Quin Morton '36 Freshman Research Conference

Spring 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