Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Masculinity: Heavy Metal Weighs in on What it Means to be a Man

April 11th, 2011

As women now hold masculine characteristics with less resistance than previously, traditional male masculinity has lost its “uniqueness.” Thus, many men have “hypermasculinized” themselves to still appear dominant over women. This study examines representations of masculinity and the shift toward a male hypermasculinity within heavy metal music. Read More…

American Dream or American Divide?: The American Dream Used as a Symbolic Boundary

April 11th, 2011

The “American Dream” is an idea that pervades American politics, media and culture. In order to understand what the American Dream means, I explore it through analysis of qualitative interviews with 20 Iowans. These Iowans conceptualize the American Dream as a life in which one works hard, gets an education, values family and de-emphasizes money. Read More…

Gender Representations in Magazine Advertisements

April 11th, 2011

The media industry is an ever-present force which contributes to society’s understanding of sex and gender. One important way in which the media contributes to conceptions of gender is by perpetuating questionable stereotypes, which can be understood to both replicate and reflect society’s understandings of gender. Read More…

“A Neighborhood Within a Neighborhood”: How White, Middle Class Standards Create Barriers Within Schools and How Universal Design of Learning Can Mediate Race and Class Circumstances

April 11th, 2011

Using data collected from 17 weeks of observation in a second-grade classroom, this paper addresses how the dual status of race and class can potentially contradict with white, middle class standards, values, and norms that most public schools are based on. Read More…

Reframing Abortion With NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon

April 11th, 2011

Women cannot have comprehensive reproductive care without access to the full range of reproductive options, including abortion.  However, the stigma that surrounds this topic limits acceptance of and access to abortion, which is associated with humiliation and disgrace.  While NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon takes a pro-choice stance on abortion, this perspective falls under their larger mission – to achieve gender equality by ensuring that all women have access to all reproductive health services – through public education, political work, and more recently through the proposal of changes to public health policy. Read More…

White Colonialism: Construction of the “Local” and the Marginalized Haole

April 6th, 2011

Hawaii is often stereotyped as an idyllic paradise in which racial harmony exists, and this is true, to an extent.  Where the continental U.S. battles with issues of acculturation and assimilation, amalgamation has manifested itself in Hawaii with the creation of the “local,” a person of mixed ancestry from several ethnic groups.  The cultures of the different groups are melded into one in which aspects of each culture is preserved, and often blended, due to similarities and circumstance. In spite of this positive example of the “melting pot,” Hawaii is also a place of deep-seated racism against whites, whom locals refer to as “mainlanders” or haole. Read More…

Life is but a Dream?: Variance of Belief in the American Dream

April 8th, 2010

The American Dream is a social construct that carries particular social importance at this time of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Read More…

Gender-Neutral Transitional Justice Mechanisms: A Quantitative Analysis of Truth, Reconciliation, and Gender in South Africa

April 6th, 2010

The post-apartheid South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) attempted to create reconciliation through truth-telling but neglected women’s needs in the process. This study asks: Are truth and reconciliation gender-neutral? Read More…

Functions of an Ecomuseum in San Vicente de Nicoya: Seeking Cultural Preservation and Economic Stability

April 18th, 2009

This presentation is based on two months of ethnographic field research in the village of San Vicente de Nicoya, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, during which the current state of the community based museum called the Ecomuseum de la Cerámica Chorotega that opened in May of 2007 was studied. Read More…

Picking Identity: The Banjo During the Harlem Renaissance

April 18th, 2009

Depictions of the banjo in the visual arts and literature of the Harlem Renaissance are reflective of both the banjo’s painful associations with black-face minstrelsy and its importance as a source of reclaimed heritage for Afro-Americans of the time. Read More…

In the Name of Gender Equality? Female Martyrs and the Impact of the Fundamental Religious Institution

