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Julia Pattison-Gordon (DC'13)

February 2013

Humanities Celebrated

Over the past decade, Carnegie Mellon University – known for its excellence in technology and the arts – has bolstered its standing in the humanities thanks to distinguished faculty and support from numerous foundations, corporations and individuals.

To highlight recent achievements, the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Center for the Arts in Society (CAS) held “A Celebration of the Humanities with Michael Witmore.”

Faculty, students and alumni from the four humanities departments – English, History, Modern Languages and Philosophy – joined Dietrich College Dean John Lehoczky and members of the campus community for a look at the past, present and future of the humanities at CMU.

A reception followed the program and featured 10 humanities students showcasing their current work with poster presentations. Below are links to abstracts of their projects.

Natalie Brandell (DC’13)
Japanese Studies and Chemical Engineering
Motherhood and Fear: The Influence of Traditional Religion on American and Japanese Horror

Sara Faradji (DC’13)
Global Studies
Humanities Scholars Program
Reconstructing the African Nation: An Analysis of Post-Conflict State Building in Sub-Saharan Africa

Kimberly Josephson (DC’13)
Hispanic Studies and International Relations and Politics
Spain’s Lost Generations: Human Rights Abuses, Failures in Democracy, and Post-Transitional Justice

Margaret Kowalski (DC’13)
Economics and Chinese Studies
Effect of Chinese “Checkbook Diplomacy” on Oil Production in Angola, Nigeria, and Sudan

Lisa Kwon (DC’13)
Decision Science
Humanities Scholars Program
African-American Athletes and the Rise of Basketball on Television

Jeffrey Papai (DC’13)
Business Administration and History
The Rise and Fall of the Cape-to-Cairo Railroad, 1890-1935

Julia Pattison-Gordon (DC’13)
Creative Writing
Growing Pains at the End of the World

Irene Tai (DC’13)
Professional Writing
The Art of Giving: An Analysis of Arts Management Funding Challenges

Audrey Tse (DC’13)
Global Studies
Chinese Comrades Through the Lens and Camera of Cui Zi’En

Kathryn Wells (DC’12)
Global Studies
Decision Making and Control in American Childbirth

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