¿Cuénteme más?: Hermeneutics and Complexity of Identity

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The following thesis project reflects on how the construction and interpretation of identity might drastically affect the way we exist in the world, utilizing a hermeneutic approach rather than a scientific one. I begin this reflection recounting a personal experience

The following thesis project reflects on how the construction and interpretation of identity might drastically affect the way we exist in the world, utilizing a hermeneutic approach rather than a scientific one. I begin this reflection recounting a personal experience exemplifying how identity constructs are not always reflective of our desires and, thus, subject to change. In the first chapter, I employ the works of three scholars, John D. Caputo, Gloria Anzaldúa, and Maria Lugones to introduce the literature and arguments for my position. With Caputo, I build upon his insights on play within the art creation and interpretation process to propose this as the best place playing field for the designing of the Self and our perception of others. Anzaldúa will help us understand that within different spaces or boundaries, our Self projection might differ–which she refers to as nepantilism. Finally, Lugones offers the concept of world traveling as the best method to travel to other people’s worlds, while also being aware of our arrogant perception. In the second and final chapter, three scenes from the 1996 film Lone Star by John Sayles are utilized to depict how the characters reinterpret identity conflicts and clashes in the scenes in question, in the name of love. This section is meant to explicitly show how a work of art, specifically film, can offer an alternative to the way we choose to engage with those we have labeled as different from us.
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2024-05
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Lost in Translation? A Comparative Analysis of Dubbing for Italian and Spanish in Television Series

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Motivated by my interest in translation, this creative project was designed to investigate the dubbing process and to analyze dialogues from television series in English that have been dubbed into Spanish and Italian. This project answers the following questions: What

Motivated by my interest in translation, this creative project was designed to investigate the dubbing process and to analyze dialogues from television series in English that have been dubbed into Spanish and Italian. This project answers the following questions: What is the translation process for foreign language dubbing in film and television, and what makes it effective? To what extent does this process change the piece of media? What is the cultural importance of dubbing?
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2024-05
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Unlocking Linguistic Equality: Advocating for Bilingualism in Arizona

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My thesis is a comprehensive, multi-page report highlighting the ethical concerns of Arizona’s English-only law, or Proposition 203. It will emphasize the detrimental effects the law has on bilingualism, language preservation, and educational equity. To do this, I will explore

My thesis is a comprehensive, multi-page report highlighting the ethical concerns of Arizona’s English-only law, or Proposition 203. It will emphasize the detrimental effects the law has on bilingualism, language preservation, and educational equity. To do this, I will explore research on the benefits of bilingualism for cultural awareness, brain development, and career opportunities. The project will underscore the importance of embracing linguistic diversity in the public education system in Arizona. My report will provide some background on the topic by delving into the historical context and intentions behind the English-only law. This will essentially expose to readers the misguided attempts of the law, some of which include boosting test scores at the expense of genuine learning experiences. I will include information that supports my argument that Proposition 203 discourages bilingualism and strips impactful opportunities from students in the public education system. Additionally, anecdotes and personal opinions from educators will be included to strengthen my argument. By highlighting the ethical implications of prioritizing test outcomes over holistic education, my thesis aims to advocate for a shift towards inclusive, more immersive bilingual education models.
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2024-05
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The Utilization of Cryptotephra to Refine the Age Model at Archaeological Site Kathu Pan 6

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Cryptotephra (microscopic volcanic ash) has had significant contributions towards constructing and refining age models and correlating archaeological sites for decades. This thesis will report on cryptotephra from the archaeological site of Kathu Pan, specifically from sinkhole 6, located on the

Cryptotephra (microscopic volcanic ash) has had significant contributions towards constructing and refining age models and correlating archaeological sites for decades. This thesis will report on cryptotephra from the archaeological site of Kathu Pan, specifically from sinkhole 6, located on the southern edge of the Kalahari basin in the Northern Cape of South Africa. I will investigate the potential of cryptotephra from the Holocene layers of Kathu Pan (KP6) to test the current age model and source it to a specific region and a specific eruption. Both of the samples in this study, kp6-55-70 and kp6-75-90, are high silica rhyolites that date to the Holocene. Based on the geochemical findings, both samples have potential to be sourced from the Main Ethiopian Rift (MER), Guatemala, Indonesia, and New Zealand. The primary sourcing was focused on the Main Ethiopian Rift (MER) and the Turkana Basin in Kenya. Evidence suggests that kp6-75-90 is likely to have originated from the Turkana basin, meanwhile kp6-55-70 requires further sourcing in order to confidently correlate it to a region and an eruption. Further research needs to be completed in order to refine the age model at Kathu Pan 6.
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2024-05
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Unraveling the Nexus of Glioblastoma Multiforme and Type II Diabetes Mellitus in a Long-term Survivor - A Unique Case Study

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This case study explores the intricate relationship between Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) and Type II Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) in a long-term survivor. A 51-year-old male with a medical history of type II diabetes presented with black out episodes. Neuroimaging revealed a

