April 28, 2017 from 1:30 - 7:00 p.m.
King Building

The eighth annual Senior Symposium at Oberlin College and Conservatory celebrates the academic and artistic achievements of 77 members of the graduating class of 2017. The projects represent a selection of all the thought, discovery, analysis, and creativity that has been circulating at the College and Conservatory since this class first joined us on campus. Some of the students began their projects only this semester. Others started years ago in a course, a lab, a research fellowship, a studio, or a practice room. Some of the students only finalized their results last week. Others have been interviewing study participants for two years. In each case, their presentations will invite us into a site of their greatest expertise.

The 2017 Senior Symposium is sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR).

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2017
Friday, April 28th
1:30 PM

2017 Senior Symposium Program

Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR)

King Building

1:30 PM - 7:00 PM

"A Wilderness of Mirrors": Reality TV, Fake News, and Surveillance in the Trump Era

Elizabeth Levinson, Oberlin College

King Building 325

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Collaborative Resource Sharing Between the Prospect Elementary School Library and the Oberlin Public Library

Natalie Hartog, Oberlin College

King Building 343

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Deconstructing Hypermasculinity: Combatting the War on Black Men

Aliyah Abu-Hazeem, Oberlin College

King Building 323

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Documenting Oberlin's Native Arctic Collection

Alice Blakely, Oberlin College
Cori Mazer, Oberlin College

King Building 341

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Fearless Foreign Women: Exploring Tamar And Ruth As Characters Within A Post-Exilic Debate on Intermarriage

Rachel Sacks, Oberlin College

King Building 325

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Flight, Musical Expression and Virtuosity

Christiana Rose, Oberlin College

King Building 321

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Goddess Killing: The Combat Myth and Politics in the Revelation of John

Emma Snape, Oberlin College

King Building 325

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Grooves on the Mind: The Call for Music Therapy Practices Applicable to Communities of Color

Khalid Taylor, Oberlin College

King Building 327

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

“Head Start Works,” But Why?: Understanding the Persistence of an American Welfare Program

Leah Awkward-Rich, Oberlin College

King Building 343

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Imagine Trees Like These — A Virtual Reality Narrative Concerning Forests, Futurity, and Ephemerality

Andres Cuervo, Oberlin College

King Building 321

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Judaism Despite Modernity: Schoenberg and the German Tradition

Maurice Cohn, Oberlin College

King Building 335

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Musical Translation: The Translation and Transformation of an Eighteenth-Century German Play into a Modern Opera

Serena Creary, Oberlin College

King Building 335

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Ninety Seconds in Charleston: How Historical Memory and Myth Sustain Racial Inequality in America

Kaia Diringer, Oberlin College

King Building 323

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Nurturing a Community of Trust and Resilience: Coalition Building and Faith-Based Organizing at El Centro

Rachel Leader, Oberlin College

King Building 343

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Poetry by Langston: Lessons Taught and Learned Through Writers-in-the-Schools (WITS)

Nick Rowan Bassman, Oberlin College

King Building 343

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Re-Contextualizing the Object: Fred Wilson's Wildfire Test Pit and the Semiotics of Museum Labels

Elana Bell, Oberlin College

King Building 341

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Responsible Songwriting: Ethical Challenges in Collaborative Autoethnographic Composition

Alexandra Wilder, Oberlin College

King Building 321

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Rethinking Redevelopment: New Urbanism, Neoliberalism, and Sustainable Urban Design Initiatives in Cleveland, Ohio

Julian Geltman, Oberlin College

King Building 323

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Shock Therapy: Horror Aesthetics in German Modernism

Sean Lambert, Oberlin College

King Building 335

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Symphonies of Horror: Musical Experimentation in Howard Shore’s Work with David Cronenberg

Vikram Shankar, Oberlin College

King Building 327

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

The Impact of Music Education on Language Development

Gabrielle Kaufman, Oberlin College

King Building 327

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

The Sonification of Money: Applying Creative Innovation in the Music Industry

Grover Neville, Oberlin College

King Building 327

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Thomas Paine's (Un)Common Sense and the Politics of Disagreement

