Archives for the ‘Monroe’ Category

Michael Sparrow – Ainulindalë: The Music of the Gods – Blog Post 2

By • Jun 11th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Monroe, Research

“Then the voices of the Ainur, like unto harps and lutes, and pipes and trumpets, and viols and organs, and like unto countless choirs singing with words, began to fashion the theme of Ilúvatar to a great music; and a sound arose of endless interchanging melodies woven in harmony that passed beyond hearing into the […]

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Michael Sparrow – Ainulindalë: The Music of the Gods – Blog Post 1

By • Jun 8th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Monroe, Research

“There was Eru, the One, who in Arda is called Ilúvatar; and he made first the Ainur, the Holy Ones, that were the offspring of his thought, and they were with him before aught else was made. And he spoke to them, propounding to them themes of music; and they sang before him, and he […]

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Michael Sparrow – Ainulindalë: The Music of the Gods – Abstract

By • May 8th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Monroe, Research

In the beginning of J. R. R. Tolkien’s novel The Silmarillion, he compares the creation of Middle-earth to a song. My research goal for this summer is to produce an original, full-length interpretation of what that song might have sounded like. The orchestration of my composition will contain a separate instrument for each of the […]

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The Northumbrian Frontier: At the Edge of an Early Medieval Kingship

By • Apr 4th, 2018 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Monroe, Research

This project focuses on the kingdom of Northumbria: it was the foremost polity in existence on the island of Great Britain between 500–700 CE. Expanding from a fortified hill on the ocean, Northumbria grew into the valleys and mountains of its hinterland. Bolstered by the church, the kingdom maintained its power well, flourishing in the […]

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Abstract – 20th Century American Fine Art Activism

By • Apr 26th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Monroe, Research

My Monroe Project is going to be on American fine art activism in the 20th century. Fine art activism is a subclass of protest art, which, like the name implies, is art used in political activism. I will be focusing on drawing and painting, and not other forms of prevalent protest art, such as performance […]

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Finished Product Post: America’s Perception of the US’s K-12 Public Education System

By • Aug 28th, 2015 • Category: China, Honors Thesis, Monroe, Research

Greetings all, Just wanted to give y’all a recapitulation on how my project turned out and the overall process. As I said before, I spent the first half or so of my summer doing more general research and getting a good feel for what exactly I was dealing with. Starting from day 1, I stockpiled […]



What it might really mean when we capitalize certain words

By • Aug 16th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Monroe, Research, William and Mary

We traditionally capitalize proper nouns in the English language in order to distinguish specific entities from generic terms. One capital letter can entirely change the meaning of a sentence. One might say, “I bought an Apple” in order to indicate that an Apple computer was purchased. While, “I bought an apple,” uncontroversially means that someone […]



Post #3: America’s Perception of the US’s K-12 Public Education System

By • Jul 17th, 2015 • Category: China, Honors Thesis, Monroe, Research

Hey everyone, So here’s my third post about how my project is going so far this summer. There’s not too much interesting new information to share with anyone.  The first half of the summer I focused on researching my topic and gathering data and statistics about opinions and countries. Now I’m moving on to actually […]



Blog Post 1: Franchise Quarterbacks

By • Jul 6th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Monroe, Research

I recommend reading my abstract, which provides background information on the topic and project, before this blog post. http://upperclassmonroe.blogs.wm.edu/2015/03/20/abstract-what-is-a-quarterback-worth/ A note on naming conventions: When referring to a season, or a team from a particular season, the official NFL convention is to refer to it as the year that the regular season took place. This […]



Post #2: America’s Perception of the US’s K-12 Public Education System

By • Jul 3rd, 2015 • Category: China, Honors Thesis, Monroe, Research

This is the my second post on my project Examining the American Public’s Perception of the United States’ Education System as Failing. Since my last post, I looked more into international testing of students, cultural differences in how much emphasis is placed on education in different countries, and the merits of different educational systems, among other […]