April 18th, 2009

Even though the Western world is growing steadily more accustomed to hearing reports of suicide terrorism occurring in the Middle East, it is still unnerving to many to hear of a woman carrying out a suicide attack. Read More…

The Indian That’s Not Disappearing: Native American Images in Past and Present Advertising

April 18th, 2009

This work is an analysis of the uses of Native American imagery in advertising, beginning with a consideration of the images used in advertisements in the 19th century. Read More…

Hope in Namibia: Organizations Providing for Underprivileged Children

April 18th, 2009

Traveling to South Africa and Namibia in October was an eye-opening experience for both of the authors. Read More…

Re-Imagining South Africa: Feminist Theology and Social Justice

April 18th, 2009

This paper explores the methods by which theology has risen out of the academy and emerged into the practical sphere of social change throughout South Africa. Drawing upon liberation theology, survival theology, and traditional African theology, South African feminists have developed an activist theology. This theology is aimed at addressing the violence that permeates the lives of rural women throughout the country. To create social change, feminist theologians are joining with rural women to critically analyze Biblical passages and use these emerging ideas to springboard activism within the community. Based upon an analysis of secondary sources, this paper discusses the theory behind the methods and presents three case studies of feminist theology in action in South Africa.

Annie Schneider, ’11 Colorado Springs, CO
Majors: Sociology, Women’s Studies

Sponsor: Mary Olson

A Look at Cultural Differences Between Medical Practices in the United States and Latin America

April 29th, 2008

An in-depth look at the cultural differences between medical practices in the United States and Bolivia after an internship in a Bolivian hospital. Read More…

The Chippewa Struggle for Environmental Protection and the End of the Crandon Mine Project

April 29th, 2008

For the better part of thirty years, a mining project near Crandon, Wisconsin, was pursued by multi-national corporations. A struggle to permanently block mining there intensified during the last decade of the 20th century.In 2002, the project was finally closed when the site was purchased by a coalition of Native American Tribes. Read More…

Justice Denied: The ACLU during World War II

April 29th, 2008

The American Civil Liberties Union had formed during World War I, quickly establishing itself as the premier group dedicated to protecting constitutional rights and civil liberties in this country. At this same time, with the onset of World War II and for a period of over four years, the United States put its constitution to its most severe test in history, denying rights to 120,000 Japanese Americans on the basis of their race. Read More…

Association between Family Structure and Alcohol/Cigarette Use Among Adolescents

April 29th, 2008

A review of current research regarding adolescent alcohol and cigarette use and family structure was conducted. The current research states a higher likelihood of substance use in adolescents in non-traditional family structures. Read More…

Malnutrition in India: A White American’s Perspective

April 29th, 2008

When 13 other students and I chose to spend almost five months abroad in the ACM India Studies program, we did so for similar reasons, to challenge ourselves, to assess our individual coping skills, our potential for growth, and to see how much applied of what all of us only knew from the likes of books and movies. I hoped, more specifically, to deepen my understanding of patriarchy and its subordination of women and children in the environment of a “developing” country—awakening what one professor described as, a third-world mentality residing within a first-world infrastructure. Read More…

Empowering Minority Students: Lessons from Chicago and Beyond

April 29th, 2008

After completing my student teaching in a second and third grade classroom in an inner-city elementary school in Chicago, Illinois, I developed many questions about the complexities of teaching poor, urban minority students. Read More…

Un-Reality TV

April 29th, 2008

The evolution of mass media and the constant display of ordinary people on television have revolutionized the programs that we now watch. Most of us question the “reality” of these programs, but we do not argue their entertainment values; this project examines the popular phenomenon of reality TV as a genre in popular culture. Read More…

Alternative Spring Break in New York City: A Look Into Homelessness

April 18th, 2008

A group of 15 students and one staff member from Cornell College headed to New York City for a week long service project to help the homeless. Read More…

“The Great Work Begins”: Prophecy, Identity and the Call to Social Action in Angels in America

