Archive for May, 2018

Self-Defeating and Self-Effacing-A Problem for Ethical Egoism?

By • May 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

In the first section of Reasons and Persons, Derek Parfit suggests that theories of self interest are inherently indirectly self-defeating and probably self-effacing. Ethical egoism, which I hope can serve to answer the non-identity problem without invoking total utility, is a theory of self interest, and thus it is pivotal to ask whether the fact…
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The Question of Bundanga

By • May 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As the month of May draws to a close, I can happily say that I have already accomplished quite a bit, immersing myself ever further into the literature surrounding Afro-Caribbean religious traditions. This being said, new dilemmas continue to present themselves to me daily, the most prominent being that of bundanga. Bundanga is a term used within communities…
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Subcedence, Neoliberalism, and the Coming Ecological Collapse

By • May 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Since my research is in its very early stages still, I thought I’d use this blog space as a way to express some first impressions of topics I’ve encountered thus far. Firstly, the overarching theme of the paper can be condensed into a simple slogan: system change, not climate change. An informed reader will know…
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May Update: Participants Around the Bend

By • May 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Since finishing finals a few weeks ago, I have been spending some time at home in Massachusetts with friends and family. After a busy semester, it has been nice to take some time to relax, but I am feeling ready to return to Williamsburg and get started on my research. While I’ve been doing a…
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Aloud Is Allowed

By • May 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Most of my content origination happens when I am sitting in my room, laptop open and sticky notes unsticking themselves from my walls. Theatre, in my experience, has unfailingly necessitated collaboration. The oxymoronic reality of my own playwriting process is that I am most productive writing people when I have no people around. My past…
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Effectiveness of College Preparation Programs for Disadvantaged Students- Part 1

By • May 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Introduction Attending college makes a large difference in students’ lives, especially in terms of economic well-being. On average, Americans with a bachelor’s degree earn about $47,000 per year in after-tax income, compared with only $29,000 for high school graduates (Ma et al. 2016). Unfortunately, for those with low socioeconomic status, earning a bachelor’s degree is […]

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An Act in Providence

By • May 30th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

“I Am Providence.” – H.P. Lovecraft Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, Howard Phillips Lovecraft spent the majority of his life – with the exception of a few miserable (and xenophobically-charged) years in Brooklyn, New York – in the city, roaming and learning its various streets and byways. When, in the mid-1920s, he was…
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Where History Comes to Life: A Day at the Duxford Air Festival

By • May 30th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

On Sunday, I attended day two of Imperial War Museum Duxford’s Air Festival. Ever since I was a child, I have always wanted to go to the Imperial War Museums, especially IWM Duxford. Although I was in Cambridge (where Duxford is located) last summer for a six week long study abroad program, I was unable…
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Constructed Language: Conclusion

By • May 30th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, language, Research

Introduction We now near the end of our long journey through the lore, technique, and arcana of constructed language. In the first week of my research, I studied existing constructed languages, ranging from the most useful (e.g., Esperanto) to the most abstruse (e.g., Ithkuil). I used what I found in my first 40 hours to […]

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Best of Wives and Best of Women- On the Road

By • May 29th, 2018 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

The day was May 14th, and there I was at the archives of the New York State Library. It was my first day embarking on my research, and I felt like I was Nick Cage in National Treasure. A whole box of 18th century letters was sitting in front of me, I opened it up to […]

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