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The Displacement of Oromo Farmers: A Critical Understanding of its Impacts and the Role of its Community Members

Iman Abdella : Sociology, Political Economy Minor Summer 2016

The further one reaches towards the outer fields of Oromo, the closer one gets towards the chaotic infrastructures currently in place. Since late November 2015, dozens of violent confrontations have emerged in towns across Ethiopia, merging into the central Oromia region, which is home to the largest ethnic group, the Oromo. Protesters are opposed to party members and... Read More

Morality, Law and African Americans: Making the Connection

Omomah Abebe : American Studies Summer 2004

Imagined Interventions: Tunnels

Rotem Aboody : Psychology, Education (minor) Summer 2012

Why do children spend so much time engaged in pretend play, imagining fictional scenarios? Could children actually be learning new things through this process, exploring new possibilities inaccessible to them in daily life? My SURF project seeks to explore whether imagination can indeed enable children to learn about and successfully intervene on novel causal... Read More

400 Years Young- The Elizabethan Stage

Peter Alexander : History Summer 2016

400 years after William Shakespeare’s death, debates on Elizabethan staging methods remain fresh. My SURF L&S research will explore the unknown mechanics Elizabethan staging. I will specifically do so by examining Elizabethan era resources (such as actual, annotated rehearsal scripts from Elizabethan theatre companies) on Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part I. Henry IV,... Read More

Can Music Condition the Brain for Acquisition of Tonal Languages?

Jennifer Alexander : English, Linguistics Summer 2002

Contextualizing Haath Mein Sehat's Habit-Formation Intervention within a Neoliberal Environment

Miriam Alvarado : Development Studies, Economics Summer 2009

This summer, I will be in Mumbai, India, researching the effects of behavior change approaches to public health issues. As a member of Haath Mein Sehat (HMS), a water and sanitation-based student organization, I will be an active participant in the creation of an intervention intended to increase rates of handwashing... Read More

Residue or Residon't? The Value of Archeaological Micro-debris in Unraveling Dhiban's Imperial Past

Nicolas Ames : Archaeological Anthropology, Near Eastern Studies (minor) Summer 2012

My project is a reassessment of current archaeological interpretive techniques through comparing two main focuses of artifact analysis. I will be looking at site interpretive resolution of more standard “heavy-fraction” analysis (focusing on items > 4mm in size) in relation to “microdebris” analysis (focusing on items > 2mm in size) to find out which method... Read More

User Perceptions of Hand Sanitizer in Water-Constrained Communities: A Field Study in Hubli, India

Christopher Andersen : Social Welfare Summer 2011

Diarrhea and respiratory infection are the two leading causes of death among children in India. Hand hygiene is arguably among the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent these diseases. In particular, alcohol-based hand sanitizer solutions are shown to be as or more efficacious as handwashing in preventing diarrheal and respiratory disease. Yet at present,... Read More

Edison Carneiro and Afro-Brazilian Cultural Activism

Jamie Andreson : History Summer 2011

Throughout my 6 month journey through Brazil I will investigate and experience the conflicts of race relations in a different colonial and historical context. Since arriving in January, I have explored through personal travels and a 3.5 month UCEAP program in Salvador, Bahia studying the History and Culture of Afro-Brazilians. My SURF research focuses on the legacy of... Read More

Blood and Steel: Honor and Personal Violence in Early Modern Spain and Japan

Marcelo Aranda : History Summer 2006

Personal violence was an endemic problem for Early Modern societies, since both elites and the upwardly mobile acted according to codes of honor rooted in the past. Two cultures, Early Modern Spain and Japan, handled this problem in outwardly similar manners. While governments imposed strict penalties on personal violence, martial artists in both societies created... Read More

Aspects of Historical Consciousness through the fabric of Akhavan Sales's Literature

Saman Arfaie : Molecular and Cell Biology, Persian Literature ; Minor in Chemistry, Minor in Music Summer 2016

Mehdi Akhavan Sales is regarded as one of the most celebrated contemporary poets in modern Persian Literature. My research aims to shed light on Akhavan’s viewpoint on history and historical consciousness along with its trajectory of development. Namely, I am curious to understand what form historical consciousness is manifested in and whether its development can be... Read More

Artistic Protest: Oakland's Legacy of Radical Art Practice

Ariella Aronstam-Powers : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2012