April 14th, 2007

Angels in America is a political play cycle set in 1980s Reaganite America. The political and social background of the plays contribute to Tony Kushner’ s message that conservative America is not how society should be: liberal unity and collectivity is the better path to follow. Read More…

Moving for Existence

April 14th, 2007

Unfortunately one of the things Brazil is known for is the number of street children (Hecht 3). Street children have become an intense problem and much social action is rising to aid their need. Read More…

Cornell College Student Ambassador Program: Aoyama Gakuin Women’s Junior College, Tokyo, Japan

April 14th, 2007

The purpose of this presentation will be to share our Ambassadorial experiences with the Cornell community. Read More…

Vivons Cachés, Vivons Heureux: A Study of the Presence and Interaction of Homosexual Men in Urban Morocco

April 14th, 2007

Hidden within the unambiguous and oftentimes intimate affection condoned by society and shared by two men, lies a community of deviants in the eyes of Islam and of the state, indulging in the acts and behaviors of same-gender relations – sexual in nature and occurrence. Despite its outlaw and severe stigmatization in society, male homosexuality in urban Morocco is predominately alive and present under such conditions. Read More…

Cooperatives and Our Participation in Economic Democracy

April 14th, 2007

This presentation describes democratic decision-making in business organizations. I examine how cooperative businesses balance individual incentives with those of the collective. Read More…

A Study on Adverse Sex Ratio in Rajasthan, India

April 14th, 2007

The term “ sex ratio” refers to a measurement of the number of females to males in a given population, most often expressed as the number of females per thousand males. Adverse sex ratio refers to when this ratio is skewed, i.e., there are more males being born than females. Read More…

The Flowering of Consumerism? An Ethnography of a Floral Shop

April 14th, 2007

The floral microculture, specifically florists and the role they play in facilitating the symbolic meaning of flowers within the American culture, was examined. Read More…

Doling Out Death: The Beliefs of Animal Care Workers Regarding Animal Euthanasia

April 14th, 2007

This ethnography analyzes the daily activities and beliefs pertaining to animal euthanasia of two animal care workers in a city in the Midwest. Read More…

Women in Alder Gulch During the Vigilante Period

April 29th, 2006

Though the new gold rush town of Virginia City, Montana, located in rich Alder Gulch, was not yet a year old, the winter of 1863-64 proved to be quite trying for its residents. The charming sheriff, it is later found, leads a double life as the leader of a murderous band of thieves. Read More…

Dangerous Drinking: The College Norm for Integration and Socialization

April 29th, 2006

Despite growing concern over the harmful effects of America’ s college drinking phenomenon, efforts to reduce binge drinking have largely failed. Drinking is understood to be a vehicle for integration and socializing for college students, yet some theoretical approaches attempt to explain it as a deviant behavior. Read More…

Clean Water for Economically Disadvantaged Countries: The Potters for Peace Answer

April 29th, 2006

Potters for Peace (PFP) is a U.S. based NGO consisting of potters, educators, technicians and supporters who work intimately with potters in Nicaragua to alleviate difficult social conditions related to the country’ s political and economical instability. Read More…

The Impact of Social Isolation and Deviant Social Association on Criminal Deviance

April 29th, 2006

This study focused on the connection between social isolation, deviant social association, and criminal deviance in young adults. Read More…

The Perpetuation and Amelioration of Homosexual Prejudice Through Intrapersonal Media Contact

April 29th, 2006

This study examines Allport’ s “ contact hypothesis” and the effects of intrapersonal media contact on the amelioration of homosexual prejudices and stereotypes. Studies have shown that  media contact has a large effect on prejudices and stereotypes. Read More…

Alternative Spring Break: The Trip of a Lifetime

April 29th, 2006

Students and staff who are participating in Alternative Spring Break (ASB) will travel to New Orleans, Louisiana to work to help rebuild and give aid to those affected by Hurricane Katrina. More specifically what we will be doing is: unloading and loading trucks, Giving out food and water, building and restoring buildings, giving service at relief centers, counseling evacuees, assisting in shelters, assisting in with hurricane cleanup, helping to remove debris, and gutting churches for renovation. Read More…

