The senior thesis is emblematic of the kind of intellectual freedom Bard College at Simon’s Rock’s Upper College students are given. It is a year-long, self-designed scholarly project that is the capstone of a student’s work. It’s required of everyone. The thesis is not just an academic requirement for a Simon’s Rock Bachelor of Arts degree, it is work that adds to the world’s storehouse of knowledge.

At the beginning of the thesis project, a formal proposal must be submitted and approved. This collection includes senior thesis proposals beginning in academic year 1998-1999 as well as theses beginning in 2011.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Agency within Authenticity, or How I Finally Found(ed) My Self, Zara Anwarzai

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Vers(us) Translation: Emmanuel Dongala’s Jazz and Palm Wine, Marisa Benitez

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To be Black and Female in a White Society, Demitria DeRiggs

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Gimballed Spherical Protection of a Quadcopter, Erik Elbieh

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States of Refuge: Moving Bodies & Emerging Politics, Colin Eubank

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City.Text., Isabel Filkins

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Luxuriant Withholding: Blackness and Concept in the Event of Charles Gaines, Ciaran Finlayson

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Well-Oiled Machine in the Next Town Over (+ Other Organized Sounds), Julian Garcia-Kwan

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The Role of Language in Developing Environmental Relationships & Intimate Landscapes: A Photographic Study of Environmental Relationships, Isabella Goldman

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Software Entrepreneurship in Healthcare: An Experience in Software Conception and Implementation, Harrison Gregg

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“TRAP SNAKE”, Lee Hayes

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"I Am Obstinate...I Disappear": Toward a Communism of Reading A Lacanian Thesis, Izaak Hecht

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I Am My Father's Son: A Journey in Life, Love, and Liberations, Jacob Ireland

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Reimagining the Home[made], Amanda Johnston

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The American Food System: We The People -- Why We Eat What We Eat, Jessica Kaller

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BiMusicality: How to Eat Your Cake and Still Have It!, Jake Larcqua

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Saximus: The Saxophone Playing Robot, Giancarlo Lezama

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An Analysis of Gravity’s Rainbow: On the Radical Politics of the Historical Novel, Cary Long

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Theoretical and Kinetic Analysis of Nitrification and Reactor Design in the Scope of Lab Scale Wastewater Treatment, Alessandra Martinelli

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Prosperous Piracy: Contemporary Maritime Economics and Politics in Two Case Studies, Alexander Morrow

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Conserving the State: Postcolonial Nigeria's Gender Troubles, Victoria Ogundipe

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Amour oiseau d’étoile: Messiaen’s Divine Surrealism, Sam Paris

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From Pacific Ocean to Plastic Sea: Political Ecology of the Pacific Garbage Patch, Arden Pickoff-Rafferty

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Intervals of Inspiration: A Creative Process in Vision and Sound, Alexander Pitman

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Burning Nova One Town, Two Adaptations, Kahlia Russell-Self

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New Perspectives on Interactivity, Aaron Santiago

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American Dreamscapes: Homeownership andthe Spatial Politics of Discipline, Desire, and Resistance, Michael Shank

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Flight 208, Friedolin Stockmeier

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A Day in the Life: Through the Looking Glass of Mad Men, Ali Stritzler-Levine

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A Reminder of Life: The Architecture of the Trees and a Call for Wonder, Moses Sukin

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Gesture and Emotion, Charlie Suydam

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Lost and Found: Examination and Short Story Collection of Third Culture Kids (TCKs), Mayu Suzuki

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The Pursuit of Reality in the Nineteenth-Century Novel, Moe Thet War

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Alternative Catalysts to Precious Metals for the CO2 -­‐ CO Conversion, Laura Boning Zhu

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Population Survey of Dreissena polymorpha (Zebra Mussels) in the Housatonic River, Sarah Abusaa

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Zara Anwarzai

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Reekloon's Star, Edward Bakshis

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Marisa Benitez

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Evaluation of atherosclerotic plaque permeability using novel dynamic contract enhanced (DCE) MRI techniques, Alexandra Black

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Playing the Viola da Gamba: an historical investigation with practical implications, Ceilidh Blood

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Punica Granatum: Lost Seeds, Sahra Brubeck

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A 21st-Century Office Building, Wade Burelbach

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Mushrooms: An Evaluation of Fungi Indigenous to Berkshire County, William Deng

