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Ashley Barry, a double major in English and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Stony Brook University, spent the summer watching scary movies for her senior thesis project on “Feminine Fear: Affect Theory and Horror Films in the Twenty-first Century.”

Raul Boquin, now an MIT senior, remembers the assignment from his freshman year as if it were yesterday. During a leadership workshop, he was asked to write a headline for a newspaper in his imagined future.

On a recent afternoon, a small group of students gathered around a large table in one of the rooms at the Stanford Archaeology Center.

"Father." Her father, Isaiah Nixon, an African American man who had dared to vote in the 1948 Democratic Primary in Montgomery County, Georgia, only the second held since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled all-white primaries unconstitutional. Her father, who was gunned down by two white men that evening on the front porch of her home, when she was just six years old.
A history major at the University of Kansas received an Undergraduate Research Award and studied the African-American history of Lawrence, Kansas. He found that though the city was the epicenter of the free state movement before the Civil War, it struggled later with racial integration. His findings note a history which he says, "can contribute greatly to the field of African-American urban history.
McGrath Farm, a former part of the Colonel James Barrett Farm in Concord, Massachusetts, which served as an arsenal for the Concord Militia during the Revolutionary War, is the site of an archaeological dig conducted by professors Andrew Koh and Travis Parno and their students.
One senior at the University of Pennsylvania is working to improve history through museum design.
California’s record-breaking drought may be a wake-up call for many Golden State residents. But for Harry Williams, a Bishop Paiute elder whose reservation occupies 900 parched acres near the California-Nevada border, water scarcity is anything but new.
After Lauber returned to the US, he attended a community college in Minneapolis for one year before “feeling like [he] wanted more options and opportunities” out of his college experience. Ultimately, it was the International Studies program that made his decision to transfer to the University of Iowa an easy one.
An undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania studied a little-known dialect in the Ciociaria region of Italy and its complex relationship between two dueling political powers, Rome and Naples. He hopes that his studies will serve as a model for languages worldwide facing similar obscurity, proving useful to "anyone interested in the long term effects of conflicted territory and shifting national boundaries."