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Christianity, Economics And The Poor, Hannah Vanfossen May 2019

Christianity, Economics And The Poor, Hannah Vanfossen

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

Christianity and economics are rarely seen as interconnected. When was the last time you heard a preacher talk about economic systems from the pulpit? Politics are seen as taboo to discuss in church, but I would argue that the topic of economics is even less approached, leading many Christians to believe that there is no relationship between their faith and the economy they participate in. The fact that Christians are not even considering how the economy is impacting the kingdom work they are striving to expand shows a deep disconnect between ‘church’ and ‘daily life.’ In addition, there seems to ...


Privacy In The 21st Century: Dna And The Fourth Amendment, Julia Clements May 2019

Privacy In The 21st Century: Dna And The Fourth Amendment, Julia Clements

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

Imagine you are sitting at your home watching a television program with your family one average weekend night. Suddenly, you hear a sharp knock and the doorbell rings. When you open the door, you discover several uniformed police officers waiting to take you away. The officers explain that you are a suspect of a serious crime based on DNA you never gave voluntarily. They found you through your third cousin’s profile on an online genetic database. Using his genetic information, they were able to match the familial line to a sample from the crime scene and use known information ...


The Issue Of Funds: A Discussion On The Structure And Importance Of School Financing In Pennsylvania, Sarah Long May 2019

The Issue Of Funds: A Discussion On The Structure And Importance Of School Financing In Pennsylvania, Sarah Long

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

Through no fault of her own, Joanne was born in Town A. Through no doing of his own, Charles was born in Town B. In Town A, Joanne and 89.7% of her fellow classmates receive free or reduced meals. Being eligible for free lunches means that a family’s income must be less than 130% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) ($24,817 for a family of three in 2012). To be eligible for reduced lunch, a child’s family would have to have an income between 130% and 185% ($35,317 for a family of three in 2012 ...


Apathy And Foreign Policy: What We Can Learn From The Vietnam War, Pascal Spronk Dec 2018

Apathy And Foreign Policy: What We Can Learn From The Vietnam War, Pascal Spronk

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

Americans as Indifferent to Foreign Affairs

“To speak with precision of public opinion is a task not unlike coming to grips with the Holy Ghost,” said V. O. Key, Junior. Nebulous and variable, public opinion invites description by cliché. Social scientists can’t help but dwell on it, discussing its characteristics and effects. To politicians, especially, public opinion is of particular interest, given the high profile of its relationship to government. Although the nature and sense of this relationship have been questioned, it has always remained a subject of discussion, particularly with the spread of democracy.


A Universal Child Income: Implications For Policy, Poverty, And Child Development, Ben Cochran Jan 2018

A Universal Child Income: Implications For Policy, Poverty, And Child Development, Ben Cochran

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

The American ethos is fiercely devoted to the idea that a person’s fate is not determined by their roots. Success is the product of hard work, resiliency, and strong character, the narrative goes. In the latter half of the nineteenth century, Horatio Alger wrote novels about poor teenage boys achieving the luxury and stability of middle-class life through courage and honesty. His books reflected and helped enshrine a deep belief in opportunity and self-improvement. Necessarily, the other half of this national ethos is more vindictive. Just as success is attributed to hard work and strong virtue, poverty is understood ...


Transatlantic Lessons In Refugee Policy: Comparing Refugee Law, Policy And Programs Of The United States And Germany, Ida Ehrhardt May 2017

Transatlantic Lessons In Refugee Policy: Comparing Refugee Law, Policy And Programs Of The United States And Germany, Ida Ehrhardt

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

Currently there are 65.3 million people around the world who have been displaced due to persecution, conflict, human rights violation and war. Of that number, 21.3 million were classified as refugees under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees mandate (UNHCR) and registered as a refugee by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

The purpose of this paper is to question, compare and evaluate the current programs and policies in the US and Germany that guide the admission and resettlement of refugees. Since the end of World War II ...


Rule Of Law, Human Rights, And Racial Plurality In Contemporary Malaysian Society, Bryan Ji Yang Leong Jan 2016

Rule Of Law, Human Rights, And Racial Plurality In Contemporary Malaysian Society, Bryan Ji Yang Leong

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

What are the prospects for a robust Malaysian democracy?On 3 December 2015,the Malaysian Parliament approved a security law allowing for the strengthening of its National Security Council. The passing of this bill will allow Malaysia’s premier to declare a state of emergency without royal consent. The Prime Minister can order lockdowns, curfews, and unwarranted searches and seizures of selected areas for up to six months—a duration renewable at his discretion. Prime Minister Najib Razak provided the rationale that such legislation is necessary to prevent terrorist attacks, but opposition leaders and civil rights NGOs disagree—the Malaysian ...


