Aerial view of campus with Williamsport, the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Mountain as a backdrop

Lycoming Undergraduate Humanities Research Conference Program

Saturday, April 1, 2023

Check-in opens 8:30 a.m.
Humanities Research Center, Academic Center/Wendle Hall, 2nd Floor C-201

Coffee with Continental Breakfast, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Academic Center, 2nd Floor Lobby

Panels and Presentations
(Academic Center, 2nd Floor)

Session 1 (9:30 - 10:45 a.m.)

Translation, Transformation, and Tradition
9:30-10:45 a.m.

  1. “Why the Mic Drops: Analyzing African American Hip-Hop as an Historical Archive 1964-1989”
    — Jacob Hoover, Susquehanna University
  2. “A Glimpse through the Window: Translation from Spanish to English”
    — Kaitlynn Mangrum and Rei Saar, Lycoming College
  3. “Rebellious Reconstruction”
    — Brendon Blackson, Lycoming College
  4. “An African American Odyssey: Reclaiming the History of the Siffords”
    — Nicholas Sifford, Juniata College

Children Are Our Future
9:30-10:45 a.m.

  1. “Never Grow Up: A Study of Aging Pop Stars”
    —Megan Flanagan, Kutztown University
  2. “The Cause and Cycle of Child Labor in Mexico”
    —Jeovannee Castillo, Lycoming College
  3. “Aesthetics and the Labor of College Diversification: The Lessons of Social Movements”
    —Gabriella Diaz, Bucknell University
  4. “Why Liberal Education Belongs in Elementary Schools”
    —Emily Sanchez, University of Scranton

Ancient Greece and Rome
9:30-10:45 a.m.

  1. “Aeschylus: A Man of His Generation”
    — John Falcone, Lycoming College
  2. “An Androgynous God: Beardless Dionysus in Ancient Greek and Roman Art”
    — Dorian Hansen, Susquehanna University
  3. “Patterned Paths: The Use of Mosaics within Cypriot Hellenistic and Roman Culture”
    — Aubrey Chambers, Lycoming College
  4. “BPD: Borderline Personality Dulcitius”
    — Haley Millard, Lycoming College

Session 2 (11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)

Masculinity and Morality
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

  1. “Shakespeare’s Characterization of Ideal Leadership through Henry V and Richard III
    —Sarah Lanphear, Lycoming College
  2. “The Familial Tensions in Mar Adentro
    —Grace A. Messer, Grove City College
  3. “The Anti-David”
    —Becky Wisdom, Lycoming College
  4. “Zhenren Studies”
    —Zhaojun Zhai, Johns Hopkins University

Mid-Atlantic History & Culture
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

  1. “The Rise, the Fall, and the Legacy of the Tucker ’48”
    —Brian Standfest, Juniata College
  2. “French Margaret’s Town”
    —Landon Corbin, Lycoming College
  3. “‘This Is Putrid, I Want in’: The Formation of the Early Pittsburgh Punk Scene, 1979-1982”
    —Sophia Pagano, Slippery Rock University
  4. “The Robotic Iconographer: An Investigation and Robotic Recreation of Scranton’s Icons”
    —John Nelson, University of Scranton

Early Feminism
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

  1. “Female Agency and Voice in the Receptions of Ovid's Callisto
    —Madeline Neway, Wilson College
  2. “The Severing of the Pentangle: Gender and Sexuality in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    —Isabella Brignola, Shippensburg University
  3. “Medieval Womanhood: Virtue, Agency, and Courtly Life in The Song of Roland
    —Estelle Graham, Grove City College
  4. “Feminist Thomist Reception: How Does Aquinas’ Theological Anthropology Intersect with Modern Feminist Theological Conceptions of the Self Relating to the Hierarchy of Gender?”
    —Catherine Momjian, Eastern University

Extremism and War
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

  1. “Power Dynamics in Viking Age Ireland”
    —Abigail O’Connor, Lycoming College
  2. “Analyzing and Proving a Relationship between Christian Religious Ideology and Domestic Violent Extremism in the United States”
    —Holly O’Donald, Mercyhurst University
  3. “Tyranny, Crusades, and Conflict: Cyprus in the Late Twelfth Century”
    —Briana Bell, Lycoming College
  4. “The Unbreakable Code”
    —Skylar Blackbull, McDaniel College

Lunch Break

12:15-1:45 p.m.

