Student Scholarship

Grinnell Identities
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.
Performing, Practicing and Organizing Liberty: New York's African Free Schools and the Black Activist Community, 1786-1832
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.
States’ Roles in Sex Trafficking: Complicity and Promotion or Peace?
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.
Sagin, Hannah (author)
They Gotta Deal With It: Individual Rights, Public Welfare, and the Regulation of Deviance in Public Spaces
Hannah Sagin's submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Student Conference
A Beginner's Guide to Wild Edible Plants in the Grinnell Area
This guide will help you learn to identify wild plants that live in the Grinnell, Iowa area and determine which are edible
Shelton, Garrett P. (author)
A Mandate for Hypocrisy: The Black Studies Major at Grinnell College
This is an essay chronicling the history of the black studies major at Grinnell College, with an emphasis on the reasons it had such a short career. It also provides an overview of the CBS Manifesto of 1971.
Shepard, Kathleen Ann, 1987- (author); Shields, Nora L. (author); Tipayamongkol, Natti (author); Dahlberg, Molly M. (author); Kim, Ben (author); Moulton, Nicholas W. (author); Jerndal, Emma C. (author); Hagen-Atwell, Hannah (author); Rein, Laura E. (author); Kramer, Paul F. (author); Henning, Amy M. (author)
Music Department Applied Studios Student Recital
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.
Peace in the Mountains
Ami Shrestha's Davis Peace Project undertaking. Focused on bringing education to young Tibetan monks.
Shrestha, Prakriti
Access to Living Donor Kidney Transplantation in Nepal
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.
Stormwater and Landscaping on Grinnell College's Campus
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 (author)
Exploring the Antisocial Thesis in Queer Theory
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 (author)
Personal Problems Are Political Problems: The Gendered History of Disordered Eating
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.
New Queer Cinema Today: Film and the critique of neoliberalism
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.
Speaking Without Fear: How Did Zimbabwe Come to This?
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.
Food Security Barriers for Rural Food Pantry Clients
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.
Perceptions of the Forum and JRC Grills: architectural and experiential approaches to atmosphere
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.
Van Court, Rachel (author)
American Farmer: Industrialization, Myth, and Autonomy in Iowa’s Corn Belt
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.
Van Heeke, Thomas "Tom" (author)
Russian Public Opinion: Mass Perspectives on the United States and China in 2010
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).
A New Story : Unifying Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland U.K.'s Competing Narratives
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?
Today's Twain
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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