A Week in the Lives of Disaster Survivors: An Alternate Way to Spend Spring Break

April 29th, 2006

In late August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina blasted the Gulf Coast with 175 mph winds, caused $75 billion worth of damages, killed 1,336 people, flooded 80 percent of New Orleans, and forced more than one million residents of New Orleans metropolitan area to evacuate, many of whom will not and cannot return to what is left of their homes. Read More…

Herding Communities in Mongolia: Finding a Place for the Rural Poor

April 29th, 2006

I went to Arkhangai Aimag in Mongolia for two weeks to live with and interview herding families and co-operatives, poverty group leaders, government officials, and bank representatives. The focus of my study is the introduction of sustainable cooperatives and small businesses to rural areas, and how these will help relieve poverty. Read More…

Hook, Line, and Skin: The Body Suspension Subculture in Modern America

April 29th, 2006

Throughout history, suspension of the human body from hooks has been performed, particularly in eastern cultures. With the popularization of types of body modification such as piercing, the practice of suspension has developed among participants in modern western cultures, and is ritually performed in places like Europe, the United States, and Canada. Read More…

What Really Happened West of the Mississippi: A Glimpse into the Herstory of Cornell College 1853-1930

April 29th, 2006

Cornell College prides itself on being the first coeducational institution West of the Mississippi and the first in the nation to grant a female Professorship with the same pay as any male in the field. Read More…

“God is My Ex-Lover…” and Other Interesting Findings Concerning Religious Life on the Cornell College Campus

April 17th, 2004

The transition from high school to college is a tumultuous journey filled with challenges and changes. During this time of transformation, will a student change something as personal and defining as religion? Read More…

Cultural Politics and Frida Kahlo’s Moses

April 17th, 2004

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist who liberated herself and her beliefs though her paintings. Her works are often discussed in terms of the pain and anguish she suffered throughout her short life-from her birth in 1907 to her death in 1954. Read More…

Marriage: Helpful or Hurtful for Your Psychological Well-Being

April 17th, 2004

In the United States today, the marital relationship is one of the most influential aspects of many people’s lives, as more than 90% of the American population marries at least once in their lifetime (Velander 1993). Read More…

Male Prostitution? The Hidden Expanse of Male Sex Workers in Western Society

April 17th, 2004

Female prostitution has existed for centuries. Male prostitution has existed right along with it, in the same temples and ancient societies. Read More…

Lesbian Heaven — Dikes on Bikes or Pearly Gates: A Study of Religious Texts Supporting Radical Feminism in selected works of Monique Wittig

April 17th, 2004

Monique Wittig, an influential woman of the radical feminist movement, left an important mark on the world in both the literary and the feminist senses. Read More…

Germany and the United States: A Cross Cultural Comparison of Dating Preferences

April 12th, 2003

Dating preferences were examined in personal advertisements published in daily newspapers from four cities in the United States and four cities in Germany. Read More…

Official Hell Raisers on the Road: Ladyfest South 2002

April 12th, 2003

Ladyfest is an woman focused independent music and arts festival organized by women that takes place at various locations throughout the United States. Read More…

Official Hell Raisers on the Road: Ladyfest South 2002

April 12th, 2003

Ladyfest is an woman focused independent music and arts festival organized by women that takes place at various locations throughout the United States. Read More…

The Mentally Handicapped Culture of the United States: Perspectives and Experiences

April 12th, 2003

Mentally handicapped people compose a significant part of our culture yet very few people have contact with them. Read More…

Official Hell Raisers on the Road: Ladyfest South 2002

April 12th, 2003

Ladyfest is an woman focused independent music and arts festival organized by women that takes place at various locations throughout the United States. Read More…