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James Jobb ’11: Villians, Knaves and Scurvy Sea Dogs: The Demonization of Pirates in the Early Modern Era
James Jobb’s arrrrrr-esting symposium about the demonization of pirates in Britain in the early 18th century set sail with an opening clip from the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean.” He discussed how the British government depicted pirates as “cold-blooded murderous villians” and launched propaganda campaigns showing executions as being an inevitable consequence of being a pirate. According to Jobb, the threat form pirates from 1700-1750 came when Britain was not a stable and secure state due to overextension of resources because of imperialism and wars. Jobb said pirates’ actions were more subversive to the state than other criminal deeds because they did not subscribe to traditional social structures and they mimicked state practices. The public became fascinated with pirates partly due to public records of their trials and executions, Jobb said. Ed. note: Thus, the phenomena behind the making of a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie?
Sarah Stanciu ’11, “On Juvenile Delinquency: We Know What Works, We Just Have To Do It”
Before a packed audience in Richardson Auditorium, Sarah Stanciu ’11 discussed her recent summer internship with the Cook County Juvenile Court in Chicago. Stanciu was a probation officer intern and spent four months partnered with different probation officers to mentor delinquent youth and provide educational programs for them. She was placed in the Grand Boulevard Unit, based on the south side of Chicago. Stanciu used Latane’s Theory of Social Impact in her symposium to discuss how positive role models and negative influences can push a child into or prevent them from a path of delinquency. Through her discussion of the three main styles of probation officers — social service based, law enforcement based, and a combination of the two — Stanciu argued that a mentoring relationship with delinquent youth and removal from a damaging social environment can help these youth reenter society successfully.
Joe Emery ’11: “The Sahara’s Lost Cause: What Can the Polisario Achieve in Western Sahara?”
Joe Emery, a senior international relations student, presented a symposium about the conflict between Morocco and the Polisario in the western Sahara. The Polisario, which stands for Popular Front for the liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Rio de Oro, is a liberation movement for the Sahrawi, the indigenous population. The western Sahara territory is the subject of much dispute between the Sahrawi and the Moroccans. Morocco, which has been called the “worst of the worst” by Amnesty International when it comes to violating human rights, has built a 1,500-mile-long wall —fortified by 140,000 Moroccan troops — in the territory, separating the Sahrawi population. Emery argued for international support for the Sahrawi people and decried French and U.S. support for Morocco.
Steven Jackson ‘12 – Cultural Values and Cognitive Style: Exploring the Realm of Auditory Information
Steven Brokaw Jackson ’12, a Culture & Cognition major, opened his presentation by asking the audience a rhetorical question regarding the progression of a musical scale. Jackson’s research, which questioned whether assumptions about musical progression were culturally based, provided for an interesting and engaging multi-media presentation. Steven introduced and explained the differences between analytical and holistic approaches to cognition and problem solving. He then explained his survey, which asked participants to listen to various progressions in tone, pitch and volume and guess whether the pieces would continue in the same trends or change. His study provided insight into the way in which different people from all over the world relate to and understand music on a cognitive level.
Jeremy Cornelius ’12 – Masking and Subverting Morality in Oscar Wilde and John Waters’ Art: Representing Queer Sexualities through Decay and Degeneration
Jeremy Corenlius, a Creative Writing and Women’s and Gender Studies double major, drew parallels between the novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” by Oscar Wilde, and the 70’s-era cinema of John Waters in his symposium presentation. Both Wilde and Waters represent queer sexualities through tropes of decay, social rejection, and scandal. Cornelius argued that both Wilde and Waters made statements about the separation of art from morality through images of sexual degeneration and perversion, which set the terms for a more modern homosexual identity. Both Wilde and Waters created art that shocked audiences. Cornelius admirably kept his calm during an AV snafu, and answered questions about similarities between Victorian England and 70’s-era America with knowledge and aplomb.