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Fall 2017, Senior Honors Presentations

Ellen Miner, French Major / History and English Minors

Ellen’s presentation was titled “Marie Antoinette Queen of France: Portrayal in Film vs. Historical Reality.” The project compared three films about Marie Antoinette, the queen of France from 1774 to 1793. These films are titled Marie Antoinette, Reine de France (1956), Marie Antoinette (2006), and Les Adieux à La Reine (2012). Each film portrays Marie Antoinette from a somewhat different perspective, and the purpose of the project was to see which film is most historically accurate. While some may know a few things about the French queen, there is much more to Marie Antoinette than a young Austrian girl thrust into the expensive, expectation-filled, aristocratic world of the French Monarchy.

Claudia Morales, Double Major in International Studies and French

Claudia’s presentation was titled “Redefining the Frenchman: National Identity and its Effects on Policy and Immigration in the 1930’s and 1960’s.” French politics has seen a consistent rise in nativist rhetoric, nationalistic solutions, and populist agenda. Though immigration has drastically changed the demographics of France since the beginning of the 20th century, their national identity has never grown to incorporate its immigrant populations. Claudia’s research examined the repercussions of this self-perceived identity on French policy and North African immigration in the 1930s and 1960s. She submits that this paradigm sets into motion a cycle of unproductive and short-sighted immigration policies. This project shed light on the social implications of an unchanging national identity and the negative effect it has on policy. The project also highlighted the potential for political development in other countries if a country like France could reassess what it means to be French.

Kathryn Tombs, Double Major in Theology and Spanish

Kathryn’s project was titled “La frontera: Exploring Divisions within Our Borders through the Lens of Contemporary Theater and Catholic Responses to the Hispanic Immigrant in the U.S. Today.” The project analyzed an original play that Kathryn wrote based on conversations with a Hispanic kitchen staff. It is inspired by her past experiences as a waitress. She compared her play with two other contemporary theatrical works that also reflect the Latino immigrant experience in the U.S. The goal of the project was not to resolve the many problems stemming from the current U.S. immigration crisis, but rather to discuss the challenges pertinent to the Latino immigrant experience and how to respond to those challenges with various statements issued on behalf of the Church.