Jordan Ecker, Oberlin College

King Building 325

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Towards a Relative-Pitch Neural Network System for Chorale Composition and Harmonization

Sam Goree, Oberlin College

King Building 321

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Violence in the Feed: Accelerated Productions and Circulations of Police Brutality Videos

Natalie Ventura Villasana, Oberlin College

King Building 323

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

What's In A Neanderthal: A Comparative Analysis

Taylorlyn Stephan, Oberlin College

King Building 341

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

3:00 PM

A Journey Through the Forest: The Evolution of Concept Albums and Song Cycles

Perry Maybrown, Oberlin College

King Building 341

3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

Bird Chatter as an Indicator of Safety: To What Extent Do Eastern Gray Squirrels Rely on Public Information?

Marie Lilly, Oberlin College

King Building 343

3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

Codeswitching in Hiaki Conversational Discourse: An Evaluation of Myers-Scotton's Matrix Language Frame Model

Sophie Pierson, Oberlin College

King Building 327

3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

Community-Based Social Marketing Research: Sustainable Behavior Change in Oberlin

Lauren Rhodes, Oberlin College
Abigail Carlstad, Oberlin College

King Building 323

3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

Consider the Mantis Shrimp: Semiotics and Authorship in Italo Calvino’s If on a winter’s night a traveler

Zoe Ginsberg, Oberlin College

King Building 321

3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

Experiential Composition: An Exploration of Virtual-Environmental Music

Isaac Pearl, Oberlin College

King Building 341

3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

Experimental Biomechanics on Trinucleid Fringe Pits (trilobita)

Kirk Pearson, Oberlin College

King Building 343

3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

Georges Bataille: A Body in Motion

Daniel West, Oberlin College

King Building 321

3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

Including Interstellar Scattering Effects in Pulsar Timing

Jacob Turner, Oberlin College

King Building 323

3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

Infrared and Thermal-Desorption Spectroscopy of Hydrogen in Metal-Organic Frameworks

Kai Shinbrough, Oberlin College

King Building 323

3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

Investigating Allomorphy in a Coordinating Conjunction: A Corpus Study of Hiaki (Yaqui) Into(k(o))

Olivia Hay, Oberlin College
Mattea Scheiber Koon, Oberlin College

King Building 327

3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

Lessons in Resilience: From Biological Systems to Human Food Systems

Liv Scott, Oberlin College

King Building 343

3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

Reading' the Tracking Shot in Nadja and Marienbad

Eleanor H. Van Buren, Oberlin College

King Building 321

3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

Structure and Randomness in Iannis Xenakis' Analogique A

Sam Goree, Oberlin College

King Building 341

3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

The Endangerment Turn: Tracking the Transition of Vegetarian Discourse in Contemporary China

Brendan Nuse, Oberlin College

King Building 327

3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

The Problem of Genre in Opera and Musical Theater

Lily Johnson, Oberlin College

King Building 341

3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

Transformation through Installation: Portraying Ovidian Metamorphoses via Multimedia

Jackie Milestone, Oberlin College

King Building 321

3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

Volatile Components of Preen Gland Secretions and Community-Level Interactions in Disease Transmission

Maxwell Butler, Oberlin College

King Building 343

3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

4:30 PM

"And There in the Postwar Silence": Olga Berggolts and Postwar Soviet Subjectivity, 1945-1954

Lillian Posner, Oberlin College

King Building 325

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

Articulations of Mestizaje in Early Twentieth-Century Mexican Art

Juan Omar Rodriguez, Oberlin College

King Building 321

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

At the Edges of Queer: Navigating Ambiguity, Community, and Erasure

Maddie Batzli, Oberlin College

King Building 341

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

Barbershop Quartets and American Popular Music

Samuel Mellman, Oberlin College

King Building 339

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

Between and Beyond the Binary: Gender Pronouns and Community Support

Al Nadeau-Rifkind, Oberlin College

King Building 341

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

By Any Genes Necessary: Enlightened Self-Interest in Soren Kierkegaard’s Works of Love

Noah Last, Oberlin College

King Building 327

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

Depth of Field: Giovanni di Paolo's Landscapes in Fifteenth-Century Siena

Noah Margulis, Oberlin College

King Building 321

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

Dignity and Dining Halls: Relations of Power in Oberlin Labor

Jeeva Muhil, Oberlin College

King Building 323

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

Does Position Along the Watershed Affect Hybridization Dynamics Between the Native Orconectes Sanbornii and Invasive O. rusticus?

