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The Boo Hag: A Discussion of Death & Gender in Gullah Folklore

February 25, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Sara Gonzales

Philosophies of Death and Identity in the Works of Virginia Woolf

February 25, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Preston Waddoups

The Ideal Man: A Thematic Analysis on How Muscle Dysmorphia Affects Men

February 25, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Kymberlie Crosby

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Latinx Community in Cache Valley, Utah.

February 25, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Virginia Hernandez

Café Society and the politics of jazz in midcentury New York City

February 25, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Peter Drewniany

Hear Him: Listening to the Holy Face of Jesus

February 25, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Candace Brown

Combating the Yemen Poverty Crisis

February 25, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Ryan Sewell

Wycliffe’s Bible as Progenitor of English Cultural Revolution

January 01, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Spencer Soule, Dixie State University, English

"The Laboratory of Indian Colonialism": Cultural Hybridity in Mukherjee's The Tree Bride

January 01, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Kealy Whidden, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, English

“Something large and old awoke”: Ecopoetics and Compassion in Tracy K. Smith’s Wade in the Water

January 01, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Kaitlin Hoelzer, College of Humanities, English

Ladylike in the Extreme: The Propagandism of Britain's African Princess and Her Subsequent Erasure

January 01, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Megan Orr, College of Humanities, Art History

Teaching Literary Analysis: Structural Course Changes to Introductory English Undergraduate Classes

January 01, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Aubrey Dickens, BYU College of Humanities, English

Hapa Hawaiians: Eugenics and Pictorialism in the Colonization of the Territory of Hawaii

January 01, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Megan Orr, College of Humanities, Art History

Singularly They

January 01, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Taylor Connor, Dixie State University, English

Debatable Character: Late-Night Comedy and the Representation of Character During Presidential Debates

January 01, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Santiago Blanco, College of Humanities, Spanish

What to Expect When Saints are Expecting: Holy Motherhood in a Visitation Antependium

January 01, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Alexandra Carlile, College of Humanities, Department of Comparative Arts and Letters

Abstract: Literacy and Representation in the LGBTQIA+ Communities

January 01, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Heather Graham, School for Cultural and Social Transformation, Gender Studies

Gendered Language in Joseph Smith's Revision of the New Testament

January 01, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Samuel Mann, College of Humanities, Department of World Languages and Cultures

“Inauthentic Ethnics:” Richard Rodriguez and Domingo Martinez’s Fight for Identity in a Polarized World

January 01, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Paul Guajardo, College of the Family, Home and Social Sciences, History

A History of Vampires and Their Transformation from Solely Monsters to Monsters and Romantic Figures

January 01, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Mary McFadden, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, English

“Goodnight, Sweet Prince”: Modern Reactions to and Interactions with Shakespeare’s Hamlet by Queer Youth

January 01, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Aubrey Dickens, College of Humanities, English

Popping the Bubble: Interacting with sacred stories from the Dene People to better understand dynamics of communication

January 01, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Tyson Fullmer, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, English

The Reburial of Richard of York

January 01, 2022 12:00 AM
Blake, Deanna (Utah Valley University)
Faculty Advisor: McPherson, Kate (Utah Valley University, Honors Program); Hunt, John (Utah Valley University, History); Snedegar, Keith (Utah Valley University, History)

On December 30, 1460 Richard of York, father of both Edward IV and Richard III, fought and died at the battle of Wakefield alongside his son, Edmond Earl of Rutland. Accounts of the time then say he was pulled of his horse and beheaded. The Lancastrians then put his head on a spike with a paper crown on top. They placed it where everyone could see then handed his body over to be buried at Pontefract. His son, Edward IV, took the throne soon after. Several years into his reign, in the year 1475, Edward IV had his father and brother's remains moved to the Church of St. Mary and All Saints in Furthering. It is known that the event, full of ceremonies and processions, was an important political move. The ceremony was elaborate.

The court Edward IV had around him at the time was full of tension. His marriage to Elisabeth Woodville drove a wedge between him and his mentor, Richard duke of Warwick. This would soon turn his brother George duke of Clarence, who wanted power for himself, to ally with Warwick. Edward IV was attempting to show unity between the queen and Warwick at the time of the reburial, even having them walk next to each other holding hands during the procession to the church.

The shaky political ground at the time put much into question. Edward IV took the throne from Henry VI. Many would see this as seizing power taken for the York's after the forced abdication of Richard II. Others saw it as a usurpation. There were other varying thoughts on the matter. In the end, Edward's legitimacy as king was in question. He did what he could to codify the idea of his reign.

