Graduate Student Scholarship Celebrated at CONCEPT Launch Event

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Watch the 2023 CONCEPT recognition event.

VILLANOVA, Pa. – CONCEPT, the scholarly journal of graduate students in the Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, launched its 2023 edition with a recognition event this spring. The CONCEPT Graduate Research Prize was awarded to Jamie Wojtal, a master's student in English, for "Legibility and Annotation: Reading Images and Words by Wendy Red Star, Thomas Harriot, and Theodore De Bry."

CLAS Graduate Studies Dean Emory Woodard, PhD, hosted the CONCEPT Recognition Ceremony, which featured a discussion with Faculty Managing Editor John Kurtz, PhD, and other faculty editors, as well as student authors, editors and peer reviewers about all areas of the CONCEPT process. The event concluded with a cocktail reception.

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This year, CONCEPT includes papers from graduate students in Classical Studies, English, History, Human Resource Development, Liberal Studies, Political Science and Theatre. The journal seeks to honor and highlight not only exemplary papers within their respective disciplines but also scholarship with wide interdisciplinary appeal. It is published in partnership with the Office of Graduate Studies and Falvey Memorial Library.


Papers appearing in the print and online editions:

Graduate Research Prize Essay
Jamie Wojtal, English
Legibility and Annotation: Reading Images and Words by Wendy Red Star, Thomas Harriot, and Theodore De Bry

Brendan Cochran, Theatre
Generational Transformation of the Postcolonial Masculine Ideal in Cathleen ni Houlihan, At the Hawk’s Well, and On Baile’s Strand

Ceydy Jaramillo, Political Science
Love, Memory, and Resistance: The Respectability Politics of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and the AIDS Social Movement

Gabriel Morbeck, History
The Root of Empire: Botany, British Imperialism, & Early American Encounters with Ginseng, 1738-1784

Andrew Noland, Political Science
Aesthetics as State Security: International Law, Art Repatriation, and Ontological Security

J. Matthew Villanueva
“This is How I Fight”: The Evolution of Masculinity within Contemporary Depictions of Asian American Men

Papers appearing in the online edition:

Doria Diacogiannis, Human Resource Development
Gen Z on the Horizon: The Importance of Strategic Change Within the Organization

Teya Juarez, Theatre
"Is This Thing On?": Staging Gender, Sexuality, and Race via Metatheatricality

Elisa Markhoff, Classical Studies
Dying for Wisdom: Seneca and Socrates in Dialogue

Elizabeth Miner, History
Victory was Survival: An Environmental History of Benedict Arnold's 1775 Expedition Through the Maine Wilderness to Quebec

Kelly Morgan, Human Resource Development
Let's Get Real: The Value of Realistic Job Previews in Recruitment Strategy

Eva Wynn, English
The Ties That Bind: Personal Feelings in Giovanni's Room

Read all of the CONCEPT papers.

CONCEPT Editorial Board

Faculty Managing Editor
John E. Kurtz, Psychology

Editorial Assistant
Ashmita Ghosh, Psychology

Faculty Editors
Paul Bernhardt, Applied Statistics
Sarah Faggioli, Augustine and Culture Program
Rebecca Makas, Augustine and Culture Program
Bess Rowen, Theatre
Erica Slotter, Psychology

Graduate Student Editors
Alison Pascale, Theater
Caitlin Salomon, English
Ethan Shea, English
Claryn Spies, Philosophy
Suzanne Staherski, Political Science

Peer Reviewers
Luis Berrios-Hayden, Geography and Environment
Deidra Cali, English
Rose Dietrich, Psychology
Harris Drachman, Psychology
Lucretia Dunlap, Psychology
Sloan Garner, Theater
Tertia Gillett, Philosophy
Lauren Greaves, Communication
Ramon Guzman, Public Administration
Michael Ryan Henderson, Psychology
Tyler Hubeny, Psychology
Erica James, Liberal Studies
Teya Juarez, Theater
Sarah Krull, Psychology
Dane Litchfield, Theology
Alec Martin, Psychology
Sherry Meyer, Communication
Tia Nicolas, Psychology
Yuting Peng, Applied Statistics
Hannah Person, Psychology
Iuri Piovezan, Political Science
Adam Riekstins, English
Harini Sankar, Psychology
Cody Triplett, Psychology

Concept authors pose for a photo with copies of the 2023 edition

About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenged and changing world. With 39 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.

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