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Student Fellows

We are pleased to announce our 2021-2022 cohort of CAH Student Fellows.

Frances Bertotti-Metoyer ’22 (Music, History, and Ethnic Studies) and Sophia Flores ’22 (Music, Physics, and Ethnic Studies) for “Songs of Conservation” (advised by Bruno Ruviaro, Music)

Frances Bertotti-Meyer and Sophia Flores are working together to compose six vocal and piano arrangements inspired by sounds of nature in the Bay Area. Their compositions aim to raise awareness of how colonization has affected the natural resources of the Bay Area, and how redistributing land back to Indigenous communities might help counteract the impact of climate change. Using on-location sound research at a variety of Bay area open spaces, their project asks: what practices have been lost through colonization that would benefit our community today? how do Indigenous communities continue to be silenced by the government in issues related to climate change? and how can non-Native folks learn to be better stewards to our environment outside of the constructs of white supremacy?

 

Teresa Contino ’24 (English and Psychology), DH student fellow, for “Composing Collaborative Feminist Recovery Projects with Scalar” (advised by Amy Lueck, English)

Teresa Contino is the inaugural Digital Humanities undergraduate student fellow in the CAH. She is researching and writing a digital article inspired by an English course that recovered works of women’s writing from SCU Library’s archives and presented them in an anthology using Scalar, a digital storytelling tool. Teresa’s article examines how our own interpretive analyses and reflections can widen understanding of women’s writing--both within the historical context of the writers and our own context as readers and students. Her project contributes to conversations buzzing in the Digital Humanities field, including circulation, reception, preservation, and intersectionality. Her project  reflects a commitment to public audiences in the context of the pandemic and raises questions about the flexibility of Scalar’s non-linear, networked connections.

 

Natalie Henriquez ’22 (History and Philosophy) for “Frankenstein and Artificial Intelligence Technology Today” (advised by Naomi Andrews, History)

Natalie Henriquez is exploring the ethical ramifications of emerging Artificial Intelligence Technology through a close analysis of Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein. The intellectual history surrounding Frankenstein is ripe with metaphors and archetypes surrounding the ethics of science and technology, as well as questions about the nature of life itself. Her project will explore parallels between Dr. Frankenstein and AI programmers, and similarly, between Dr. Frankenstein’s unnamed monster and AI programs to analyze the relationship between humanity and scientific and/or technological innovation, and what is ethically salient about human innovation as manifest in AI.

Emma Kuli ’22 (English) for “Cultivating Creative Storytelling” (advised by Kirk Glaser, English/Creative Writing)

Emma Kuli is working on an educational and writing project, “Cultivating Creative Storytelling.” Her goal is to develop a creative writing curriculum for underserved elementary school students that uplifts diverse narrative imaginaries and is actively anti-racist in its structure, which would then be implemented in the spring quarter. Her plan is for SCU undergraduates to work one-on-one with 15-20 elementary school students over a period of 6 sessions to foster their voices and passion for storytelling, and ultimately, to help them produce their own digital books. These young authors would then be celebrated by publishing their books online in both a Book Creator library, accessible to them and their families, and as a section on the Santa Clara Review website.

Sophie Wink ’22 (History) for “Women and Eugenics at the Maine School for the Feeble Minded” (advised by Amy Randall, History)

Sophie Wink is researching the topic of women and eugenics at the Maine School For the Feeble Minded. Her project will provide an in-depth investigation of the eugenics practices carried out at the school, specifically the sterilization and segregation of the "feeble minded," the vast majority of whom were women, to discourage them from reproducing. Using state archival materials and newspapers, Sophie will write a senior honors history thesis that will illuminate this largely ignored chapter of Maine’s history as well as the importance of gender and eugenics in the national history of the United States.

 

Past Student Fellows

2018 Frank Sinatra Student Fellow

Julia Joyce '19, Political Science and English

Working with Danielle Morgan, Julia’s duties include aiding with final research tasks related to her book, Just Kidding: African American Satire, Selfhood, and the 21st Century and assisting with tasks related to research that W. Kamau Bell may undertake during his residency at Santa Clara. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in English and has a particular interest in African American Comedy. In addition to her love of English, Julia pursues her love of theater on the Mock Trial Team.