The reburial of his father, Richard of York, was one of the many ways he did this. His end goal was to make his father into a king in his death. The event was extravagant. Many attended. Edward IV gave his father such an elaborate funeral possession it could be seen as one of the greatest events of Edward IV reign when it comes to peaceful affairs. He and his affinity said Henry VI was a usurper, Richard of York was the rightful king, therefore Edward was the rightful heir, as opposed to Edward of Westminster. Giving the man a funeral and burial fit for a king would help the people to believe it as well.

Richard's burial was given with all the deference of a king. Edward drew on other monarchies and the duchy of burgundy for inspiration for the event. The event began with a procession that started on the 24th of July. The Duke was dressed in elaborate garbs and coved with a cloth made from gold material with an ermine furred mantle, as a king would be. Candles were lite under the hearse alongside a silver angel wearing a gold crown to represent Richard of York's right to be king. The procession of lords led by the youngest of his sons, Richard Duke of Gloucester, later Richard iii, traveled from Pontefract to Fotheringhgay on 29th. Along the way, the people flocked to watch from all over the country. When they reached Fotheringhay members of the colleges joined the

Two-legged beasts and Thinking Reeds: Definitions of Humanity in Daniel Kehlmann’s “Rosalie geht Sterben”

January 01, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Christian Heftel, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Integrated Studies

Intelligent Species & Civilization

January 01, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Austin Skousen, Woodbury School of Business, Philosophy

Dogs and Dehumanization

January 01, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Carter Ottley, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Political Science and Journalism

Warrior Motivation: A Cross Cultural Search

January 01, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Andrea Uehling, College of Social and Behavioral Science, Anthropology

Love and Compromise

January 01, 2022 12:00 AM
Presenter: Saya Zeleznik, College of Humanities, English

España sin esperanza: la visión de Larra

November 18, 2020 06:15 PM
Kolton Pierson, Southern Utah University

The Power of Perseverance: The Untold Stories of the Rwandan Genocide and Beyond

November 17, 2020 01:29 PM
Benjamin Passey, Brigham Young University

La Casa de Bernarda Alba as a reflection of Spain during the Francoist era

November 02, 2020 09:50 AM
Alejandra Portolés Colás, Southern Utah University

Investigating the Impact of Community Engagement Projects on Project Leaders

October 30, 2020 05:59 PM
Elizabeth Obray; Kristin Wilson-Grimes; Sennai Habtes, Southern Utah University

A Comparison of the Use of Light and Darkness as Symbols in El sÌ_ de las ni̱as by Leandro MaratÌ_n and Don Juan Tenorio by JosÌ© Zorrilla

January 01, 2018 12:00 AM
Brayden Jackman, Southern Utah University An analysis is made which seeks to identify the ways in which authors utilize symbols in their writing to convey specific messages. Particularly, it discusses how these messages and the use of symbols may vary and why. Two theatrical works are identified as the basis of this study. The first is entitled El si de las ni̱as and is written by Leandro MoratÌ_n. The second is Don Juan Tenorio and was written by JosÌ© Zorrilla. Both of these authors are Spanish and the two works were written within a few decades of each other. However, these authors pertain to different cultural and literary movements. Leandro MoratÌ_n, is a neoclassical author, while JosÌ© Zorrilla, is a romantic author. Due to the nature of the material used and the field of study, the paper is written in Spanish. It first gives a brief overview of the cultural ideas that were circulating at the time that both of the previously mentioned authors were actively writing. It later identifies key characteristics in literature of their respective movements, giving examples of how they are used within the text. It then identifies the use of specific symbols, light and darkness, within each of the two works, and discusses how the authorå«s use of them impacts the message that they are conveying. The conclusion is then made that the placement of symbols within the context of a story is key. Symbols evoke emotions, which can subtly emphasize key points that the author tries to make while simultaneously helping the audience to better connect with them.

She Does Not Want: Wartime Rape in Goya’s Disasters of War

January 01, 2018 12:00 AM
Heidi Herrera, Brigham Young University Remarkable in both subject and execution, Los Desastres de la Guerra (Disasters of War) is exceptional in Goya’s oeuvre and in artistic representations of wartime rape. Filled with scenes illustrating the consequences and violence of war, Goya offers an insightful yet ambiguous commentary, particularly in the plates in which rape is presented as a first-hand account; plate 9, No quieren—“They don’t want it”—, plate 10, Tampoco—“Nor do these”— and plate 11, Ni por ésas—“Nor those.” Indicting the French soldiers for the rape of women during the French occupation, the Disasters of War offers offering a brutal and deceptively truthful view on the inevitable and horrible consequences which war and looting wage on women, transforming both viewer and artist into witnesses of the gruesome scenes, implicating both as detached, though unwitting, participants in the sexual violence enacted against these women; the artist in his creation of these rapes and the viewers in their reception of the images. By making the viewer a first-hand witness to these rape scenes, Goya accomplishes greater empathy for the women than other artistic portrayals of rape, however, he also unintentionally sheds a spotlight on the callousness of the viewer, and by extension, the artist himself. Both created and publicly received my men, the scenes of sexual violence shown in plates 9-11 display and discuss the rape of women as a means to an end in which the lives and suffering of these women, fictional or real, are periphery to what acts of sexual violence say about the men who wage war. Although art historians and critics today may consider the beauty of the plate’s compositions, is it at all possible for scenes which portray violence against women, as in the Disasters of War, to be considered beautiful? I would like to address how these images were received when The Disasters of War was released in 1863, considering the plate’s reception by contemporaneous art critics such Enrique Mélida within the context of how rape was understood in the nineteenth century. By comparing They don’t want it, Nor do these, and Nor those to portrayals of rape by Goya and other nineteenth-century artists, in addition to portrayals of rape by female artists, I hope to clarify where Goya’s rape scenes reside on a spectrum of artistic representations of rape, ranging from exploitative to empathetic.

