The Ruhlman conference celebrates intellectual life by sponsoring a communal, public event where Wellesley students have an opportunity to present their work to an unusually wide audience. Students present papers, panels, posters, exhibitions, musical and theatrical performances, interactive teaching presentations, and readings of original work.
The Jesuit Movement in Japan
Arianna Regalado '18 explores the Jesuit movements in Asia during the 16th century, the challenges they faced, and the transmission of Christianity to Japan that followed into the 20th century.
Decolonizing the African City: Dodoma and Abuja
Pelumi Botti '16 evaluates the methods and policies adopted by postcolonial governments to rid the capitals of Tanzania and Nigeria of harmful colonial legacies and thus decolonize the African urban space.
Ethnic Studies in High Schools
Rita Marquez '16, Alejandra Cuin Miranda '16, and Andrea Aguilar '16 chose to produce a podcast about ethnic studies classes in high school for their course on the Politics of Inequality.
India's school-based iron supplementation program
Hannah Ruebeck '16 examines the implementation and effects of India's school-based iron supplementation program. Iron-deficiency anemia is the most widespread nutritional deficiency in India. More than half of school aged children there are anemic. In 2013, India's federal government instituted the Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation Program. Hannah uses school-level program uptake data to study the variation in implementation of the IFASP.
The Economics of Sex Trafficking
Gloria Samen '18 looks at how and why human trafficking exists and persists and ways that people and groups can use our economic agency to create meaningful change.
The Catalan Independence Movement
Emily Schultz '15 looks at Catalonia, the wealthiest of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities. It has its own language, a long history, and its own parliament and government. Does this mean it should become an independent nation? Within the past few years the Catalan independence movement has intrigued many, and has become the focus of her senior honors thesis. Emily discusses her research on the many political, historical, cultural, and social roots of Catalan nationalism. She also outlines how has this nationalist sentiment has changed over time in response to Spain’s complicated history of economic crises and political dictatorships.