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Conducting Cartoon Consonans: Using Phonetics To Improve Lip-Sync Animation, Conner Kirsch 2020 Georgia Southern University

Conducting Cartoon Consonans: Using Phonetics To Improve Lip-Sync Animation, Conner Kirsch

Curio Research Symposium

This project was an attempt to improve upon the standard practices of animating characters’ mouth movements in animation with the ultimate goal of creating a blueprint for a proposed improvement of automatic lip-sync software. In “limited” animation, a form of animation that uses various methods to reduce the number of frames necessary to animate such as in broadcast cartoons, it is common for character designers to create a “mouth chart” of mouth shapes for prescribed phonemes to match the words of a voice actor to an animated character’s mouth movements. In recent years, animation software, such as the industry-standard ...


The Psychological Religion Of Jonestown, Jasmine Starks 2020 Georgia Southern University

The Psychological Religion Of Jonestown, Jasmine Starks

Curio Research Symposium

Religion can have an immense effect on its followers. This result can positively or negatively affect others. This project centers on how religion and psychological concepts can lead a group of people into their untimely demise. Jonestown was created and destroyed in the year of 1978. The leader, Jim Jones, gave the order that gave over 900 follower’s permission to kill not only themselves, but their children as well. J.Z Smith’s article “From Babylon to Jonestown” was used to explain how the events that occurred at Jonestown have been seen before by describing the Bacchae, which revolves ...


I'M Friends With The Ants, Zachery N. Rahn 2020 Georgia Southern University

I'M Friends With The Ants, Zachery N. Rahn

Curio Research Symposium

I’m Friends with the Ants is the name of my chapbook, a collection of poems created in my poetry writing courses at Georgia Southern University. They aim at spending time with the speaker, illustrating with words and rhythm the beauty and struggles of life. It is sectioned off into three parts to signify the growth that the speaker has endured. The first section, named the First Harping, creates a sense of surrealism that hones the reader into the story of the book. It also introduces all the various obsessions that the speaker has with bugs, teeth, and boyfriends. The ...


Misery As Comedy: The Failure To Bridge Class Differences In Shakespeare’S Comedies, Aubrey Brumblow 2020 Georgia Southern University

Misery As Comedy: The Failure To Bridge Class Differences In Shakespeare’S Comedies, Aubrey Brumblow

Curio Research Symposium

Throughout many of William Shakespeare’s comedies, characters commit social transgressions. This presentation will explore how Shakespeare uses a specific model that may be less comical to the modern audience: often there is a disenfranchised figure who attempts to transgress a social boundary—be it a boundary based on gender, religion, or socioeconomic status—and is subsequently ridiculed as they fail. Katherina from The Taming of the Shrew, considered a “scold” for talking defiantly to the men in her life, must be tamed by the demanding Petruchio and made submissive; Shylock, the Jewish merchant who opposes the anti-Semitic main characters ...


“Superheroes: How The American Dream During The Civil Rights Movement Is Portrayed In Comics”, Summer Sexton 2020 Georgia Southern University

“Superheroes: How The American Dream During The Civil Rights Movement Is Portrayed In Comics”, Summer Sexton

Curio Research Symposium

In this paper I will discuss how the American Dream is represented in comic books and how comic books are used to educate the younger generation on the American Dream. This paper was inspired by my love for the Captain America comic books and my senior seminar class topic was the American Dream. During the class we read the comic book March by John Lewis, which inspired me to research why Lewis chose to write in the comic book style. While doing my research I found that Lewis was an avid comic book reader as a child, he was inspired ...


The Tragedy Of Jessica: An Examination Of Jessica And Lorenzo’S Interlude In "The Merchant Of Venice", Alexus Litchfield 2020 Georgia Southern University

The Tragedy Of Jessica: An Examination Of Jessica And Lorenzo’S Interlude In "The Merchant Of Venice", Alexus Litchfield

Curio Research Symposium

I would like to present the paper I wrote for Dr. Villeponteaux’s Shakespeare class this past semester. The paper focuses on Jessica from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and analyses her conversation with Lorenzo, her husband, at the beginning of Act V Scene 1. I break down the allusions used throughout their conversation and argue that while their conversation may seem like playful banter between lovers, it is actually full of tension and shows just how isolated Jessica is. Throughout their conversation they allude to famous betrayed or doomed lovers, such as Troilus and Cressida, Thisby and Pyramus ...


