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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."

Redford, Hugh; Caulkins, Douglas; Caulkins, Douglas
Presentation of research done for Mentored Advanced Project (MAP)in Anthropology on self-governance at Grinnell College

Romodan, Hanan; Whisenhunt, Amber
Poweshiek Animal League Shelter (P.A.L.S.) started in 2004 with a group of volunteers and has continued to depend on volunteers through its development.

Rothe, Thomas Eigil; Packard, Marie (Hannah Marie); Grinnell College. Anthropology
This study was interesting to examine how identity is tied to place. Positioned in the minds of those that give it meaning, “sense of place issues in a stream of symbolically drawn particulars-the visible particulars of local topographies, the personal particulars of biographical associations, and the notional particulars of socially given systems of thought” (Basso 1996:144). In other words, movement within a landscape will assign meaning to different places in that area. Meaning arises from interactions with the landscape-whether it be oral traditions tied to places within a place or events that happen in a place within recent time. As identity develops around place, “without hegemony, means and meaning may never come together, landscape representation may never become a reality, and social conflict will be open as space remains contested” (Harner 2001:676) and power can be exerted through the naming of “geographical entities, most particularly over the way in which places, their inhabitants and their social functions get represented” (Harvey 1990:419).So, we began to shape our study with this in mind.

Rudy, Margaret (Meg)
Explores the role of the New York African Free Schools in the development of the black pursuit of liberty and equality in New York state. Paper written for "Politics of the Early Republic" in Fall 2013. Winner, 2014 Phi Beta Kappa Scholars’ Award.

Russell, Zasha
According to the International Labor Organization, a United Nations Agency, an estimated 1.39 million people are currently victims of sex trafficking (US Department of State 2009:8). The very secrecy and silence involved with the sex trade, however, obscures these numbers. Most likely there exist many more not included in these statistics. Sex trafficking is a prevalent, dangerous, ever-growing issue that is putting people's lives at risk.

Saffold, Demarco.
The long term consequences of capitalism and colonization have contributed to a separation of economic, social, and political conceptions between first and third world countries. This division is reinforced through first world entertainment and prevents spectators from perceiving indigenous people outside of a colonizing gaze. In this paper, I examine how first world films provide the spectator with false feelings of utopia by obscuring the violent relationship between capitalism and colonization. As an example of a film that subverts this model, I turn to Jorge Furtado's Isle of Flowers (1989), which works to reconstruct the spectator's perception of different subjects in the third world through a postcolonial framework. The film’s awareness of confliction between Portuguese colonizers and the indigenous people of Brazil introduces spectators to the convoluted history associated with colonization. Isle of Flowers begins to work at deconstructing what first world entertainment supports; instead of concealing these issue, spectators intervene through the eye of the camera. Postcolonial framework becomes the necessary tool Isle of Flowers applies to remodel how spectators view the third world. I contend since third world production techniques are distinct from the first world, Isle of Flowers functions as a strong example of third cinema, a democratizing piece that allows spectators to have a new perspective.

Sagin, Hannah
Hannah Sagin's submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Student Conference

Schafer, Julia.
Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are agricultural operations where animals are kept and raised in confined situations where they are, or will be, “stabled or confined and fed or maintained for a total of 45 days or more in any 12-month period,” and which do not contain crops or vegetation over any portion of the facility (US EPA; Animal Feeding Operations). Livestock production is personal, often tied closely with ideals of heritage, livelihood, and property rights, and this shared relationship with agricultural actually unites all those involved in this conflict.

Schafer, Julia.
This project expanded my studies of religion to consider the ways in which religious communities are included or excluded from American public life. As a religious studies major I have spent a lot of time considering the different religious traditions around the world and how they each have occupied and traversed the globe, specifically spending a lot of my studies learning about religion in the history and public sphere of Asia, but I have spent very little time studying religion in America. This project gave me the opportunity to unpack the ways that religion exists in American public life and allowed me to examine the ways in which dominant publics in the U.S, like the secular and liberal public we participate in at Grinnell College, create conditional participation for certain identities like Muslim Americans.

Scheibel, Jordan
This guide will help you learn to identify wild plants that live in the Grinnell, Iowa area and determine which are edible

Shepard, Kathleen Ann, 1987-; Shields, Nora L.; Tipayamongkol, Natti; Dahlberg, Molly M.; Kim, Ben; Moulton, Nicholas W.; Jerndal, Emma C.; Hagen-Atwell, Hannah; Rein, Laura E.; Kramer, Paul F.; Henning, Amy M.
Concert program for recital on November 9, 2006. Katie Shepard, flute; Nora Shields, flute; Natti Tipayamongkol, piano; Molly Dahlberg, soprano; Ben Kim, piano; Nicholas Moulton, flute; Emma Jerndal, flute; Hannah Hagan-Atwell, oboe; Amy Henning, clarinet; Laura Rein, horn; and Paul Kramer, bassoon.

Shrestha, Ami
Ami Shrestha's Davis Peace Project undertaking. Focused on bringing education to young Tibetan monks.

