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Friday, March 17 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Some Remarkable Individuals and their Meaning — Science Addition G14

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Clerking for "God's Grandfather" - Chauncy Belknap's Year with Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr (Paper)
Lizzy Williams
When Chauncey Belknap clerked for Supreme Court Justice Holmes it was 1915-16, and the world of D.C. was alive with magic. Belknap wrote in a journal nearly everyday he clerked, beginning with President Wilson announcing he was remarrying, and covering a world of law, society, and brilliant minds. This summer, we will be publishing the culmination of 2.5 years of research into this diary. My participation in a panel, or a poster presentation would detail the world of 1915-16: legal issues, women's fight for the right to vote, WWI's eruption, and the many characters who went on to shape American life.

A Wonderful Life (Paper)
Alexandra Seymour
Even those we believe to be ordinary can lead extraordinary lives. This is something I realized as I completed my final project for Journalism 318 last semester, which was a profile of my father's life. Indeed, at 81 years old, he exemplifies strength and resilience. Listening to him recount his life story showed me in greater detail than I ever had been given before what a remarkable human being he is. Now, I'd like to share his colorful story with the W&L community.

USS Gambier Bay (Paper)
Jackie Clifford
This journalism piece is the account of one soldier's experience on the USS Gambier Bay, an escort carrier that sank during WWII in the Pacific theater. Researched through existing literature about the sinking of the ship and an interview with the solder, this literary journalism piece chronicles Albert Kubichek's experience as a seaman during the war and the battle that sank the ship.

J. D. B. De Bow: Promoter of the New South (Paper)
Polli Noskova
James Dunwoody Brownson De Bow, the editor of De Bow's Review (1846-1848), is best known for his work in promoting southern agriculture, industry and sectionalism. Branded one of the southern fire-eaters, a cohort of magazine and newspaper editors and writers best known for their staunch defense of slavery, but largely forgotten because of the didactic nature of his work, De Bow created an economic program for the South which became the basis of the New South Creed. This was a slogan promoted in the 1870 and 1880s urging the South to modernize, embrace industry, northern capital and immigration, all while maintaining a distinctive southern culture.

"God is the Perfect Comprehension:" Zelda Fitzgerald's Deposition in Context (Paper)
Caroline Todd
This paper was the result of a fall term independent study with Professor King in the art history department. For this paper, I examined the religious artwork of Zelda Fitzgerald -- wife of F. Scott -- and its context within her own biography as well as other twentieth century art movements and primary documents including an unpublished essay held in the Princeton University Special Collections department. Most specifically, I applied this analysis to her 1945 work The Deposition, a watercolor depicting Christ's descent from the cross. The field of Fitzgerald art historical scholarship is otherwise untapped, as no other literary critics or art historians have examined Fitzgerald's work in detail, especially that completed after her husband's death. With that in mind, my project had two goals: one, to pursue a topic with no precedent, and another, to counter fictional notions of the romanticized "Zelda" of pop culture fame.


Friday March 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Science Addition G14