Record Labels Vs. Artists: The Ethics Behind The Business, James Milo Hickok III 2020 Georgia Southern University

Record Labels Vs. Artists: The Ethics Behind The Business, James Milo Hickok Iii

Curio Research Symposium

Record labels are mistreating artist’s everyday when they offer these young artists recording contracts. Both offer needs to the other and are viewed as a symbiotic relationship. This research paper included five interviews on people who had different types of professions and had an expertise in the field. The different professions are a financial teacher, a multi media professor, a student who works for the radio station, a music artist, and a teacher who teaches a song writing class. These subjects were chosen because each of them has an interest in the music industry. The goal of the study ...


The Movement Of Dance, Jarai Finney 2020 Georgia Southern University

The Movement Of Dance, Jarai Finney

Curio Research Symposium

These series of paintings displays a way skeletons can be shown and not just associated with death but in a fun and whimsical way shown through dance. I am making are about full body portraits of skeletons that are in costumes while in dancing poses. This is similar to the pictures in dance institution of the dancer. The influence comes from my own childhood with dancing is shared by using the colors of the costumes as very bright colors. The usage of the skeletons is the purest form of the body which can represent anyone and can feel more related ...


Nostalgia's Presence In Today's Art Field, Emma Lewis 2020 Georgia Southern University

Nostalgia's Presence In Today's Art Field, Emma Lewis

Curio Research Symposium

Nostalgia is frequently looked at with disdain in the modern art world. Often thought of as an intellectual and visual crutch. However, using past cultural trends one can reference a common ground on which the masses will relate to or recognize. Bringing these familiar views in a different setting adds a new layer to the meaning of one’s artwork when done properly. Nostalgia is based on one’s identity, and trying to grasp the constantly changing self and world. Art is a way to stabilize one’s self and archive one’s own changes, as well as the world ...


Human Resource Manager’S Role In Cultivating Sustainable Workplace Motivation, Payton Cumbie 2020 Georgia Southern University

Human Resource Manager’S Role In Cultivating Sustainable Workplace Motivation, Payton Cumbie

Curio Research Symposium

My presentation is based on insight gained during my summer human resource management internship at a national landscape company. To protect the privacy of the organization and its members, I replaced the original companies name to Nature Landscaping. The focus of my case study is on a human resource manager’s role in cultivating sustainable workplace motivation by providing department managers four necessary practices and policies; handle issues within the workplace, establish a team, build trust, and oversee their workers environment. By understanding the significance of recognizing the need for humans to be motivated within their work environment, we can ...


Viking Rus’ In Eastern Europe: Geopolitics, Trade Networks And State Building, Lee Ann Hitt 2020 Georgia Southern University

Viking Rus’ In Eastern Europe: Geopolitics, Trade Networks And State Building, Lee Ann Hitt

Curio Research Symposium

Many school-aged children in America are taught about the Vikings in social studies, but only in a shallow manner. During the early medieval period, Vikings achieved a place of infamy in history. To many, the name Vikings evokes images of pirate-warriors with round shields and horned helmets, travelling in longships crowded with oarsmen. Often Vikings are simplified as ruthless Scandinavian explorers who became infamous for the “raping and pillaging” of Europe. But there is much more to the Vikings. The Viking Rus’ were not simply pirates. During the 8th - 11th centuries they developed a society that was based on more ...


The Weaving Of Tapestries: Shakespeare's Use Of Ovid In The Taming Of The Shrew, Sarah Elizabeth Knowles 2020 Georgia Southern University

The Weaving Of Tapestries: Shakespeare's Use Of Ovid In The Taming Of The Shrew, Sarah Elizabeth Knowles

Curio Research Symposium

Shakespeare weaves Ovidian mythological references throughout The Taming of the Shrew to create parallels between Katherine and Philomela from book six of the Metamorphoses. Shakespeare uses Ovid's Metamorphoses to highlihgt examples of a suffering woman, and to show that she is not only present in a tragety, such as Titus Andronicus, but also in a comedy. Through a close analysis of the text, it becomes apparent that Katherine experiences the same situations that Philomela endures. However, Philomela is able to escape her tragety through a trandformation, but Katherine has to endure her own tragic narrative while the characters around ...


The King’S Apology: A Generic And Metaphoric Criticism Of Psalm 51, Jessica Lavender 2020 Georgia Southern University

The King’S Apology: A Generic And Metaphoric Criticism Of Psalm 51, Jessica Lavender

Curio Research Symposium

This paper uses generic and metaphoric criticism to examine the effectiveness of King David’s apologia in Psalm 51. The king committed adultery and murder and prayerfully sought forgiveness from the Lord in this Psalm. This Psalm fits into two of the four factors of an apologia, defined by Ware and Linkugel (1973). King David enhances his apologia by using metaphors of up and down, and clean and dirty. King David’s apologia differs greatly from modern apologia as seen today, adding the factor of remorse that is neglected in famous apologia. King David is acknowledged as a role model ...