Espa̱a sin esperanza: la visiÌ_n de Larra

January 01, 2018 12:00 AM
Kolton Pierson, Southern Utah University My research paper deals with the author Jose de Larra in Spain during the Romantic Period. The author is relevant to this period, because of the critiques he makes about the Spanish society and their ways of living. Specifically my research analyzes Larra’s critiques about Spain’s limiting traditions, how Spain rejects new and innovative ideas, and about how Spain has no desire to progress. I also would like to research how Larra’s personal life influenced in his works. Larra lived in France for a large part of his life, and thus had many new ideas that he wanted to bring to Spain. However, the majority of those living in Spain at the time, rejected his ideas, because of their traditions. The primary sources to conduct this research are going to be two of Larra’s most famous works namely, “Vuelva usted ma̱ana” y “El dÌ_a de difuntos de 1836.” In addition, I will use scholarly journals and book chapters relevant to my project. This presentation will be conducted in Spanish, because this is a project completed for one of my upper-level Spanish courses. The purpose of this research is to demonstrate that the vital force of writers differed from that of the general Spanish society during the Romantic Period. In this period, Spain was in a heated contradiction while trying to decide if it was better to open up to the innovative ideas of Europe, especially France and England, or to enclose itself in its own traditions. This research is significant to the literary field, because it shows how many intelligent thinkers of the time had ideas that could really benefit the general public, but out of fear, tradition, or some other motives, the ideas were rejected and forgotten.

Religiosity and Psychological Well-Being among People of Color: A Meta-Analysis

January 01, 2018 12:00 AM
A majority of the population in North America endorses religious/spiritual beliefs, with the highest levels of endorsement occurring among ethnic minority groups. Despite this important cultural trend, previous psychological research looking at religion and psychological well-being has been focused on White (European American) populations. There is a growing need to further understand the psychological effects of religiosity among minority groups. Given that ethnic minorities are also at an elevated risk of suffering from mental illness, it is in the best interest of both patients and providers to note any factors that may serve as therapeutic support. The purpose of this meta-analysis is to assess the relationship between religious or spiritual beliefs and psychological well-being. We also hypothesized that a number of moderating factors will be revealed through our data analysis. Through our intensive literature review we extracted data from 120 research studies which reported 42,972 individuals’ psychological well-being as a function of their self-reported religiosity/spirituality. Inclusion criteria were studies from 1980 to 2008 that reported correlational data on constructs of religiosity (religious activities and spiritual beliefs) with constructs of mental health, conducted in North America, with populations that self-identified as being racial, ethnic, or cultural minorities. Retrieved studies were coded twice and verified for accuracy. The modal study involved cross-sectional (correlational) data obtained by convenience sampling from community samples of middle-aged adults. All age groups except children were adequately represented in the literature. Notably, most studies (78%) reported African American participants. On average, across all types of measures of well-being, the random effects weighted correlation with participant religiosity/spirituality was .14 (se = .01, 95% CI = .12 to .16, p < .0001). These results show low to moderate correlations between religion/spirituality and mental health among ethnic minority groups. The range of correlations was from -.11 to .55. These associations held up across racial groups. The association was stronger among older populations and samples with greater percentages of female participants. Mental health professionals need to consider client beliefs when providing treatment. Research may need to further assess the degree to which religion and spirituality affect positive psychological functions rather than distress. Likewise, the nature of psychopathology may be such that it alters the very construct of religion that we were attempting to assess. Formulating an empirical basis for these relationships constitutes a major step forward in the implementation of validated spiritually adapted interventions in mental health care for ethnic minorities.

Leaving Burma: An analysis of British policy in the Burmese independence process

January 01, 2018 12:00 AM
Kylan Rutherford, Brigham Young University

Dance and Culture from Ancient Greece

January 01, 2018 12:00 AM
Alexis Taylor, Southern Utah University