Student Showcase

3 – 4:15 p.m., McGlothlin Center for the Arts Main Stage


Sophia Alonge, Summer Apostol, Allison Cernoch & Theresa Mitten.
Advisor: Dan Van Tassell, Art

The exhibition Faces is a selection of artworks curated from the permanent art collection at Emory & Henry College by the museum studies class of Spring 2017. Naturally drawn to the interesting people portrayed within the collection, the class gravitated toward choosing pieces with a common element: the human face. Curators, artists, and spectators alike are drawn to the face, as it is a common way in which we communicate with the world, and one another. The face has the ability to transcend language, culture, and other barriers. It has the power to convey so much without words; expressing our true selves, our feelings, yet also yielding the ability to mask the truth. Thus, the critical role of a face in communication - an essential element to the human experience - is present as a common theme we will discuss throughout the showcase.

Border Voices: Cross-Border Identity in North-West Ulster

Jackson Feezell
Advisor: Dr. Scott Boltwood, English

If you have watched the news at all in the past year, it is probable that you have heard something about borders; Donald Trump wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico Border, or the United Kingdom wants to withdraw within its borders. But what does a border really mean, especially to the people that live near them? This presentation will attempt to answer this question through the eyes of 34 Millennials who live on the Irish border. When you think of Ireland, perhaps you think of shamrocks, leprechauns, and Guinness. What you may not know is that the island of Ireland contains two separate countries: the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Until 1998, Northern Ireland was a war zone, as Catholics and Protestants fought each other for control of the North. Now that the violence has ended, this presentation asks how individuals view the limits of their communities.

What Do We Call It? The Meaning and Implications Behind the Term “Radical Islam”

Victoria Lustig
Advisor: Dr. Adam Wells, Religion

“Radical,” “Islamist,” “Terrorist.” These are fear inducing words. Words that now, more than ever, have very specific connotations and associations. As a nation of citizens, policy makers, and leaders, we are using these words to connect individuals and groups to events. Through the use of these words, we are framing how we as population will react to and understand these events. There are many questions about these words that need to be explored and considered. Questions such as: should the American people and their leaders use the phrase “Islamic terrorism,” and what does “radical Islam” mean? This presentation will cover the definitions and implications of these words and phrases, as well as discuss how they are shaping the national discussion today.

NOTE: Victoria Lustig will be presenting her full thesis on this topic on Saturday, April 22 at 7:30pm in McGlothlin-Street Hall room 102 on the Emory & Henry campus.

Grown from Conflict: Identity and Conflict on the Island of Hispanola

Max Palmer
Advisors: Dr. Krystin Krause, Political Science & Travis Proffitt, Civic Innovation

Haiti and the Dominican Republic have shared the same Caribbean island, Hispaniola, since colonization. Stigmatized by popular political ideology, darker skinned people have long been associated with Haitian origin in the Dominican Republic, resulting in race’s important contribution to the existing nationalism that perpetuates the inequality and discrimination between these two nations. This project explores the concept of race on the island of Hispaniola, a place where the racial term “white” does not technically exist. This exploration of group narrative among and between Haitians and Dominicans on Hispaniola opens a window for us to examine this culturally, politically, and racially charged conflict. This project analyzes interviews gathered from Hispaniola that give real voices and faces to this conflict. By examining the content of these interviews through various conflict theories, dehumanization models, and popularly consumed national narrative, this study exposes the disparity between individuals and mass, group-thought, thus redefining conclusions made by other scholars.

Phylogeography of Montane Salamanders in Southwest Virginia

Erin Kirk
Advisor: Dr. George Argyros, Biology

Researchers should use the least destructive and minimally invasive methods when studying rare species. Genetic sampling utilizing skin mucus swabs has been demonstrated to yield sufficient quantities of cells for DNA analysis, comparable to the conventional, but more invasive and potentially harmful, toe or tail clipping methods. This method will also allow testing for the two types of Amphibian Chytrid fungus which are detrimental to amphibians at the global scale, whereas tail clippings usually cannot provide enough DNA to test for the fungus.

This research matters to me because I grew up around the Appalachian Mountains where I spent most of my childhood outdoors exploring and looking for little critters. I quickly fell in love with learning about different animals and plants and realized at an early age that I wanted to work outdoors and do something to help preserve natural resources. Southwest Virginia holds a diverse array of salamanders, many of which are endangered. Because of this I decided I would work with salamanders, however, this swabbing technique should also work on other amphibians. Hopefully other researches who are studying amphibians will use this minimally invasive technique with intent to promote species conservation.