Seniors from the Department of English and Communications will give thesis presentations on a variety of cultural topics drawn from popular contemporary novels, classic literature, fairy tales, television shows, movies, video games and social media, among others.
Students presenting from 9 a.m. to noon include:
- Julia Morisi: "Blurring Borders: Examining the Occupation of Palestinian and Israeli Narratives in the Works of Sayed Kashua"
- Juliette Livingston: "Evaluating Social Media as a Tool for Positive Body Image"
- Katie Persechino: "@ctress to @ctivist: Sophia Bush’s Activism & Self-Branding Through Twitter"
- Caitlin Downing: "Gender in Black and White: Examining Interracial Relationships in ShondaLand"
- Stephanie Menders: "Tracing the Macho Constellation: Categorizing Hypermasculine Discourse in Platinum Age TV Dramas"
Students presenting from 1:30-4 p.m. include:
- Gabriella Rodriguez: "Islamophobia in 140 Characters or Less: Political Discourse on Twitter Following the 2016 Election and the EU Referendum"
- Carly Perini: "The Thread to the Threshold: An Exploration of Changing Characters and Altered Realities"
- Meghan Sullivan: “'Hey Guys, What’s Poppin?': How YouTube Video Loggers Broadcast Their Expertis"
- Allison Graham: "Monsters Tell Stories Too: The Uncanny in Literature and its Disrupting of Convenient Narratives"
- Matthew Levine: "'Poor little rich girl, what does she know about misery?': The Symbolism and Significance of Rose in James Cameron’s Titanic"
- Kevin Onofreo: "Punching Neo-Nazis, Overthrowing Regimes, and Other Things to do in Star-Spangled Spandex: Marvel’s Cinematic Universe in the 21st Century"