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The New Noxçiyn: The Branding of Chechnya’s Public Image through the Instagram Account of Ramzan Kadyrov

By Dante Fernandez Nominated by Professor Sarah Bishop, Dante Fernandez’s research paper for COM 3060, Spring 2018, puts an in-depth examination of visual images in conversation with a diverse set of source materials in order to critique Ramzan Kadyrov’s instagram, while placing it within its global, socio-political context.  An inadvertent outcome of Johannes Gutenberg’s innovations with printing press was the
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Totalitarianism and Perpetual War: 1984, A Case Study

by Prachi Jain A literary case study, Jain’s essay expertly balances a close reading of Orwell’s classic text with a discussion of Hannah Arendt and Charles Tilly’s analysis of totalitarian regimes.  George Orwell’s 1984 describes a dystopian society in which the future of London, a city in the super-state of Oceania, is abysmal and steeped in totalitarianism and perpetual war. As seen
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“So What?:” Establishing Context and Motivation

Regardless of genre, most successful essays make it clear why their topic is important. Often referred to as “answering the ‘So What?’ question,” this move helps readers understand the essay’s context—what is happening at the time of writing that makes the topic important—and it’s contribution to an existing conversation. For example, Patrycja Koszykowska answers the “So What?” question in the
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Middle Fingers Up… Tell Him [Society Has Systematically Oppressed Me]

by Farrah Goff Farrah Goff originally wrote this analysis of Beyoncé’s groundbreaking video album, Lemonade, for the class Music 3022: History of Popular Song in America; the essay also integrates Goff’s work from her Independent Study in English for Black Critical Theory.    In late April 2016, Beyoncé dropped the extensive video album Lemonade, which featured huge hits and focused
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The Fragmented Global Culture

By Patrycja Koszykowska  An in-depth study of the causes and consequences of populism in relationship to globalization, Koszykowska’s paper was written for POL 2001: The United States in an Age of Globalization. It negotiates multiple sources and deftly employs topic sentences to forward her cogent and well-organized analysis.  I. The Proposition of the Paper The 21st century phenomenon of globalization
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Activist Investors and the Health of Companies

By Seongeun Tammy Lee Lee’s essay on the role of activist investors in the Dow-Dupont merger and their overall effect on the long-term health of a company was written for BUS4444H, Honors case studies in Business. Traditionally, shareholders of a company are invested in maintaining long-term relationships with that company rather than focusing on their short-term interests, such as earning
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Worlds We Create: Art and Memory in Proust’s Swann’s Way

By Miranda Revilla Revilla’s essay was nominated for publication by Professor Albert Fayngold. If the past is a foreign country, how do we get there? Both conventional wisdom and Proust’s epic work point to memory as the sole vehicle for taking us to the past, but is it really enough? It would seem so, yet, for a careful reader of
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Owners and Inferiors: Influence of nationalism on the lives of ethnic minorities in the post-Soviet Uzbekistan

By Alexandra Ten Ten’s essay was nominated for publication by Emily Long Olsen, a Writing Consultant at the Baruch College Writing Center. This essay is the analysis portion of her Oral History Project for Professor Martina Nguyen’s HIS 1003 course; it is based in part on an interview with Olga Ten. To read the complete interview, please click here.  
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Economic Development in New York City: A Look at the Priorities, Policies, and Problems at the Local Level

By Konstantin Zborovskiy Nominated by Professor John Liu, Zborovskiy’s essay was the required final research paper in PAF 9144, Budgeting and Financial Analysis II, Spring 2015. Professor Liu writes: The paper demonstrated the student’s mastery of a major topic of the course and was graded on research content and analytical argument.  Specifically, the paper earned high marks in the following
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Excellent Fopperies: Soliloquies in King Lear and Measure for Measure

By Matthew Jones A literary analysis essay written under the direction of Prof. Paula Berggren, this essay was awarded the first annual Berlfein Prize for Best Undergraduate Nonfiction Writing in Spring 2010. The paradox of Shakespearean theater lies in its ability to communicate plausible emotion and generate compassion while using artificial language and adhering to theatrical conventions: the use of
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