Vassar College Digital Library

Institutional Repository

Vassar College's institutional repository reflects the research and scholarly output of the Vassar College community.  It provides access to many collections, including a variety of senior theses and projects from disciplines ranging from American Culture to Urban Studies. 

In early 2022 Vassar College Libraries moved the institutional repository from Digital Window to the Vassar College Digital Library. This new method of access is a work in progress and will be officially launched in June 2022. The original Digital Window will remain accessible through July 1, 2022. 

Champagne and Caviar for all? Exploring the juxtaposition of gourmet culture with social justice activism and transitions within the Slow Food movement

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2013-January-01
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As issues of food and agriculture enter the mainstream culture of the United States, the number of passionate supporters of efforts to change the industrial food system is growing steadily. However, those at the helm of the movement are conflicted...

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Coalition for Abolition: Strategic Alliances and Antiprison Activism in California's Central Valley

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2013-January-01
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There are currently over 3 million people locked behind bars in United States prisons, jails, and detention centers. In this era of mass incarceration, prison abolitionists envision a world entirely without prisons. The politics of abolition are complex, and the...

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How to Make it Rain: A Practical Analysis of Storytelling Forms

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2014-January-01
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The following is an experiment in practical analysis of storytelling media. The project seeks to explore what insights can be gained about media specificity and adaptation theory
through the process of constructing a story and adapting it into background notes...

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I heard it through the grapevine: Gossip as observational learning at college

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2013-January-01
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After personally engaging in the communication networks present at Vassar College, I have chosen to research the function of gossip in small communities such as college campuses. After collecting data on the many facets of gossip and informal information sharing...

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Meditative Breath Promotes Healing in the Process of Loss, Grief and Mourning

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2013-January-01
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Death and grief are universal experiences. Although this suffering is endured privately, individuals are often encouraged to seek external resources such as medication, therapy or religion to ease their pain. The objective of this study was to determine how a...

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Olympe de Gouges and Qiu Jin: The Revolutionary Women of France and China

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2013-January-01
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The extent to which the reform movements of revolutionary China and France "emancipated" women is difficult to assess. In many ways, French and Chinese women both benefited greatly from the sociopolitical changes wrought by the reformist ideologies of these periods...

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Scripting (In)security: Cartographic Violence and Performances of Securitization in the Western Sahara

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2014-January-01
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Throughout the forty-year conflict over the Western Sahara, the United States has supported Morocco's occupation of the disputed territory. This overall policy has remained relatively consistent over time, yet constantly subjected to contestation. The debates over policy and various modes...

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The Moral of the Mulberry: Early Vernacular Reinterpretations of Pyramus and Thisbe

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2013-January-01
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This thesis concerns the transmission of Ovid's <em>Metamorphoses </em>and the story of Pyramus and Thisbe during the Late Middle Ages, and early reinterpretations of the tale in Italian, Old French, and Middle English in the fourteenth century. Ovid's original version...

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Wanted: Smart Students from Poor Families Neoliberal Multiculturalism & Diversity in the New Racial Capitalism

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2014-January-01
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The primary objective of this senior thesis is to explore how the logics of access, affirmative action, equal opportunity, educational pipelines, and diversity have been constructed, defined, and understood in contemporary U.S. American higher education; and how these meanings and...

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