Appealing to the Algorithm: How to Use Social Media to your Advantage (Film and Digital Arts, Monk Schane-Lydon)
Jake Toltz’s thesis concerns social media algorithms and how to use them for marketing. The thesis outlines how the algorithms function and evolve overtime, as well as how to determine the content they prefer so that one can make anything go viral. It is basically a guide for anyone from the largest mega-corporations to the smallest family businesses who wish to use social media to its best capabilities and profit.
Nanoparticles as a Means of Anti-Cancer Drug Delivery (Chemistry, Jessica Robbins)
Kairo Baylor tests a pH-sensitive nanoparticle that encapsulates the anti-cancer drug, but only expands and dissassimilates in the acidic conditions of cancerous cytoplasm to reveal the drug. She explores ways to minimize cancer treatment side-effects and ameliorate anti-cancer drug delivery by using nanoparticles that can discriminate between the two cell types based on internal differences.
Show Up and Show Your Work: On Self and Compassion in the Classroom (Education, Polity, and Society, Anne O’Dwyer)
Using personal narrative to reflect on the concept of “young scholarship,” Ali Levinson observes ways in which her age has been a defining factor of not just her achievements, but her identity. “The thesis, to me,” Levinson states, “feels like a swan-song of my education, with analysis of pedagogical and psychological theorists who focus on the development of self and learning from experience.”
Stories Untold (Theater Arts, Aimee Michel)
In this thesis, Ajara Jagne studies the writings of three African women: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie from Nigeria, Wangari Maathai from Kenya and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from Liberia. In particular, she explores the stories they tell and analyzes aspects of gender, race, education, acculturation, and identity. She draws on these writers’ stories as inspiration for her own creative writing. A substantial portion of the thesis takes the form of a personal essay, a letter she has written to a mentor and a friend, and a one-act play that she wrote, produced, and directed.
Therapy & Theater: Emotions in Dis-Play (Psychology & Theater Arts, Anne O’Dwyer)
Jesus Alcazar uses his thesis to explore the many connections between theater and drama therapy, comparing the actor-audience relationship to that of a therapist and patient. Recognizing the functions of catharsis, transference, and five key emotions (anger, empathy, fear, sadness, and love), Jesus applies his research to his own experience enacting the role of Creon in Bard College at Simon’s Rock’s Fall 2020 production of Antigone.
Up in Smoke (Film and Media Arts & Literature, Dien Vo)
Anna Loretan’s thesis is a short film created over the past two semesters. She wrote the screenplay and was aided by an incredible team of Simon’s Rock students to produce it in the fall. Up in Smoke follows two characters encountering each other after several months’ absence, as well as their eccentric friend. What will come to the surface when the three face each other one last time?
Bard College at Simon’s Rock Class of 2021.