The interplay of art and politics historically holds a distinct role in the City of Oakland, California. Since the 1960s, social activism has shaped and informed political art practices. Further, aesthetics and intertextuality continue to engage the issues of race, police brutality and economic marginalization as motifs and discourses for Oakland artists. Through... Read More

Beyond Nietzsche and Heidegger's Responses to Nihilism

Jonathon Atkinson : Philosophy, English Summer 2009

Friedrich Nietzsche wrote that his was a nihilistic age, one in which the question “why,” in relation to issues of morality, ethics, and meaning, “finds no answer.” Using Nietzsche as well as Martin Heidegger’s writings as points of departure, I will consider the following questions, among others: In what sense might our... Read More

Comparisons in Consciousness: Congruencies in Tibetan Buddhist and Hopi Indian Epistemology

Natalie M. Avalos : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2006

I am interested in verifying the existing research on the correlations between Tibetan Buddhist sacred knowledge and Native American sacred knowledge. I will focus specifically on Hopi Indian knowledge. I intend to explore the relationship between practices, beliefs and their metaphysical understanding of the world. Additionally I will investigate the idea of being “... Read More

Thought and Discourse about Israel Among American Jewish Young Adults

Roi Bachmutsky : Anthropology Summer 2011

I am interested in developing a deeper understanding of the current system of thought and discourse surrounding Israel among the new generation of American Jewish young adults, seen as the stakeholders for the future of American Jewry. This new generation's commitment to Judaism and Israel are bitterly debated in public articles and community events; unfortunately,... Read More

NGO Funding and Aid Dependency: A Case Study in Bangladesh

Aeshna Badruzzaman : Development Studies, Economics Summer 2006

Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) are playing an increasing role in the economic development of the global ‘south.’ Bangladesh in particular is a country in which NGOs have emerged as a huge portion of the country’s source of development aid. I will be examining two particular organizations in Bangladesh. Both organizations allocate funding to NGOs. The first acts... Read More

Managing Trash: New Urban Governance and Political Networks in Argentina

Rebecca Baran-Rees : Political Science Summer 2006

My research project addresses the important questions of how new forms of governance are emerging in response to the growing challenges of urban management in many parts of the third world. Specifically, I will investigate the newest forms of solid waste management initiatives in Argentina put forth by the World Bank, the national and provincial governments of... Read More

The Social Impact of the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 on Single Mother Students Pursuing Higher Education

Melissa Barker : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2011

Single-mother students on welfare are a small, unique demographic in institutions of higher education. My preliminary research shows, more often then not, that social service caseworkers use discretion to impede, rather than support single-mother students in pursuit of higher education. In my Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major (ISF) thesis project... Read More

The Print Culture and Gender RElations of Amateur Minstrelsy

Rhae Lynn Barnes : History Summer 2008

Blackface minstrel shows in the 19th century are well documented, but their parallel counter-part, amateur minstrelsy, is believed to be a peripheral phenomenon implemented by scattered radicals. Thousands of blackface plays were written and distributed in the 20th century with crucial contributions to both racial and gender construction that have not been... Read More

The Remediated Bakhtin: Heteroglossia and New Media

Travis Bartley : English, Linguistics Summer 2015

According to the 20th century theorist Mikhail Bakhtin, the distinguishing feature of the novel lies in its ability to incorporate multiple dialects and forms of “language” into itself and better mirror the diversity of language that naturally occurs in reality.   In his argument for this theory, Bakhtin relies on a cultural analysis of the genre’s... Read More

Merging sexual moralities: A study of sexual conflict in Norway

Tiffany Bartz : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2003

Building a Movement from the Inside: An Organizational History of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Network to Support Prisoner-Led Resistance at Pelican Bay

Rosella Bearden : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2015

In Spring of 2011, prisoners inside Pelican Bay State Prison contacted prisoner-rights and anti-prison activist organizations announcing prisoners would be beginning a rolling hunger strike and that they needed support making sure their voices and demands were heard and acted on outside prison walls. The Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity coalition (PHSS)- originating... Read More

Bolivia's Constituent Assembly: Remapping the State

Devin Burnett Beaulieu : Geography Summer 2007

After half a decade of political turmoil and the rise of social and indigenous movements in Bolivia, elections in 2006 and early 2007 have put the new party "Movement Towards Socialism" lead by Evo Morales in power with the charge of "refounding" the state and writing a new constitution. This summer I will travel to the constitutional capital Sucre, and observe... Read More