Session 3 (1:45 - 3:00 p.m.)

Ethics and Philosophy
1:45-3:00 p.m.

  1. “The Epigenetic Role of Ethical Cognitive Development”
    —Kyle Perreault, Millersville University
  2. “The Iranian Kidney Market: An Ethical Nightmare”
    —Lena Mardini, Ramapo College of New Jersey
  3. “Theories of Consciousness and the Evolution of Consciousness”
    —Morgan Clouser, Lycoming College
  4. “Resilience: Vulnerabilist or Invulnerabilist”
    —Michael P. Griffith, Slippery Rock University

Modern and Contemporary Feminism
1:45-3:00 p.m.

  1. “La Révolution des Femmes: How Women Shaped the French Revolution (1789-1799)”
    —Brooke Hegenbarth, Susquehanna University
  2. “‘Rouse Yourselves Against Fascism’: Women's Writing Tactics and the Antifascist Movement in Interwar Britain”
    —Natalie Tulone, Widener University
  3. “Almost Feminists: 1960s Los Angeles Groupies”
    —Meaghan Grennan, Juniata College
  4. “The Influence of French Feminist Theories on Chinese Feminism: Tributes, Borrowings and Transformations since the Early Twentieth Century (L'influence du féminisme français sur le féminisme chinois: hommages, emprunts et transformations depuis le XXe siècle)”
    —Lucy Lu Cai, Lafayette College

Realities of Colonization
1:45-3:00 p.m.

  1. “Haiti is Dead and God Killed Her: Resilient Theologies and Applications of Postcolonial Thought”
    —Xiomara Jean-Louis, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  2. “Many Ways to Kill: Settler Colonialism and the Genocide of Indigenous Peoples”
    —Margaret Riley, Arcadia University
  3. “The Myth of the British ‘Civilizing Mission’ Present in Pear’s Soap Ads”
    —Harold Domville, Slippery Rock University
  4. “Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: The Impact of Historical Policy”
    —Clara M. Downey, University of Scranton

Session 4 (3:15-4:30 p.m.)

Art and History
3:15-4:30 p.m.

  1. “‘A pretty woman is not allways a fool:’ Sensibility & Performance in Portraits of Emma, Lady Hamilton”
    —Emma Thibodeaux-Thompson, Sarah Lawrence College
  2. “Khachkars: From Destruction of Culture through the Material to Survival through Replica”
    —Taleen Postian, Villanova University
  3. “The Museum Industrial Complex: Institutional Critique in the New York Art World, 1960-1970s”
    —Alexander Gabriel, Susquehanna University
  4. “The Perversity of Pink: Situating Portia Munson’s Pink Project: Table within the 1994 Bad Girls Exhibition”
    —Sophie McQuaide, Bucknell University

Morality and Literature
3:15-4:30 p.m.

  1. “Vicious Heroism: The Changing Tides of Morality”
    —Anna Dixon, DeSales University; Chloe Maron, Southern New Hampshire University; and Michael Spear, DeSales University
  2. “Marian Virtue in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    —Grace Fisher, Drexel University
  3. “The Dual Masochistic Portrayals and Bitter Jealousy in The Sun Also Rises
    —Dominick Philip, Lycoming College
  4. “Navigating the ‘Bullshit’ Narration of William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!
    —Joshua Vituszynski, University of Scranton

Contemporary Issues
3:15-4:30 p.m.

  1. “Veep: The Folly of American Politics”
    —Fazli Hida, William Paterson University
  2. “Collateral Damage: Analyzing the Harmful Effects of America’s Cash Bail System and Common Media Misconceptions About Bail Reform”
    —Emily Amershek, University of Scranton
  3. “God, Courage, and COVID”
    —Nicholas Jonas, University of Scranton
  4. “Imagine the Possibility of Unbecoming: It's Time to Abolish Gender (A Cyborg Gen Z's Take)”
    —Pearl Fagen-Friedland, CUNY Hunter College

Awards & Keynote Address

5:00-6:15 p.m.
Trogner Presentation Room, Krapf Gateway Building

Making Thirteen Clocks Strike as One: Race, Fear, and the American Founding”
—Dr. Robert Parkinson (Binghamton University)