This case study explores the intricate relationship between Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) and Type II Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) in a long-term survivor. A 51-year-old male with a medical history of type II diabetes presented with black out episodes. Neuroimaging revealed a large right frontal lesion suggestive of GBM. Following gross total resection, the tumor was identified as IDH-wildtype, MGMT methylated glioblastoma. The patient underwent Stupp protocol chemotherapy with Temozolomide and radiation, followed by adjuvant therapy. Management also included adjustments to diabetic medications. The patient experienced mild abulia and decreased executive function post-chemotherapy but responded well to subsequent treatments, including Avastin. Medication adjustments for diabetes were made based on A1C and glucose levels. Imaging studies revealed changes indicative of treatment response and disease progression. Correlation analyses revealed negative associations between resection cavity and affected brain tissue volume and glucose/A1C levels. The study underscores the importance of exploring the impact of antidiabetic medications on GBM outcomes and highlights the need for further research in this area. Lessons learned include the potential role of metabolic biomarkers in predicting treatment response and disease progression, guiding personalized therapeutic interventions for patients with comorbid GBM and T2DM.
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2024-05
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C.S. Lewis and the Classical Languages: A Translation and Comparative Grammar of "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe"

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This project is a translation of parts of the first and second chapters of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe into both Latin and Ancient Greek. The translations are facing-page, and include a Pharr-formatted vocabulary gloss and grammatical commentary on each page.
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2024-05
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Shroom for Improvement: The Implications of Psilocybin Research on Scheduling and its Impacts in the Medical and Legal Fields

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Psilocybin, the psychoactive compound found organically in psychedelic mushrooms, is currently classified as a Schedule I drug with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I classification regulations on psilocybin largely makes doing significant research infeasible

Psilocybin, the psychoactive compound found organically in psychedelic mushrooms, is currently classified as a Schedule I drug with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I classification regulations on psilocybin largely makes doing significant research infeasible due to bureaucratic and financial barriers. Despite this classification, some researchers have studied the impact of ingesting psilocybin as a means of treating mental disorders and other conditions. Current and past research shows promising results for psilocybin’s ability to alleviate symptoms associated with mental disorders while also having a low abuse potential. In the interest of public benefit for the discovery of novel treatments and insight into brain function, psilocybin must be redesignated to allow for more extensive research in order to determine its therapeutic potential.
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2024-05
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Ethnoreligious Nationalism and Disinformation Systems: A Comparative Analysis of Identity and Memory in the Bosnian and Ukrainian Wars

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Understanding major historical events often provides novel insights into current conflicts. More specifically, analyzing international disputes through the lens of identity, memory, and narrative systems creates a basis for comprehending the power of collective thought in large political systems. The

Understanding major historical events often provides novel insights into current conflicts. More specifically, analyzing international disputes through the lens of identity, memory, and narrative systems creates a basis for comprehending the power of collective thought in large political systems. The Bosnian and Ukrainian Wars are unique case studies that show the interrelated nature of memory and identity politics. This thesis seeks to identify disinformation systems within these conflicts that contribute to a pan-Slavic identity. Additionally, it will show the connection between the Bosnian and Ukrainian Wars in its programming, narrative-building techniques, and use of identity as a basis for strength. Understanding how identity is formed under certain political atmospheres is essential because it strengthens our ideas of individual thought within community identities. Throughout this thesis a literature review will show the array of identity, memory, and misinformation studies, thus pointing to future research areas.

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2024-05
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The Rise of Activism on Campus: An Analysis of Ethnic Studies Role in Understanding Forms of Democratic Engagement Among College Students

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In contemporary society, the intersection between education and democratic engagement has become a focal point of inquiry, with researchers and educators alike recognizing the profound impact that educational experiences can have on shaping an individual's level of democratic engagement. Within

In contemporary society, the intersection between education and democratic engagement has become a focal point of inquiry, with researchers and educators alike recognizing the profound impact that educational experiences can have on shaping an individual's level of democratic engagement. Within this broader discourse, an increasingly relevant and pressing question emerges: How does the perception of, or the content within, ethnic studies education influence different forms of democratic engagement among college students who are notoriously known for their apathetic participation in politics and democracy? This inquiry delves into the intricate relationship between educational interventions addressing ethnic studies and the subsequent choices made by the emerging generation of politically active individuals. Understanding the nuances of this connection is crucial for informed educational practices and policies that seek to cultivate an engaged and socially conscious citizenry.
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2024-05

We Are Out Of Excuses: An Analysis of The Rising Rates Of Child-Related Gun Violence in the United States Since the Mass Shooting at Columbine High School in 1999

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For my thesis I designed an exhibit based on a social issue. This exhibit aimed to answer the question: How does research inform design? The deliverables for my exhibit included a physical Exhibit as well as a book. The PDF

For my thesis I designed an exhibit based on a social issue. This exhibit aimed to answer the question: How does research inform design? The deliverables for my exhibit included a physical Exhibit as well as a book. The PDF I'm submitting is the pdf of my book and explores the process of my senior year including the designing and production of my senior exhibit.

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2024-05
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