An Archaeological Analysis of Craft Production in the San Francisco Bay Area Shellmounds

Fanya Becks : Anthropology Summer 2010

My summer research involves analyzing old archaeological collections to study the meaning of a specific type of site unique to the San Francisco Bay Area and Delta regions, shellmounds, for evidence of craft production. I will be looking through lots of shell material and soil samples for evidence of stone tool and shell bead production, in the form of stone... Read More

Well-Intentioned in the Worst Way: Retracing the Life of James Plemon Coleman

Joshua Jones Begley : American Studies Summer 2007

James Plemon Coleman was the Mississippi Governor who, in 1957, assured his fellow citizens that “a baby born in Mississippi today will never live long enough to see an integrated school.” He vowed to resist the federal mandate handed down by Brown in 1954, and became the first head of the controversial State Sovereignty Commission. But due to his later... Read More

Dance Learning and Situated Social Practice

Giuliana Blasi : Sociology Summer 2010

Dance Learning and Situated Social Practice" examines how social position, culture, and community influence learning processes and outcomes in youth dance programs. In this investigation, I ask: How do interactions between identity, culture, and community mediate students' learning experiences in dance programs across different genres? This summer, I will conduct an... Read More

U.S Public Perception of Measles, 1900 - Present

Marina Blum : Public Health Summer 2015

Measles was once a nearly ubiquitous childhood plague, a rite of passage with sometimes deadly outcomes. However, the disease has all but disappeared in the vaccination era - few people cross paths with the measles, few know anyone who has been infected. The veritable erasure of the disease from public life stems from widespread use of the measles vaccine, whose... Read More

Modern Science and Tibetan Buddhism

Kathryn Boden : Physics Summer 2015

Over the past two decades Tibetan Buddhism and modern Science have been seriously engaging each other in topics of consciousness, origins, and happiness. The excitement of the possible convergence between science and spirituality in a conversation that has been historically polarized between secular and religious values has overshadowed investigative research that aims... Read More

Martyrdom Imagery in the Church of Santi Nereo e Achillo: Establishing the Lineage of Catholic Iconography through Theatrical Arrangement

Mathilde Bonvalot : History of Art Summer 2013

The reassertion of Catholicism's essential principles after the Council of Trent had a major impact on religious art production in 16th century Italy. Consciously putting together reliques from the early years of Christianity with Rinascimento painting techniques, the new visual programs created within Roman churches became the place where sacred space and ideas could... Read More

Small Artifacts on a Small Island: Late Bronze Age Cypriot Cylinder Seals and the Rising Palace Elite

Emily Booker : Near Eastern Studies, Classics Summer 2012

Ancient Cyprus has generally been shadowed by its neighbors Egypt, Greece, and Mesopotamia, yet the small island, is an ideal entrêpot. In the Late Bronze Age (1550-1050 BCE), the influence of internationalism can be seen in the appearance of cylinder seals on Cyprus. This summer I am researching the interesting mix of locally and internationally produced cylinder... Read More

The Novel at Twenty-Four Frames per Second: Adapting Proustian Time to the Cinema

Branda Brehm : English Summer 2008

I am researching the relationship between Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu and cinema in light of how each produces images. The prose of Marcel Proust is often termed “cinematic,” yet it is executed in a medium that is vastly different from film. What is it then about the image at this point in its history that allows for a comparison... Read More

Hotel Bauen: Consumer Tourism and the Cooperative

Zoe Wilen Brent : Peace and Conflict Studies Summer 2006

The growing cooperative movement in Argentina, emerging out of the economic crisis of 2001, presents an interesting opportunity to study the ways in which the cooperative is modeled and understood in the context of a capitalist economy. For two months I will look at the model put forth by the four-star Hotel Bauen. Specifically, I will examine how the cooperative is... Read More

The Internal Gym: Engaging Internal & External Variables of Motivation in Exercise Self-Efficacy

Berké Brown : Interdisciplinary Studies: Public Health | Psychology | Sociology Summer 2014

In search of methods to best galvanize people into healthy action, our modern culture has turned health and fitness into an industry that focuses primarily on external factors such as weight, shape, and sex appeal. Though these aesthetics may work at getting people into the gym, they have not been as successful at helping them stick to their exercise routines.... Read More

