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Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection


Barrett, the Honors College accepts high performing, academically engaged students and works with them in collaboration with all of the other academic units at Arizona State University. All Barrett students complete a thesis or creative project, supervised and defended in front of a faculty committee. The thesis or creative project allows students to explore an intellectual interest and produce an original piece of scholarly research. The thesis or creative project is a student’s opportunity to explore areas of academic interest with greater intensity than is possible in a single course. It is also an opportunity to engage with professors, nationally recognized in their fields and specifically interested and committed to working with honors students. This work provides tangible evidence of a student’s research, writing and creative skills to graduate schools and/or prospective employers.


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2002 2015


A literary analysis of Marvel's Civil War comic book and comparing it to post 9/11 America. Specifically out of post 9/11 America the paper focuses on comparing the USA PATRIOT Act and War on Terror to a parallel act passed in the Marvel universe.

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Silva, Sebastian Miguel, Facinelli, Diane, Foy, Joseph, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

A look into the historical significance of clothing and clothing construction to self-fashioning.

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Lee, Elizabeth Kristina, Facinelli, Diane, Ryner, Bradley, et al.
Created Date
2013-05

The concepts of animal rights and animal welfare are often used interchangeably, but it is important to recognize their distinctions when conceptualizing an argument about animal welfare laws. The animal rights approach is the more radical, as its advocates advance the belief that humans should not use any products from of created by animals. On the other hand, animal welfare advocates set out to improve the legal structure that protects animals from suffering and push for more humane treatment. It is important to the movement to have laws that clearly define cruel acts and impose punishments to deter people from ...

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Wilson, Jessica, Kramer, Zachary, Facinelli, Diane, et al.
Created Date
2012-04

An analysis and informal ethnography of the participatory culture in Phoenix, Arizona that identifies itself as "geeky" or "nerdy." Conducted through numerous interviews and academic research, the project looks at this active community under the scope of personal choice and togetherness.

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Huskinson, Harmony, Facinelli, Diane, Scott, Suzanne, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

Anorexia Nervosa is an increasing problem in today’s day and age. With the overbearing messages of what the media portrays to be beautiful, some people are responding by engaging in unhealthy eating habits. By taking embodied cognition into consideration, there may be a method to help treat people with Anorexia Nervosa that has not been attempted yet. According to embodied cognition, the body influences the way a person thinks (Glenberg, 2010). If people with Anorexia Nervosa are thinking in unhealthy ways in terms of their body, providing relief from these unhealthy forms of thinking may come in the form of ...

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Brazones, Katelyn Suzette, Facinelli, Diane, Glenberg, Arthur, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

Executive Summary Finding Joy in the Journey is a sports philanthropy project I have designed to connect the Arizona State University Women's Basketball team with girls between the ages of 7-12 in the Phoenix community who have the same love for the game basketball. Through monthly team bonding events over a nine-month season, these young girls are able to build long lasting relationships with their role models and learn how to find the joy in the journey. Finding joy in the journey is key in our fast paced and on the go American lifestyle. The successes and bumps in the ...

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Burke, Joy, Facinelli, Diane, Ostrom, Amy
Created Date
2013-03

Between 1100-1500 A.D. England was defining its political and economic power in Europe and as a country. The social expectations of women were based on the general beliefs of femininity that stemmed from physiological characteristics and the religious demands of the church. Three women of considerable social and political power changed the dynamics of English monarchy and the position of women in power for the rest of history. Empress Matilda, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and Margaret Beaufort each defined their positions at the time, changing the pre-conceived notions of femininity by acting in what their contemporaries deemed a masculine way. Matilda, ...

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Anderson, Alexandra Jael, Facinelli, Diane, Wheeler, Jacqueline, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

This thesis aims to analyze and explain the resurgence of the superhero genre, particularly in recent cinema, directly following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. It will also deconstruct the current American political landscape and define how popular culture has historically reflected real-world issues. The study draws heavily on the political ideology of neoliberalism and Henry Jenkins’ media theory of convergence culture. I ultimately argue in the course of the analysis that viewers of these superhero films, regardless of their interest in comic books, cathartically release their fears and post-9/11 anxiety through cinematic escapism. It will also relay the ...

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Walker, Lindsay Anne, Facinelli, Diane, Himberg, Julia, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

Science fiction has a unique ability to express, analyze, and critique concepts in a subtle way that emphasizes a point but is still entertaining to the audience. Because of science fiction’s ability to do this it has long been a powerful way to ask questions that would normally not be addressed. As such, this paper provides an overview of the effects of biomedical technology in science fiction films. The discussions in this paper will analyze the different portrayals of the technology in the viewed cinematic pieces and the effects they have on the characters in the film. The discussion will ...

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Grzybowski, Amanda Ann, Foy, Joseph, Facinelli, Diane, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

In Mistvon, everyone is happy. The people there go about their daily duties with wistful smiles, and unburdened hearts, their worldly cares both trivial and meaningless. Jobs have been abolished, people are financially set, and everywhere the gleaming city of Mistvon burns brightly, a beacon of mankind. And yet, from the shadows, the Gentlemen lurk. They rule the citizens of Mistvon with an iron thumb that few even realize exists, destroying their creativity and robbing them of their free will; a result of the mysterious Avatos. Because of this, Gaven Vos, a citizen who has seen the truth, and is ...

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Cawthon, William Marshall, Fleck, Tyler, Facinelli, Diane, et al.
Created Date
2013-05