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Conference Presentations
by Mellon Scholars

Arts and Humanities Colloquium
This event offers students from the Arts and Humanities courses at Hope College an opportunity to present their work to an audience of faculty and of their peers. The Colloquium is a semi-formal occasion resembling as much as possible a professional academic conference.

Kayleigh Forlow, "Reading, Writing, and Living the Revolution: Intertextual Conversation in Ginsberg's 'A Supermarket in California'," February 23, 2012.

Kaitlyn Holmwood, "Dancing for Democracy: How Dance Influenced the Cultural Conversation of the Cold War," February 23, 2012.

Alex Mouw, "1848 in France: the Destructive Power of Workshops," February 23, 2012.

Julie Oosterink, "Famous Women in Literature and Deed: Placing Caterina Sforza Among Exemplary Women of the Italian Renaissance," February 24, 2011.

Daniel Owens, "Thabo Mbeki's African Renaissance: An Exercise in Rhetoric or A Transformative Vision for African Development?," February 24, 2011.

Celebration for Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance
Hope College's national reputation stems from its undergraduate research opportunities. The Research Celebration is a means to showcase the original and creative student work from the previous year. Those who visit see the importance of hands-on experiences in a liberal arts setting.

Athina Alvarez, “Tulips as Cultural Emblems in 17th-Century Netherlands, ” April 13, 2012.

Elizabeth Badovinac, “Virginia Woolf’s Exploration of Bipolar Disorder in To the Lighthouse,” April 13, 2012.

Anthony Bednarz, “To Cure the Criminal: The Practice of Institutionalization in Asylum and Penitentiary History,” April 13, 2012.

Katie Callam, “The Creative Process of Composer Clara Schumann,” April 13, 2012.

Lauren Ezzo, “Twins and Eugenics in the Holocaust,” April 13, 2012.

Kayleigh Forlow, “Reading, Writing, and Living the Revolution: Intertextual Conversation in Ginsberg’s ‘A Supermarket in California’,” April 13, 2012.

George Getschman, “Still America’s Pastime: The Longevity of Baseball in U.S. Culture,” April 13, 2012.

Kaitlyn Holmwood, “Dancing for Democracy: How Dance Influenced the Cultural Conversation of the Cold War,” April 13, 2012.

Tessa Judge, “A Revolution in American English: The Transformation of American Spoken Language from the 1940s to the 1970s,” April 13, 2012.

Lauren Madison, “History and Environmental Issues in the Lake Macatawa Watershed,” April 13, 2012.

Madalyn Northuis, “From 'Savage' to 'Civilized' and Back Again: White-Cherokee-African Relations from 1790 until 1861,” April 13, 2012.

Daniel Owens, “The Hybridization of Peacekeeping: The United Nations Mission to Liberia Revisited.” April 13, 2012.

Amanda Palomino, “Creativity in Community: Using the Inklings as a Model for Collaborative Groups Today,” April 13, 2012.

Hailey Perecki, “When Images and Words Collide: The Artist Book and Where the Wild Things Are,” April 13, 2012.

Taylor Rebhan, “Believing Versus Being and Living: The Correspondence Between Leo Tolstoy and Gandhi,” April 13, 2012.

Kara Robart, “The Yorkshire Moors in the Romantic Tradition: Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and J. M. W. Turner’s Frosty Morning,” April 13, 2012.

Chikara Saito, “Sunyata and Kenosis: Examining the Forms of Emptying in Buddhism and Christianity Through the State of Suffering,” April 13, 2012.

Sara Sanchez, “ ‘Teasing with the Fumes’:Succèss de Scandale and the Reception of Sylvia Plathand Anne Sexton,” April 13, 2012.

Kelli VanDyke, “‘Songs from the Dark’: The Origins of German Romantic Opera and Its Ties to English Gothicism,” April 13, 2012.

Kevin Wonch, “Returning to the Roots: Urban Farming and Environmentalism in Detroit,” April 13, 2012.

Athina Alvarez, "Leonardo da Vinci, Francis I, and the Struggle for International Prestige in 16th-Century France," April 15, 2011.

Tessa Angell, "María de Zayas y Sotomayor: A Transnational Protofeminist in Seventeenth-Century Spain," April 15, 2011.

Katie Callam, "Ralph Vaughan Williams and the English Musical Renaissance: A London Symphony, 'Who Wants the English Composer?', and a New English Music," April 15, 2011.

Kristen Dunn, "Exploring Hope College’s Rare Book Room: A Treasure Trove of Resources for Students of Art History," April 15, 2011.

Madalyn Muncy, "'Shakespeare’s Sister'– Victorian Women and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights Through the Lens of Elizabethan Drama," April 15, 2011.

Julie Oosterink, "Americanization and the National Catholic War Council," April 15, 2011.

Daniel Owens, "Thabo Mbeki’s African Renaissance: A Transformative Vision for African Development?," April 15, 2011.

Kelli VanDyke, "From Monster to Mainstream: Removing the Gothic from The Phantom of the Opera and Other 'Monster' Narratives," April 15, 2011.

Human Development Conference at the University of Notre Dame
The conference is an opportunity to explore interdisciplinary, sustainable approaches to improving livelihoods and advancing human dignity. Our inspiration for this year’s theme comes from Eduardo Galeano’s work, “Those Little Numbers and People.” In it, he observes, “In our countries, numbers live better than people. How many people prosper in times of prosperity? How many people find their lives developed by development?” With these ideas in mind, we aim to uncover the meaning of human-centric development. How do both the real, everyday experiences of people merge with statistical indicators of poverty and development to reveal something about their lives?

Daniel Owen, "The Hybridization of Peacekeeping: The UN Mission to Liberia Revisited," February 10, 2012.

International Studies Association Annual Conference
The International Studies Association (ISA) is the premier organization for connecting those interested in pursuing mutual interests in international studies.

Daniel Owens, "American Foreign Policy During Periods of System War: Learning From Long-Term Trends in an Effort to Minimize the Prospects of U.S. Involvement." April 1-4, 2012.

National Conference on Undergraduate Research
The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) promotes undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study.

The annual conference gives undergraduate scholars in all fields and from all types of institutions of higher learning a forum to share the results of their work through posters, presentations, performances and works of art.

Katherine Callam, "The Compositional Process of Clara Schumann's Piano Trio in G Minor, op. 17," March 29-31, 2012.

Daniel Owen, "The Hybridization of Peacekeeping: The United Nations Mission to Liberia Revisited, " March 29-31, 2012.

Kristen Dunn, "Rare Book Room: An Excavation of Hope College's Collection," April 1, 2011.

Posters on the Hill
Sixty competitively selected student posters are displayed on the U.S. Capitol during a late afternoon reception. In the morning of the same day, there is an orientation session, followed by visits from students and their faculty mentors to their Representatives and Senators' offices.

Katie Callam, "The Compositional Process of Clara Schumann's Piano Trio in G Minor, op. 17, " April 23-24, 2012.