance occurring nationwide (in particular touching on the scholarly debate between David Blight and Caroline Janney over how reunion and reconciliation transpired along racial lines), this analysis seeks to establish the way conceptions of value, race, and identity were formulated in Civil War veteran memory and perpetuated on a local level. Although Grinnell’s memory of the Civil War strongly vindicates the Union cause and cherishes the legacy of emancipation, the obituaries use veteran status in a way that supports white supremacy by conceding to a racial conception of citizenship and value in society, a conception that was used to unite the town in times of trouble and upheaval yet carried a racial cost. Grinnell’s experience offers insights into how memory played out elsewhere, demonstrating that even in the context of a strong emancipationist memory, the accommodation of white hegemony can contribute to racial erasure.

Boehmer, Thomas "Tad" A. W.
The project investigated an unidentified Latin manuscript in the Grinnell College Libraries Department of Special Collections and Archives. This involved analysis of physical evidence, such as binding, watermarks, and paper, as well as textual evidence, like handwriting and contractions, to make conclusions about the circumstances and context of the production of this 15th-century codex.

Boggess, Hannah.
Poland and Ireland each have some of the world's most restrictive abortion legislation, with abortion being nearly if not entirely criminalized in both countries. Their respective histories provided an ideological vacuum in which the Catholic Church filled a nationalist role, setting the stage for each country to become a modern theocracy. Both countries have a strong tendency to equate nationalism with Catholicism, and further, with traditional gender roles; this emphasis on gendered nationalism becomes a mechanism through which the male, Catholic nation-state maintains control over women. The influence of the church-state strips women of their physical, intellectual, and political agency. Restrictive abortion legislation in Ireland and Poland is an embodiment of Catholic influences and biopolitics. The state's management and control of reproduction are inseparable from how women's bodies and lives are managed and controlled. Gendered understandings of the nation are manifested at the site of the female body vis-á-vis the state's policies, and abortion access therefore becomes explicitly linked to the moral and political boundaries of the nation. I argue that the nationalist, religious rhetoric employed by the unofficial theocracy in both states coupled with a historical legacy of conservative understandings of gender enable Ireland and Poland to implicitly and explicitly deprive women of their fundamental rights; as such, women are subject to processes of regulation, discipline, and control carried out by the Irish and Polish Catholic nation-states. Both states thereby institutionalize policies and ideologies that systematically oppress women and hierarchize fetal life over the lives of women.

Borson, Amanda; Drutchas, Ethan; Lowenburg, Sara; Snow, Christian
Though it may not have been the center of the conflict, the Iowa Civil War experience was emblematic of national divisions. Iowans contributed greatly to the Union War effort both on the battlefield and home front. Many men from the town of Grinnell and students from Iowa College joined the Union Army. In fact, the majority of the freshman class of 1861 left the college to go to war. This exhibit explores not only how Grinnellians engaged in the actual war, but also how they were involved in the debate over slavery before the war and how they commemorated veterans after the War.

Bosak, Anna
The PPPE worked to encourage student participation in politics, and during the 1960s, was one of Grinnell’s largest and most successful extracurricular programs.

Bui, Anh Mai; Mutti, John "Jack" H.; Mutti, John "Jack" H.
Statutory tax rates (STRs) have reduced during the last two decades, which may suggest that host countries are competing against each other to attract foreign direct investment (FDI). At the same time, home countries are competing against each other to locate their resources in host ones with low labor costs and high returns on capital. In this research, I would like to study the inter-correlation between the STR and the FDI, thus analyzing the competition among the home countries and among the host ones. Must be logged in to view the associated files.

Burnell, Sarah; Fisher, Dylan; Roper, Jackson Montgomery, 1969-; Roper, Jackson Montgomery, 1969-
Anthropology field study of a local high school's system around the question of college readiness through a variety of contacts with recent graduates attending college and a school administrator.

Cabezas Gamarra, Cesar
Cesar Cabezas' submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Conference

Carbone, Morgan; Eckland, Carla; Fainberg, Vadim V.; Halpin-Healy, Anna; Hammond, Edith D.; Helbach, Kelly; Kaiser-Nyman, Chris; Klatt, Alexia; Mills, Lydia; Rodman, Lee; Wright, Lesley, 1957-
The catalog for the student-hosted exhibit "Animals Among Us," which appeared in the Faulconer Gallery from April 5 until June 30, 2013.

Carlino, Ryan
Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states that the freedoms and livelihoods of people throughout the world cannot be compromised or denied based on “colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.” The list of characteristics enumerated in the UDHR seems to protect members of all possible social categories; however, Article 2 fails to explicitly mention sexual orientation as a personal trait protected from discrimination and violence. By not specifically citing sexual minorities in the Declaration, the U.N. relegates to individual states the power to decide how they will treat their lesbian and gay citizens.


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