Elisa Casado Henderson, Oberlin College

King Building 343

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

Granary C113 from Karanis: A Case of Misidentification

Shelby Raynor, Oberlin College

King Building 335

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

Gustavo Gutiérrez's Liberation Theology: A Hermeneutic of Utopian Hope

Hunter Zepeda, Oberlin College

King Building 327

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

Hydrology and Terracing in the Monte Pallano area of Abruzzo, Italy

Lucas Brown, Oberlin College

King Building 335

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

Inadvertent Naturalists: Turgenev, Aksakov, and Russia's New Ornithology

Walker Griggs, Oberlin College

King Building 325

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

"Interrogating the And": A Study of Environmentalism and Disability

Melissa Cabat, Oberlin College

King Building 341

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

Investigating the Effects of Antide Treatment on the Preventative and Restorative Effects of Hippocampal Damage in Alzheimer’s Disease Rats

Emily Curley, Oberlin College

King Building 343

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

It’s a Boys’ Club, Isn’t It?: One Dimensionality in Portrayals of the Female Rocker

Kristin McFadden, Oberlin College

King Building 321

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

Mapping Mikt’sqaq Angayuk: A GIS Analysis of a Nineteenth-Century Sod House

Maggie Gossiaux, Oberlin College

King Building 335

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

Oberlin College Hoops: Sport and Diversity in Higher Education

Zach Moo Young, Oberlin College

King Building 323

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

Optimization of Emulsion PCR for Aptamer Selection

Naviya Schuster-Little, Oberlin College

King Building 343

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

Pathways In & Out of STEM: An Exploration of School Structure and Its Effects on Underrepresented Minorities at Oberlin College

Xavier Tirado, Oberlin College

King Building 323

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

Synthetic Melanin Filtration Agents

Alejandro Vera, Oberlin College

King Building 343

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

The Role of Millet in Pre-Roman Italy

Scott Russell, Oberlin College

King Building 335

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

The Underground Soviet: Shaping Soviet Culture in the Leningrad Metro

Ian Gilchrist, Oberlin College

King Building 325

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

The Vagrant: Where the Soviet Love of Bollywood Began

Sarah Chatta, Oberlin College

King Building 325

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

"This is a Closed Space for Queer Identifying Folx": Queer Spaces on Campus

Tory Sparks, Oberlin College

King Building 341

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

To Make You Feel Something: Analyzing Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s An Octoroon

Anthony Moaton, Oberlin College

King Building 339

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

“Urban Provincianos”: La Música Chicha and Cultural Identity in 1970s and 1980s Lima, Perú

Julian Cranberg, Oberlin College

King Building 321

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

Voices from the Forge: Work, Space, and Communication in Early Cistercian Monasticism

Jacob Roosa, Oberlin College

King Building 327

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

"We Need Not Weep Alone": Evelyn C. White's Vision of a World Where Black Women are Free

Natalia Shevin, Oberlin College

King Building 339

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

Who is Neotraditional?: Visualizing Postcolonial Identities in J. D. 'Okhai Ojeikere's Hairstyles Photographs

Alexandra Nicome, Oberlin College

King Building 339

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

Who Is “The Scholar"? or, Looking for Truth with Emerson

Liam McMillin, Oberlin College

King Building 327

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

6:15 PM

Whipped Cream, Whiskey, and Weight Loss: Exploring the Versatility of E-cigarette Use in Adolescents and Adults

Alexa L'Insalata, Oberlin College
Meghan Morean, Oberlin College

King Building 306

6:15 PM - 7:00 PM