Faculty in Focus: Seriousness of Purpose and a Sense of Play

Heather Harvey, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Art + Art History Professor Harvey creates site-specific installations and objects that straddle traditional boundaries between painting, drawing, and sculpture. She is interested in hidden infrastructures and invisible ordering mechanisms—things like gravity, quantum physics, and radio waves, but also the human body, memory, and contradictory emotions like…

Coming Out of the Vulcan Closet: The Queer Appeal of Star Trek

By: Will Cohn ’22, a Communication and Media Studies major. The following work was created for FYS 101: Queer Pop Culture. Brief description: This essay explores the uniquely conducive tropes of science fiction that create indirect representations of queer experiences and characters. It demonstrates this through a closed reading of the episode “Amok Time” from…

Combating Male Superiority Within Collegiate Hookup Culture

By: Katharine DeSantis ’22, a Political Science and Philosophy double major. The following work was created for FYS 101: Feminism and the #MeToo Movement Brief description: “Combating Male Superiority Within Collegiate Hookup Culture” is an analysis on the nature of romantic relationships as seen today on college campuses. This paper strives to define “hookup culture,”…

Imitation versus Emulation: The Emergence and Significance of Greek Art in Rome

By: Rebecca Kanaskie ’21, an English major. The following work was created for ANT/ENV 107: Introduction to Environmental Archaeology. Brief description: “This essay is an attempt to explain and highlight the emergence of Greek art in Roman society as a result of diffusion and emulation rather than appropriation. It draws on specific examples from Roman…

The Monster of the Mind

By: Sarah Kelly ’22, a Business Management and Psychology double major. The following work was created for ENG 101: Literature and Composition Brief description: “Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s novel Frankensteinhas had a lasting influence on the horror genre. While Shelley’s Creature is physically characterized by a frightening and gruesome appearance, it is the horrors of reality embodied…

Waste, Water

By: James Looper, an Environmental Studies and Anthropology double major. The following work was created for ENG 201: The Art of Rhetoric. Brief description: “Waste, Water is a short documentary film that questions the culture surrounding life’s most valuable resource.” Introduction For our final project of producing a short documentary film, as well as a…

Between the Lines: Race versus Gender in American Studies and Black Women’s Writing

By: Pauline Bewermeier ’19, an American Studies major. The following work was created for AMS 400: Race, Gender, and History of American Studies. Brief description: “Between the Lines: Race Versus Gender in American Studies and Black Women’s Writing” explores the interplay of race and gender throughout the politically charged and historically chauvinistic field of American…

Dismantling Performativity in The Country Wife and The Belle’s Stragatem

By: Erin Caine ’19, an English major. The following work was created for ENG 394: Restoration Comedy. Brief description: “Following the end of the Puritan regime in England in 1660, English theater experienced a renaissance, a restoration. This essay examines two Restoration Comedy plays and the ways in which female characters gain social knowledge and…

The Impact of Conservatism, Union Membership, Age, Urbanization, and Education on Statewide Voter Turnout

By: Mai Do, a Political Science major. The following work was created for POL 401: Empirical Research Methods. There are myriad influences on voter turnout: education, party identification, income. As American society changes over time, this list only grows. Decades of surveying Americans has revealed some patterns in Americans’ voting behaviors, but societal, cultural, economic,…

Thoreau’s Dilling?

By: Julia Manaraze, a Humanities major. The following work was created for ENG 347: American Environmental Writing. Brief description: “In this essay, I sought to rectify the common misconception that Annie Dillard’s book Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is merely a “new-and-improved” Walden.  Though Dillard greatly admired Henry David Thoreau’s work and even wrote her senior…

From the Theoretical to the Practical: Tracing the Synthesis of Valentine de Saint-Point’s Artistic Theories in her Performance La Métachorie (1913)

By: Shannon Neal, an English major. The following work was created for ART 394: Women Artists. Brief description: “As is the case with most futurist women artists, little scholarship has been written on the multimedia performance art of Valentine de Saint-Point. When she is mentioned, the focus is on her two notable manifestos published in…

Coexistence of Creeds

By: Eman Simms ’19, an English and German Studies double major. The following work was created for ENG 336: Postcolonial Literature. Brief description: ” ‘Coexistence of Creeds’ examines the beneficial and adverse effects of Catholicism in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Purple Hibiscus. The essay argues that the outcome of following a religion depends on one’s…

Featured Artist: Picabo French ’19

Picabo French is a Biology and Studio Art double major. The following work was created for ART 492: Studio Art Senior Seminar. Artist statement: Amblyopia is a portrait. Amblyopia is a condition referred to commonly as a lazy eye, in which there is a misalignment in vision between the eyes that usually presents in childhood.Wound/…

Featured Artist: Dylan Grimes ’19

Dylan Grimes is a Studio Art and Biology double major. The following work was created for ART 394: Art and Language. Artist Statement: “A sound progression of the heart going through common emotions from resting to more vigorous emotions.” Dylan R. Grimes grew up in small town, Ridgely, MD. She is currently in her last…

Featured Artist: Ellie Lienert ’20

Ellie Lienert is Physics major. The following work was created for ENG 207: Intro to British Literature and Culture Artist statement: This piece is a visual interpretation of Aemelia Lanyer’s Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women that was inspired by Barbra Krueger’s pieces from the 1980s. Amelia Lanyer creates a compelling argument in her poem…

Featured Artist: Eman Simms ’19

Eman Simms is an English and German Studies double major. The following work was created for ENG 394: “The Rise of the Novel” and its Discontents. Artist statement: “This creative project consists of an illustration of protagonist Unca Winkfield from the anonymously written novel The Female American, and an accompanying gloss thereof. The illustration is…

Featured Artist: Casey Wolhar ’20

Casey Wolhar is a Studio Art and Communication and Media Studies double major. The following work was created for ART 394: Art and Language. Artist statement: “This audio piece was created by taking words about happiness and sadness and then overlapping them with my own personal phrases that have complicated meanings of both happy and…