Shrestha, Prakriti
Kidney transplantation is a relatively new and rapidly growing treatment modality in Nepal. Disparities in access to care are greatly amplified in a developing country like Nepal due to social factors such as gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background; however, disparities in access to living donor kidney transplantation (LDKT) have not been reported since its establishment in Nepal. We analyzed retrospective data from one of the two active transplant centers in Nepal to assess factors that affect access to LDKT. Demographics of 137 kidney transplant recipients and their donors were compared to demographics for the general population of Nepal as ascertained from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS). Men comprised 82% of the recipients but only 30% of the donors. There is a higher proportion of 'higher castes' (Chhetris and Newars) in the transplant cohort compared to the general population. The central region and adjoining regions are disproportionately represented among recipients. Socially marginalized groups such as women and lower caste groups are underrepresented in the transplant cohort. Similarly, patients farther from the transplant centers, both of which are in central Nepal, are also underrepresented in the transplant cohort.

Snodgrass, Samantha.
Surface runoff has been increasing in quantity and decreasing in quality as more land is converted into impermeable surface. The consequences of which are increased hazards and severity of flooding, danger around waterways, and health issues to communities downstream. Management of stormwater with conservation practices can reduce runoff volume, speed, and pollution, which can mitigate the consequences of urbanization. Such practices include the use of greenroofs, permeable pavement, and rain gardens. While such practices have been shown to be effective, prohibitive costs and negative public opinion can stop such actions before they start. In our study, we researched the potential for these practices to be included on Grinnell College’s campus. To do so, we interviewed key stakeholders, reviewed literature, measured the widths of local streams, and conducted a pilot survey on landscape opinions. We found that local streams have widened compared to historical measures, suggesting that practices could benefit Grinnell. However based on the pilot survey, if these practices are to be used, they have to overcome preconceptions about native plants. Residents look for connection to the landscape and thus need to be provided welcoming spaces to engage with the outdoors. Furthermore, education will play a key part in helping residents understand the purpose of any changes and new practices. If these new practices can gain some educational backing and be maintained properly to prevent weedy appearances, these practices could successfully be implemented on Grinnell College’s campus.

Stamm, Laura
In this paper, I map out an analysis of two queer films: Bruce LaBruce’s The Raspberry Reich (2004) and Ulrike Ottinger’s Freak Orlando (1981). I examine both films’ representations of revolutionary desire and contextualize these images within the framework of the antisocial turn in queer theory.

Stamm, Laura
In 1992, B. Ruby Rich coined the term New Queer Cinema to describe a cycle of films in the late 1980s and early 1990s that broke with conventional cinematic practices to show rethought subjectivities, generic subversions, and revised histories. New Queer Cinema, however, saw little of the same bursts of innovative directors and their films after 1992. This lag in revolutionary filmmaking left many evaluating queer cinema’s current state, even mourning the supposed end of New Queer Cinema. In this paper, I argue that queer filmmaking is not void of revolutionary potential; it is more that the driving force behind these films has changed. Instead of acting in opposition to a conservative government that failed to respond to the AIDS crisis, current queer work resists the normalizing effects of today’s neoliberal government. A cycle study of recent queer films reveals this driving revolutionary force.

Stamm, Laura
This essay seeks to provide a re-articulation of eating disorders’ history using feminist historiography—a type of feminist historiography in which lived experiences serve not as evidence for a theorization but as a starting point for historicizing the discourses and structures that shape each experience. I look to feminist historiography as a way of countering the masculinist, institutionalized scientific discourses that have been used to define eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia. Limited conceptions of eating disorders that focus on individual deviation deny the multivalency and complexity of disorder eating. Using my own experiences as a starting point, I historically map eating disorders within their cultural contexts to demonstrate that temporally specific discursive practices shape anorexia, bulimia, and other disorders not otherwise specified. Understanding eating disorders as shaped by structural forces opens up possibilities for new types of eating disorder treatment that do not construct eating disorders as private, secretive issues but make them an issue for public concern and discussion. Eating disorders are a collective problem with a collective history(ies); we need collective solutions that address each person’s own participation/implication in the sociocultural discourses that create eating disorders.

Takawira, Desire
There is an old expression in Zimbabwe that well articulates how people feel in the current situation: “Madziro ane nzeve (Shona for 'Walls have ears').” I am tired of these walls that people claim can hear. I need to speak my mind, without fear, without looking over my shoulder.

Tenorio, Roselle.
The purpose of my research was to identify the barriers that rural food pantries face in trying to provide food security to their clients. I identified possible barriers that clients could face both externally and internally. I also adapted from the USDA’s module for measuring food security, questions that measure food security, these combined with questions about specific barriers were developed into a survey for the food pantry clients of the Mid-Iowa Community Action Center. I used two levels of food security, level 1 meaning more food secure and level 2 meaning less food secure, I cross tabulated and completed a chi-square test for each of these relative measurements of food security with each barrier: transportation, food preparation knowledge, access to food appliances, availability of bread and milk programs, and food choice. Many rural pantry clients face different barriers than that of an urban client, so it was not surprising that I found the most significant barrier was an external one, transportation. The next most significant barrier was an internal one, the availability of milk vouchers. As MICA transitions into a food choice pantry and adjusts the voucher programs, the information gathered from the survey will give voice to the clients about the barriers they are experiencing.

Tidd, Lauren.
An examination of the Forum and JRC grills using interviews and GIS data suggests that both architecture and experience are important and interrelated factors that shape perceptions of atmosphere, with experience playing a particularly influential role for people who have memories that they associate with place.


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