Emma González Calls B.S.: A Generic Criticism, Ashleigh Johnson 2020 Georgia Southern University

Emma González Calls B.S.: A Generic Criticism, Ashleigh Johnson

Curio Research Symposium

By utilizing the three elements of a generic criticism (situational, stylistic, and substantive), this pentadic analysis discovers if Emma González's speech presented at the Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida after the mass tragedy occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School, successfully fulfilled the requirements of an American Jeremiad.


Shackles And Servitude: Jails And The Enslaved In Antebellum Savannah, Haley E. Osborne 2020 Georgia Southern University

Shackles And Servitude: Jails And The Enslaved In Antebellum Savannah, Haley E. Osborne

Curio Research Symposium

Between the May and October of 1826, runaway slave ads were placed in the Savannah Republican asking for 22-year-old Isaac to be found and taken to the Savannah Jail. Isaac’s owner, like many other slaveholders at this time, relied on the Savannah jail to help him maintain control of his slave labor. Savannah, Georgia’s jail was used not only to imprison criminals but also as a holding facility for Black people who broke the city's curfew and for runaway slaves. Slaveowners were also able to send their enslaved workers to jail for an extended stay or a ...


Shadow Of A Dream, Carrie Collins 2020 Georgia Southern University

Shadow Of A Dream, Carrie Collins

Curio Research Symposium

“Shadow of a Dream” is a story about a young woman with an infant daughter whose happy life is being threatened by an abusive relationship that does not want to stay in the past. Rhiannon has to look to others for help, but she has to acknowledge and overcome her own emotional wounds before she can let other people in to help her, allowing her to mend some scars that never had a chance to heal. The theme of this story involves a person’s endeavor to outrun a past of abuse and deception and, when that doesn’t work ...


Jewish Activists In The Albany Movement: A Gendered Experience, Savannah Savage-Johnson 2020 Georgia Southern University

Jewish Activists In The Albany Movement: A Gendered Experience, Savannah Savage-Johnson

Curio Research Symposium

Following the horrors of the Holocaust, many members of the American Jewish community became troubled by the ongoing discrimination against African Americans in the United States. In 1964, members of the American Jewish Committee and the American Jewish Congress joined Black civil rights organizations to form a volunteer corps of lawyers, who would travel to the South to protect the rights of citizens participating in anti-Jim Crow demonstrations. Many of these volunteers found themselves in Albany, Georgia, where African Americans were fighting for desegregation and the right to vote in the early 1960s. This project explores the relationships between African ...


Georgia Southern University Roll Of Honor, Elizabeth Renault 2020 Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern University Roll Of Honor, Elizabeth Renault

Curio Research Symposium

This poster presentation remembers Leroy Cowart, Jr, a student at Georgia Southern University who died as a POW in the Philippines during World War II. This mini-biography discovers who Cowart was. When was Cowart a student at Georgia Southern and what did he do here? What was his military service, and what happened to him in the Philippines? As a Georgia Southern student who died for his country during World War II, what is Cowart’s legacy? Research for this poster includes materials from the Georgia Southern digital commons as well as in Henderson Library Special Collections, including the George ...


Georgia Southern University Roll Of Honor Project, Caitlynn Hudson 2020 Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern University Roll Of Honor Project, Caitlynn Hudson

Curio Research Symposium

This poster presentation highlights the brief life of Georgia Southern University student Charles H. Browne, who was killed in World War II in 1942. The poster will identify when Browne attended Georgia Southern, explore his service history in the military, and tell the story of who he was. Sources include county and state archives, online sources such as the National Archives, as well as materials from Special Collections in the Henderson Library. These include archived copies of the George-Anne, the Reflector yearbook, and other records. Information regarding significant dates, military service, and obituaries will be found in newspapers and military ...


Making History Accessible: The Sanitation Workers’ Strike Of 1968, Sadie Ingram 2020 Georgia Southern University

Making History Accessible: The Sanitation Workers’ Strike Of 1968, Sadie Ingram

Curio Research Symposium

When Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, the city had already been embroiled for two months in a heated struggle. King’s assassination triggered a national reckoning and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, yet in Memphis, sanitation workers were on strike protesting their poor and dangerous working conditions. The Sanitation Workers’ Strike disrupted everyday life in Memphis and showed how protests were going on across the nation besides the civil disobedience organized by Civil Rights leaders. Digital history, especially the platform Historypin, allows historians to reach a broader audience than ...


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