Redefining The Security-Development Nexus: Peace And Sustainable Development In Eastern Congo, Sarah Gross Jan 2014

Redefining The Security-Development Nexus: Peace And Sustainable Development In Eastern Congo, Sarah Gross

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

In recent years, policymakers and scholars have increasingly debated the relationship between security and development. National and global policymaking currently reflect consensus that the relationship between security and development exists and is significant, but various questions remain as to how the “security-development nexus” is understood and employed. Also unexplored is the extent to which United States policymakers can, or should, address this security-development nexus and incorporate it into foreign policy. I will argue that U.S. foreign policy should embrace the relationship between security and development. Using an interdisciplinary approach that draws from the fields of history, political economy, international ...


A Cautionary Tale Of Two Extremes Religion And Politics In The U.S. And The U.K., Alejandro Garcia Davalos May 2013

A Cautionary Tale Of Two Extremes Religion And Politics In The U.S. And The U.K., Alejandro Garcia Davalos

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

Religion and politics are two of the most controversial subjects human beings encounter. Each and every person has an opinion on these topics and that is what makes them so volatile. As opposed to other matters that are more easily quantifiable and prone to academic discussion, conversations about religion and politics are informed as much by personal experience and beliefs as they are by more empirical data. Furthermore, these topics are seemingly impossible to avoid. Whether it is in a college classroom, at a comedy club, at a presidential debate or over dinner the discussions about religion and politics seem ...


Supermadres Y La Mujer Política: An Analysis Of Female Political Mobilization In Latin America With Lessons From Chile And Argentina, Victoria Leah Falkner May 2012

Supermadres Y La Mujer Política: An Analysis Of Female Political Mobilization In Latin America With Lessons From Chile And Argentina, Victoria Leah Falkner

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

As Thomas Friedman has argued, the world has become flat. Through globalization the comparison between cultures, societies, countries is now an every day occurrence. The field of politics has changed substantially. One hundred and fifty years ago politics was based on the the theoretical ideal: how people groups should and could act. However, today our politics are more prominently noted by how people groups do act in relation to one another. In essence, politics has become more comparative in nature. That being said, a type of measuring stick, therefore has been created for any given issue. If we were to ...


Beyond The Nation-State? Examining Trends In Public Support For Governments In The European Union, Sharon E. Hoeck Jan 2012

Beyond The Nation-State? Examining Trends In Public Support For Governments In The European Union, Sharon E. Hoeck

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

A recent op-ed in Germany’s Die Welt national newspaper claims that “[w]ith the exception of soccer and the Eurovision Song Contest, there’s nothing around which Europeans rally as a whole…” (Gersemann, 2011, para. 4). The European Union (EU) has no official language in the way that most nation-states do. Information distribution is therefore limited across national and regional borders. The Die Welt op-ed questions the EU’s trustworthiness, as information emerges that Greece did not meet the financial requirements to join the euro. Along with other economic barriers to integration, the op-ed notes the “missing European mind ...


In Re Neagle: A Case Study In Executive Prerogative, Shanna P. Lodge May 2011

In Re Neagle: A Case Study In Executive Prerogative, Shanna P. Lodge

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

There is a constitutional debate, nearly as old as the nation itself, over the question of what the President has the authority to do. Is he authorized to act where the law is silent? Can he act in the absence of Congressional statute or express constitutional authorization? Over the past two centuries, justices, Presidents, and constitutional scholars have articulated arguments on both sides of this issue. One important Supreme Court statement on the issue, however, often goes unnoticed. The decision of the Court in In re Neagle deserves more credit and more space on the pages of the history books ...


Defining The Developing World: Narrative Criticism Exploring Global Nonprofit Portrayals Of Third World Poverty, Elisabeth A. Warren Jan 2011

Defining The Developing World: Narrative Criticism Exploring Global Nonprofit Portrayals Of Third World Poverty, Elisabeth A. Warren

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

“Poverty is like heat: You cannot see it, you can only feel it; so to know poverty, you have to go through it” (Narayan, 2000, p. xvii). This quote from a poor Ghanaian man epitomizes the view of standpoint theory, the belief that dominant society should stop speaking and start listening to underprivileged voices, to recognize that these people hold knowledge and views of which the dominant world simply cannot conceive. Global nonprofit organizations World Vision and Compassion International tell stories to illustrate and share their work, but in these stories, they fail to let the poor speak for themselves ...


