Quin Morton '36 Freshman Research Conference

Quin Morton Freshman Research Conference ImageSpring 2014

The first Quin Morton ’36 Freshman Research Conference took place on Friday, April 11, 2014. The conference showcased the scholarly work of a range of exceptional Fall 2013 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

Welcome (10:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.)
(The Writing Room)
Amanda Irwin Wilkins, Director, Princeton Writing Program
Session I (10:15 a.m.-11 a.m.)
Panel A (G001 Hargadon Hall)

  • Peter Park, "A Question of Honor? The Importance of Pragmatism in American Interventionism"
  • Melissa Parnagian, "The Asterisk: Inequalities of Affirmative Action"

Maria Medvedeva, Moderator
Session II (11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)
Panel A (G001 Hargadon Hall)

  • Selena Kitchens, "Holy Grails and Golden Hands: Redemption in the Morte d'Arthur and A Song of Ice and Fire"
  • Katherine Lee, "To Nerd or Not to Nerd: Representations of Scientists in The Big Bang Theory"
  • Margaret Wang, "Heisenberg as the Uncertainty Principle: What is Walter White?"

Brendan Wright, Moderator
Panel B (G002 Hargadon Hall)

  • Alice Tao, "Bounded by Beauty: The Influence of Photography on Perception and Approaches to Cultural Landscape Assessment"
  • Natsuko Sato, "The Vocaloid Case Study: Examining Advancements in Music Technology"

Danielle Meinrath, Moderator
Lunch (12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m.)

Session III (1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.)
Panel A (G001 Hargadon Hall)

  • Paul Rosen, "Feeling Backward and Better: Female Disability in Empire Falls"
  • Cailin Hong, "Gender, Power and Sexual Transgression in American Beauty"
  • Vinicius Amaral, "Calling to the Underworld: How the Clash's London Calling Redefined a Cultural Era"   

Joseph Califf, Moderator  
Panel B (G002 Hargadon Hall)

  • Katie Hanss, "George Washington Carver: Man, Myth, and Historical Perspective"
  • Juliette Hackett, "The Effects of Society's Attitude and Current Legislation on the Well-Being of Teenage Sex Offenders Who Committed Consensual Statutory Rape"
  • Vivian Chen, "Too Big to Fail: Resolution Procedure for Systemically Important Financial Institutions"

Khristina Gonzalez, Moderator
Session IV (2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.)
Panel A (G001 Hargadon Hall)

  • Arunraj Balaji, "Reactions to Paranormal Horror: The Search for a Comprehensive Theory"
  • Martha Jachimski, "Melancholia: A Portrayal of Major Depression as an Existential Reality Check"
  • Jonathan Liebman, "A Smile on a Tormented Face: Absurdist Consciousness and Post-Reflective Identity in Camus' L'Étranger"

Timothy Recuber, Moderator 

Panel B (G002 Hargadon Hall)

  • Emily Chen, "Expanding the View of Asian-American Autobiographies: From Expressions of the Collective Self to Multidimensional Voices of History"
  • Lulu Chen, "Genius: Society, Mythology, and You"
  • Lori Bin, "Realness and Gender Identity: Is Drag as Subversive as it Seems?"

Timothy Haupt, Moderator


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