Quin Morton '36 Freshman Research Conference

Fall 2015

The fourth Quin Morton ’36 Freshman Research Conference took place on Friday, November 20, 2015. The conference showcased the scholarly work of a range of exceptional Spring 2015 Writing Seminar students from different courses and disciplines. During the conference, our distinguished writers gave 10-minute presentations of their work in small panels, followed by question-and-answer sessions. 

Program of Events

Opening Remarks
11:00 - 11:15

Dr. Jill Dolan, Dean of the College

Session I
11:15 - 12:15

Panel A, G001 Hargadon Hall

Maggie Pecsok, “Life in Neverland: Eternal Youth or an Alternative to Adulthood?”

Emma Watkins, “Aura: Defying Reproduction”

Fiona Furnari, “From Mellow to Delish: Sense Experience in Differing Physical Locations within the Same Time Frame”

Panel B, G002 Hargadon Hall

Adetobi Moses, “Language Politics: Conrad, Achebe, & the Role of the African Author in Literature”

Mihika Kapoor, “Social Media: The Unofficial Regulator of Self-Satisfaction”

Nitasha Siddique, “Be the Change You Want to See: Multiculturalism as a Means for Progress in Ms. Marvel”


12:15 - 1:15

Session II
1:15 - 2:15

Panel A, G001 Hargadon Hall

Valerie Wilson, “’You Fucking Bitch’: Gone Girl, Amy Dunne, the Media, and Feminism in the ‘Aughts’”

Katherine Shifke, “’Jane, you ignorant Slut:’ ‘Slut-o-ween’ And The Formation of a Female Identity”

Julia Case-Levine, “Cougars, Cubs and Kittens: Television’s Representation of the Sexuality of Aging Women”

Panel B, G002 Hargadon Hall

Samantha Ip, “The Dark Side of Artificial Happiness: Reflections on Ethics in a Psychopharmaceutical Age”

Pritika Mehra, “Transcendental Treatment: Using Ayahuasca to Treat Anorexia”


Session III
2:30 - 3:30

Panel A, G001 Hargadon Hall

Hannah Tandy, “The Zodiac of the Beth Alpha Synagogue”

Rani Jaiswal, “Henry Martyn: Destruction and Perfection in the 19th Century”

Kaitlin O’Riordan, “The Vaccine Debate: Balance Between Protection and Empowerment of Children”

Panel B, G002 Hargadon Hall

Caleb Gum, “How to Survive Your Next Trip to the Supermarket:  Modern Survivalism and Commercial  Dissatisfaction”

Eric Qiu, “The Fishy Business of Transgenic Salmon: Explaining the Delay in the Mass Commercialization Process”

Gavin Zhang, “Impossible is Nothing: Adidas’ 2008 Beijing Olympics Campaign and Consumer Nationalism”


Session IV
3:45 - 4:45

Panel A, G001 Hargadon Hall

Adam Berman, “The Internet as the Primary Source of the Emic Criticism of the Otherkin Community"”

Jamie Hintson, “Nude and Normal: Modern American Nudism as a Conservative Subculture”

Layla Malamut, “Fandom: Reevaluating the Figure of the Imaginary Friend”

Panel B, G002 Hargadon Hall

Ji-Sung Kim, “Momotarō as a Vehicle for Imperialist and Marxist Propaganda”

Ben Ulene, “A Lockean Property Rights-Based Perspective on Pregnancy”



Conference Organizers
Andy Hakim, Leah Klement, Emma Ljung, Benjamin Weber
Funded by the Princeton Writing Program