Why Violence Is Not The Answer: A Comparison Of Opposition Groups From The Us Civil Rights And Anti-Apartheid Movements, Rebekah Crossman Dec 2010

Why Violence Is Not The Answer: A Comparison Of Opposition Groups From The Us Civil Rights And Anti-Apartheid Movements, Rebekah Crossman

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

Political discontent is present within all societies. Although the circumstances surrounding the formation of a specific movement and its principles may differ, the goals of various political movements are the same. In order to bring about a favorable response in policy from the government, these resistance organizations may choose tactics of violence or non-violence as a means to lobby the government in control. Ability to manipulate the media, gain a strong base of membership within society and produce change from the government serves as a composite measure of effectiveness for each individual resistance group. Using qualitative evidence from organizations from ...


Mennonites In Pennsylvania Prison Ministry And Reform, Kristin Lombardi Jan 2010

Mennonites In Pennsylvania Prison Ministry And Reform, Kristin Lombardi

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

The purpose of this research was to explore Mennonite involvement in prison ministry and reform in Pennsylvania. Historically, Mennonites have emphasized church-state separation, creating their own organizations for social change rather than becoming involved in existing government institutions. This is true with hospitals, schools, and ministries around the globe. But very little research exists on Mennonite involvement in the United States prison system. Based on the other aforementioned areas, it seems logical to assume Mennonites are not active in politically reforming correctional facilities; but they would minister to prisoners and their families, seeking whole and healthy communities. Is that assumption ...


Trends In The Legal Persecution Of Christians And The Erosion Of American Religious Liberties, Christie Mcginley Jan 2010

Trends In The Legal Persecution Of Christians And The Erosion Of American Religious Liberties, Christie Mcginley

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

Many Americans have been alarmed to hear about instances of the denial of certain religious freedoms to Christians, whether it is the disallowance of public prayer or the legal relegation of certain aspects of the Christian message to the category of “hate speech”. Christians stand accused of being bigoted, dangerous, unintelligent, and uninformed. Recent attacks through court actions and policies seeking to restrict or even punish Christians for exercising their traditionally protected liberties appear to be increasing in frequency and severity, often requiring Christians to take defensive legal measures of their own. The news is filled with stories of the ...


War And Corruption: A Political History Of Uganda, Mathew Miller May 2007

War And Corruption: A Political History Of Uganda, Mathew Miller

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

Uganda is a land of vast natural beauty. It has gorgeous mountain ranges, lush forests, stunning plains, and the source of the greatNileRiver. The land is so fertile that legends say that if a traveler ends the day by propping his walking stick in the soil, he will wake up to find that it has sprouted leaves. Uganda was once considered to be the Pearl of Africa. However, it is now better known for something as great in magnitude as its natural beauty: the destruction of the country by its own political leaders.


Immigrant Civic Participation, Megan N. Wolf Apr 2007

Immigrant Civic Participation, Megan N. Wolf

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

Tara, an immigrant from Albania, first came to the United States in 1981. Over the last two decades, she has worked to build her English language skills, her education and her career. Throughout this process,Tara has also become an active participant in the social life of her new community. Upon her immigration,

“[She] became involved in the Albanian community by helping with immigration papers, writing in Albanian newspapers, representing the Albanian community, participating in advocacy efforts that included a visit to the White House, and serving as vice president of a public interest group of Albanian women (Berger 81 ...


Domestic And International Consequences Of Us Farm Subsidies, Jeff Reczek Jan 2007

Domestic And International Consequences Of Us Farm Subsidies, Jeff Reczek

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

Take a moment to consider the life of a United States farmer 150 years ago. Though it involved considerably more manual labor, the world seemed simple then. Farming was a family business where the children grew up to sustain the farm like their parents before them. With a little grit and hard work, jobs were secure, food was certain and as long as the weather remained tolerable, business was thriving. Fast forward to the globalized world of today. Few family farms are prosperous and it seems that the only sure way to make money is to invest in a gigantic ...


The Skills Agenda: Great Britain Vs. The United States, Jennifer Brownett Nov 2006

The Skills Agenda: Great Britain Vs. The United States, Jennifer Brownett

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

Skills are the basis for any job, and the right combination of skills are needed for any organization or industry to function. But, how a government is able to form a workforce with, not only basic working skills, but also the right combination of skills to sustain the nation’s industries is always a challenge, the Skills Challenge. In spring 2006, I participated in an internship program in London. During my internship at a small company called Networking for Industry (NFI), I worked closely with the Skills Group, which tries to inform both Great Britain’s government and businesses about ...