Mary W. George Freshman Research Conference

Mary W. George Freshman Research ConferenceFall 2018

The tenth Freshman Research Conference took place on Friday, November 16, 2018 in New South. In Spring 2016, the conference was renamed in memory and celebration of Mary W. George and her devotion to undergraduate research at Princeton. The conference showcased the scholarly work of a range of exceptional Spring 2018 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

Welcoming Remarks

(New South, 3rd Floor)

James Alexander (Alec) Dun, Assistant Dean of the College


Session I

Panel A: Otherness and the State
(New South, 3rd Floor)

Jack Allen, “‘I’m longing to see the real India’: Depictions of Otherness in Lean’s A Passage to India

Benjamin Ball, “Nobody Loves the Bible More than I Do”: An Analysis of the Effect of Theological Nostalgia on Evangelical Voters in the 2016 Election”

Jonathan Ort, “Antecedent and Agency: Historical Reckoning in the LTRC”


Lunch and Academic Research Roundtable: Innovation with Evidence

(New South, 3rd Floor)

Roundtable Participants:
Varun Bhave, Class of 2019
Sofia Bisogno, Class of 2020
Nicholas Johnson, Class of 2020
Lucina Schwartz, Class of 2019
Delaney Thull, Class of 2019


Session II

Panel A: Regulation of Bodies
(New South, 3rd Floor)

Katharine Matthias, “A Time Out for the ‘Time Out’: The ‘Time Out’ and its Impact on Solitary Confinement through the Establishment of Carceral Logic”

Nimra Nadeem, “The Racist Liberal Humanist: Black Plasticity and the Self/Other Dialectic in Jordan Peele’s Get Out (2017)”

Joanna Zhang, “Radically Un-English”: The Cultivation of a Colonial British Identity through the Regulation of Chinese Prostitution, 1867-1880”

Panel B: Restrictive Categories
(New South, 2nd Floor)

Jack Aiello, “Anti-Corruption Conditions: Not Just Business as Usual”

Lauren Flaming, “Redefining Mental Toughness: How Female Athletes Evolve Appreciation for their Muscular Bodies”

Lily Rezai, “Attitude and Altitude: An Evaluation of Biochemical and Geographical Trends between ADHD and Elevation”

Phoebe Warren, “Looking Backwards: Gazing at the Miniature Self-Portraits of Sarah Goodridge”


Session III

Panel A: Power and Identity
(New South, 3rd Floor)

Haeley Ahn, “Breathing Life into Intangible Cultural Heritage: Wŏnhyŏng in Korea's Poyuja Lineage System and its Implications for UNESCO”

Nikoo Karbassi, “The Iranian Divide: How Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis Reinforces the Islam versus West Paradigm and What This Says about Persian Culture”

Ivy Truong, “Are Sex Workers Equivalent to Disney Workers?: The Case for Seeing Sex Work as a Performative Profession”

Panel B: Discrepancies in Meaning
(New South, 2nd Floor)

Julia Ilhardt, “Constructing America’s Nature: Incongruities and Inequalities in the Thoughts and Works of Frederick Law Olmsted”

Anson Jones, “A Proposed Reconciliation of Music Cognition and Notation: Why the Staff Has Spurred an Unnecessary Debate”

Hannah Smalley, “Beyond the Dictionary: 1970s and 1980s Media Coverage of New York City Subway Graffiti as a Case Study for the Development of Semiotic Connotations”


Session IV

Panel A: Scholarly Silences
(New South, 3rd Floor)

Artem Khan, “Lie to Me”

Andrew B.L. Tye, “It Really Isn’t Easy Being Green”: A Quantum Reimagining of Modern Evangelical Eco-Theology”

Raya Ward, “Back to the Future: Constructing a Method to Interpret Still Life Paintings”


Conference Organizers
Daniel ChoiDannelle Gutarra Cordero, Leslie Ribovich
Funded by the Princeton Writing Program