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DCC Annual Undergraduate Conference

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Irvine Auditorium, Room G7 (Ground Floor) (Accessibility)

THROUGHOUT THE 2013-2014 YEAR, DCC Undergraduate Research Grant recipients have met to discuss and refine their research projects.  Their hard work will culminate in an annual conference where they will present their papers in a wide-ranging series of panels that reflect the diversity of their interests and majors.  Please join us to support these exceptional students, to learn from their findings, and to provide thoughtful feedback on their presentations.


9:00 - 10:30: The Contributions of Courts in Historical & Comparative Perspective

Julia Kelsoe (History): “Enabling Tyranny: Procedural and Jurisdictional Change in the Court of the Star Chamber”
Amanda Mauri (Health and Societies): “The Right to Health: Is it Worth It? The Utilization of the Right to Health by Progressive Latin America Courts”
Discussant: Philip Nichols (Wharton School, Legal Studies and Business Ethics Dept.)

10:45 - 12:15: Money, Politics, and Health

Urja Mittal (Poli Sci, Econ, Wharton Finance): "Limitless: Supergivers and Independent Spending After Citizens United"
Shabnam Elahi (Biology): “Mapping Risk: Asbestos Exposure in Ambler, Pennsylvania”
Discussant: Amy Hillier (School of Design, Social Policy and Planning)

12:15 - 1:15: Lunch Break

1:15 - 2:45: Civil Society Activism in Times of Conflict

Serena Covkin (History): “Patriotic Women, North and South: The American Civil War, Citizenship, and Memory”
Elie Peltz (Psychology): “The Adaptability of Peacebuilding Efforts within Changing Political Environments: Social Boycotts and Israeli-Palestinian Civil Society Relations”
Discussant: Robert Vitalis (Political Science)

3:00 - 4:45: History, Identity, and Values

Sindhu Nandhakamur (Poli Sci): “The LLRC: Sri Lanka's Truth Commission?”
Shawn Teo (Poli Sci): “An Empirical Basis for Asian Values? Data from the World Values Survey”
Mauricio Novelo (Comp Lit / English): “Theatrical Approaches to History”
Discussant: Anne Norton (Political Science)