Comparing Worker Experiences in Conventional and Cooperative Workplaces

Jason Budge : Interdisciplinary Studies, Global Poverty and Practice (minor) Summer 2014

My research project seeks to compare worker experiences from cooperatives and conventional businesses to discover whether a cooperative workplace is a more effective way to organize labor in regards to happiness and fulfillment. My research will utilize interviews and surveys of workers in comparable cooperative and conventional workplaces in Berkeley and Oakland in... Read More

Fragile Democracies: Democratic Prospects in East Central Europe

Emela Buljko : Political Science Summer 2003

Making a Place Our Own: A History of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgendered Community Spaces

Sarah Carlson : History Summer 2009

This summer I will be exploring the origins of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community spaces in the Bay Area. I am exploring primary sources such as newsletters and organizational records as well as doing oral history interviews with people closely involved in these centers. My study will span from the early... Read More

The Neural Basis of Pro-Sociality: An fMRI Study of Compassion

Elizabeth Castle : Psychology Summer 2009

My current research takes advantage of the empathic, approach-oriented facets of compassion to investigate the broader concept of prosociality. My SURF project explores the neural basis of prosocial emotion by examining individual differences in dispositional traits in context of both central (with functional brain imaging... Read More

Post-Holocaust Comedy: The Function and Use of Humor in Peter Greenaway's The Falls and Gold

Beatrix Chung-Yiu Chan : English Summer 2007

While the application of humor to the Holocaust may seem difficult and even offensive, humor during the Holocaust was employed as a means of critique and rebellion, aiding in developing solidarity amongst prisoners and as a mechanism for coping with trauma. Though such rationales exist for the use of comedy during the Holocaust, there is no such theorization for... Read More

Pelleas et Melisande’s Last Act: A piece for solo cello and chamber ensemble

Daniel Chan : Music, Cognitive Science Summer 2004

The Tangwai Opposition Movement of 1977-1979 in Taiwan’s Democratization

Andy Chang : Political Science, Economics Summer 2004

Contentious Holocaust Imagery in Contemporary Art

Elizabeth Chapman : Interdisciplinary Studies Field: Spanish Summer 2004

More Than Meets The Eye: A Textual Examination of Old English Color Resonances

Amy Clark : English Summer 2014

A native English speaker will not, generally, be surprised to hear that the color pink is associated with love, or green with envy; we are naturally attuned to the color symbolism embedded within our own language. One challenge of working with the literary tradition of a reconstructed language like Old English, however, is that many such tacit symbolic resonances have... Read More

Thinking in Mirrors: The Divine Mirror in the Epic Poetry of Dante Alighieri

Megan Clement : English Summer 2011

The mirror literally and symbolically reflects opposites. In medieval times, it seems that the mirror symbolized a gateway to the divine; now the mirror is more often associated with the monstrous. Spending the summer studying Dante's Divine Comedy, I will begin my research into how the evolution of the meaning of the mirror perhaps parallels the move from a societal... Read More

Thinking in Mirrors: The Divine Mirror in the Epic Poetry of Dante Alighieri

Megan Clement : English Summer 2011

The mirror literally and symbolically reflects opposites. In medieval times, it seems that the mirror symbolized a gateway to the divine; now the mirror is more often associated with the monstrous. Spending the summer studying Dante's Divine Comedy, I will begin my research into how the evolution of the meaning of the mirror perhaps parallels the move from a... Read More

Culture, Agency, and Free Will

Christopher Cochran : Psychology Summer 2006

A great deal of research has recently emerged regarding the concepts of agency, intentionality, and Free Will. In The Illusion of Conscious Will (2002), Dan Wegner asserts that people believe they cause their own actions in a way that is concurrent with the theory of Free Will (Wegner, 2002). I believe that a lay theory of agency varies by culture. I describe American’... Read More

Unraveling Bande Dessiné: an Exploration into French Alternative Autobiographical Graphic Novels

Anjelica Colliard : French, Art Practice Summer 2012

France is home to a sophisticated comic book culture that considers the genre as valuable literature. Its integration into French society is indicative of its influence in contemporary popular culture. My research project explores the role that the printed image plays in narrating French autobiographical comic books, and how the overall visual aspect of graphic... Read More

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