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…

Volume XXVI, Issue 1 Contributors

Pauline Bewermeier ’19 is a visiting exchange student and German teaching assistant from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. An American Studies major and Cultural Anthropology minor, she is fascinated by different cultures and learning new languages. Her year at Washington College has been invaluable regarding both her studies and the opportunity to share her own culture and…

Special Feature: Worst Sentence Contest

For the 2018 National Day on Writing we asked Washington College students to write down the worst sentences possible. This included found sentences, phrases from memory, and original content. Here are our top ten: “8:30am [classes] are fun and they add value to my life.” —Sophie Grabiec ’20 “Their our know rules.” —Katy Shenk ’21…

Faculty in Focus: Scientific Writing is Challenging and Can Inspire Change

Robin Van Meter, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science/Studies and Biology. Dr. Van Meter researches the effects of environmental pollution on amphibians and reptiles and teaches a range of courses including Applied Ecology, General Zoology, General Biology II, Conservation, and Wetlands Ecology. Her current scholarship investigates the effects of pesticides and fertilizers on juvenile leopard frogs….

The Effects of Capitalism on American Health

By: Maggie Witham. Written as part of the First-Year Seminar “The Raw, the Cooked, the Processed” The average American has been coerced into an extremely unhealthy diet by the dominating companies in the food industry. Bombarded with advertisements for fried, sugary, and processed foods, people tend to gravitate to these unnatural products and ignore the…

“Dark Humor” and the Facilitation of Hatred

By: Elizabeth Collins. Written as part of the First-Year Seminar “The Power of Language Ideologies” 1. Introduction Although social media outlets such as Reddit promote participatory media practices which provide grounds for productive, democratic discourse, these sites also have the potential to foster discourses of hatred against marginalized groups, especially given the anonymity these sites…

Thought Control in Brazil and Parable of the Sower

By: Rian Van Tassell. Written as part of the First-Year Seminar “Dystopia on the Page, Stage, and Screen” “Until one of them becomes a leader most will follow, or a tyrant most fear.” (Butler 103). In reading dystopian novels, one may begin to wonder why a character makes certain choices or realize that sometimes characters…

Making and Breaking a Family in “Wiseguy”

By: Sarah Bowden. Written as part of the First-Year Seminar “The Business of Organized Crime” Wiseguy is a detailed portrayal of the mafia as seen through the eyes of Henry Hill, who was part of a mafia for over twenty years.  Between the everyday crimes and the routine killings, the mafia members had each other’s…

The Difficulty of Being Good

By: Saoirse   “No man-made law ever, no matter whether derived from the past or projected onto a distant, unforeseeable future, can or should ever be empowered to claim that it is greater than the Natural Law from which it stems and to which it must inevitably return in the eternal rhythm of creation and…

Dance in Nazi Germany

By: Caroline Cox. Written as part of the course “Dance History: Concert Dance” In the early 20thcentury, prior to the election of Hitler as chancellor in 1933, Germany built the roots for today’s modern dance style. With the sensation of Ausdruckstanz, or Expression Dance, prolific choreographers such as Rudolf von Laban and Mary Wigman got…

We Are Our Own Demise: the Risk of Ignorance in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Red Badge of Courage, and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

By: Annalie Buscarino. Written as part of the course “Intro to American Literature” “Don’t run no resk,” Jim warns Huck in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Ironically, both Jim and Huck, among other renowned literary characters, actively court risk into their own lives.The characters of the books The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain,…