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Bulding a Framework of Conflict: The Second World War and its Relation to Modern Warfare, Michael Depp

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Demitria DeRiggs

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Erik Elbieh

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Colin Eubank

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Isabel Filkins

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Ciaran Finlayson

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A Stunted Reconstruction: The "Ukrainian Question" in Polish Eastern Thought and Policy, 1893-1921, Marcel Garbos

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Julian Garcia-Kwan

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A Dream Deferred: The Shortcomings of Education Reform and the Unfulfilled Promise of Equal Educational Opportunities, Paige Gbasie

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The Algebra of Rubik's Cube, Gemma Gearhart

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The Theater of Intimacy: A Manifesto and Journal of Discovery, Bethany Geiger

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How to Succeed in Title Blocks: An Applied Research and Study of Technical Direction in the Theater, Robert Connell Gess

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Theezus: Approaching the Care of the Self, Rohan Ghatak

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Isabella Goldman

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Analysis and Contextualization of Automobile Versus Pedestrian Trauma: A John Peter Smith Hospital Case Study, Regan Gray

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Harrison Gregg

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The Reality of the Online Virtual World: An Insight to the Self, Value, and Economic Action, Nicole Gunara

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Lee Hayes

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Izaak Hecht

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Eels Not Climbing Things: A Study of Rheotaxis in Anguilla rostrata and its Applications to Conservation, Ian Hetterich

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Jacob Ireland

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Amanda Johnston

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A Short Comparison and History of Veterinary Medicine in the United States and France, Bianca Johnston

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A Translation and Analysis of Christian Kracht's Faserland, Miranda Jones

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Colors/Shades: Learning to View the Other through a Lens of Carefully Learned Blindness, Julian Claire Mia Kang

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A Tale of Two Towns: Relationship Between Community and Resort in a Tourism Environment, Daniel Katten

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Visualizing the Animal Multitude: Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century Hapsburg Painting and a Twentieth-Century Afterword, Erik Koch

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Traditional Perceptions and Practices toward Reproductive Health Care: A Community Study in Burma, Ei Thinzar Kyaw

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Jake Larcqua

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Joseph Leonard

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What the Folk?!: Exploring First-Hand the Performance of Folklore in Asian and New England Communities, Jordan Lome

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Cary Long

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Theatre and War: Conversations with Brecht on the Making of a Political Tabernacle, Cary Mandell

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PNEUMA: An Artistic Exploration of Breath and Movement, Avery Mauel

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Ashes and Shadows: Angels in an Exploration of Creative Writing and Photography, Kirsiah McNamara

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Qui perd sa langue, perd sa foi: An Analysis and Pilot Study of French Dialect in Southern Maine, Chelsea McNay

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(Em)body(ing) (E)motion: An Active Exploration of the Poetics of Embodied Language, Heather Meehan

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Your Couture: Developing and Application for iOS using Objective-C and Xcode, Sophie Miller

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Alexander Morrow

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"Excuse Me While I Kiss the Sky" Tuning in with Woodstock's Grandchildren, Enana Nduku

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The Shale Gale: The Effects of New Natural Gas Production on Electricity Generation Fuels and Prices, Bradley Oerth

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Millenials, Health, and the Doctor-Patient Relationship, Serina Pace

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Disaster: A Network Analysis of When Engineering Goes Wrong, Benjamin Palmer

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Sam Paris

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This is my body: Exploration of Sexuality, Christianity, and Suicide, Lucy Peterson

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Arden Pickoff-Rafferty

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Alexander Pitman

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Assessment of Non-Native Green Sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus) Populations in Western Massachusetts, Taylor Polster

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Competition is Unethical, Dante Popple

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Borders of the Borderline: Borderline Personality Disorder and the Limits of Psychiatry, Joelle Portelinha

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Practice in the Age of Arcade Basketball, Philip Psomopoulos

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Cultural Machines: Communications and Post-Industrial America, Miles Read

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"The Image is the Poet's Pigment": Paradoxical Intersections Between Word and Image, Zoe-Eve Rhinehart

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Theater v. Film: A Comparitive Analysis, Virginia Robinson

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Kahlia Russell-Self

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"To Cross the Road": Implications of Language Planning, Nationhood, and the Amazigh of Morocco, Emma Sanger-Johnson

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Aaron Santiago