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11th Annual Mitchell Center Undergraduate Research Conference

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by The Jack Miller Center.

Abstracts and full papers are available here.

AS THE CULMINATION of a year of meetings to refine their research projects, the Mitchell Center undergraduate research fellows present their projects in a one-day conference, with diverse topics that include physicians in 18th-century Philadelphia, the international practice of direct democracy, obstetric care in Costa Rica, street art along the U.S.-Mexico border, the management of Type II diabetes among the Maya of Guatemala, women's groups in Batista-era Cuba, Derrida's critique of Kant's concept of hospitality, labor actions in Texas colonias, and communication about the risks of assisted reproduction Israel.


PANEL 1 - 9:15-10:45 am - Democratic Ideals: Classical, Cosmopolitan, Popular

Rive CADWALLADER (Health and Societies)
Medicine in the “Athens of America”: Physicians and the Neoclassical Movement in Late 18th-Century Philadelphia

Jeffrey CAREYVA (English)
The Hostile in the Hospice: Derrida's Critique of Kantian Hospitality

Michael TORCELLO (Political Science)
Let the People Rule: The Promises and Perils of Direct Democracy in the Modern World

Discussant: Anne NORTON (Political Science)

PANEL 2 - 11:00 am-12:15 pm - Experiencing Medical Care: International Perspectives

Alisa FELDMAN (Health and Societies)
Be Fruitful and Medicalize: IVF Risk Communication and the Politics of Assisted Reproduction in Israel

Isabel GRIFFITH (Health and Societies)
Obstetric Violence: A Subtext of Voiced Experiences of Childbirth and Maternity Care in Costa Rica's Public Healthcare System

Discussant: Sara JACOBY(Penn Nursing)

PANEL 3 - 1:30-2:45 pm - Democracy and Citizenship in the Borderlands

Parker ABT (History)
Federalism, Government Responsibility, and Citizenship in Texas Colonias

Julia BECKER(Communication and Public Service)
Street Art at the U.S.-Mexico Border: An Analysis of Anti-Trump and Pro-Immigrant Street Art Across Five Sites

Discussant: Tulia FALLETI (Political Science)

PANEL 4 - 3:00-4:15 pm - Rights and Resistance in Latin America

Nubia ORTEGA (Medical Anthropology)
The Experience of Managing Type II Diabetes Among Indigenous Maya in the Western Highlands of Guatemala

Amanda NART (History)
Civil Society & Gender Politics in Batista’s Cuba, 1952-58

Discussant: Kathleen BROWN (History)

CLOSING REMARKS - 4:15-4:30 pm

Abstracts and full papers are available here.