February 18, 2010 Student Scholarship Symposium
Wearable Justice?: Selling Social Justice in the Twenty-First Century
Today, issues of social and political justice have become increasingly trendy and perhaps more disturbingly, commercial. While clothing and other products that tell consumers to “Go Green,” to take a “Stand Against Female Genital Mutilation, or to “Stop Genocide and Save Darfur” are well intentioned and may indeed help social causes, we have to ask ourselves what type of justice these advertising campaigns are promoting. Is a wearable act of charity, such as a t-shirt that supports “HIV/AIDS education and prevention efforts,” a just act or rather a public billboard advertising one’s benevolence?
The Song of Lincoln: Walt Whitman’s Memory of Abraham Lincoln as a Soldier Martyr
In American history, the collective memory rarely becomes separated from the current historical understanding of the event or person. Just as different regions, groups, and historians understand the American Civil War differently, dissimilar perspectives on Abraham Lincoln, one of the greater historical figures of the Civil War, have emerged throughout the decades. Walt Whitman, the “Great American Poet” who greatly admired the President and strongly lamented his death, provides poetic insight to the memory of Lincoln after his assassination. Walt Whitman’s post-Civil War poetry, particularly “When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom’d” and “O Captain, My Captain” significantly affected the American memory of President Abraham Lincoln. These poems, rich with symbolism, create an image of Abraham Lincoln as both a soldier, in the sense that Lincoln was one among many to sacrifice his life for his nation, and a martyr, as one whose death was necessary to his life for nation’s triumph. This paper examine how, to Whitman, Lincoln was simultaneously the great redeemer of the Union and the common soldier fighting for a great cause. Through the immense popularity of Whitman’s poetry, this dual image of Abraham Lincoln became part of the national memory.___________________________________________________________
Redeeming the Underground Man: Writing as a Vehicle of Redemption in Dostoevsky's "Notes from Underground"
|The Changing of Chinese Medicine: Interlacing TCM with Western Politics
As China has begun to open up to the rest of the world, after its isolation during the Cultural Revolution, many rapid changes in Chinese culture have occurred. For instance, traditional Chinese architecture that is noted for its intricacy and vivid color has been given up for blocks of identical cement apartment buildings and an endless view of skyscrapers. The practice of medicine has also undergone dramatic changes in a complicated and, at times, contradictory process of reversion and progression. Through my internship in a hospital in China, I learned firsthand about the medical practices at a modern hospital in Hangzhou, China, and how China is continuing to practice traditional Chinese medicine while proceeding with the Western advances in practices and equipment. This paper explains how the modern medical practices in China arose because of central government planning initiatives, and how these initiatives created a complex system that intertwines Western practices and traditional Chinese medicine.