Presenting the Honors Senior Research Thesis and Senior Research Projects 2020/21.

Join this academic year’s last event with the Honors Society at the LAC Conference Room – in accordance with the current Covid-19 restrictions – this Friday, April 30, at 5 p.m.

The event will celebrate the achievements of Franklin’s talented and highly motivated graduating Honors students as they present their final Honors projects in their discipline of choice.

The Honors Program is an academic program dedicated to students seeking to do further research and scholarship, beyond the boundaries of their regular undergraduate curriculum, and ending with a special project, the Honors Senior Research Project or Thesis. Each project is based on original research, developed in close collaboration with thesis advisors over the course of the last year of studies. Attending the event is a great opportunity to explore what is possible to achieve as an undergrad, hopefully sparking curiosity and awareness.

This year’s Showcase includes ten Honors projects, here below featured in alphabetical order:

  • Andrea Briscoe (History) with “Using the Amish? An Examination of the National Committee for Amish Religious Freedom and Its Role in the Christian Right Movement”;
  • Simon Bruns (History, and International Economics with an Emphasis in Political Economy) with “International Solidarity and the nature of GDR foreign policy: The Interplay of Ideological Rhetoric and Economic Need”;
  • Marième Cissé (Communication and Media Studies, and International Relations) with “Political Correctness, a Returning American Public Enemy: An Ideographic Analysis of Discourses of <Anti-Political Correctness> during the 2016 American Presidential Campaign”;
  • Catherine Cravens (History) with "Meanwhile, in Texas: History Education Policy as a Reflection of Civic Identity During the 1990s";
  • James Fahey (Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, and History) with “Dark Knights and American Patriots: US National Mythology and Superhero Cinema, 2008-2016”;
  • Allison Kalvaitis (History) with “Vanguardism. Sergei Nechaev’s ‘Professional Revolutionary’ and Its Reception Across the Political Spectrum in 20th Century Russia and the United States”;
  • Pearl Kasirye (Communication and Media Studies) with "The Future of Media Literacy Education in Uganda”;
  • Moriah Simonds (Art History, and History) with “Theory of a Holiday State: American Visions of Honolulu in the Jet Age (1950-1970)”;
  • Luciana Vazquez Arrua (Social Justice and Sustainability) with “Waste Management Proposal for the City of Pilar with the opportunity of a circular economy”;
  • Carisa Villela (Literature) with “A Comparative Study of Liminal Identities in Select Mexican and Chicano Literary Texts”.

Take part in the Showcase at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 30, live via zoom from the LAC Conference Room – please email Professor Pyka at for the zoom link.

Following the presentations, participants are also warmly welcomed to a small in-person reception, minding the Covid-19 safety measures.