The ISP, or Independent Study Project, is written by students from the undergraduate programs of SIT Study Abroad and relates to a program theme. Using primary sources students choose topics with a manageable focus that can be carried out in a variety of settings, such as schools, nongovernmental organizations or field research stations. During the independent study period students work closely with a project advisor and other key contacts in the field. The ISP is typically a 20- to 40-page paper presented to student colleagues, the academic director and, often, the advisor and other interested host-country individuals.

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Submissions from 2014

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Educational Music: the role of music education, combined with the ideology of the popular education movement, in the development of the agency of children from Villa 21/24, Laurel Bingman, Rice University

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Is the Smartphone Smart in Kathmandu?, Seth Bird, Trinity College

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La Isla del Sol, Courtney K. Blackmer-Raynolds, Colorado College

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Women's Health and Abortion Culture in China: Policy, Perception and Practice , Naomi Bouchard, Johns Hopkins University

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Identity Crisis: Making Sense of Post-Apartheid Relationships Between Whiteness and Antiracism, Justin Bradshaw, Brandeis University

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Exploring the Preservation of Pastoralism and the Natural World in Western Mongolia , Josephine Brownell, Colorado College

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Violence Against Women and Machismo A research study of how Machismo justifies cases of violence against women and the psychological process that influence women to remain in abusive relationships in the city of Fortaleza, Rosa Cabrera, University of Colorado

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The Invading Fly: Innovative Pest Management Solutions for Control of Bactrocera Invadens in Pemba, Zanzibar, McCall Calvert and Lindsay Gucker, University of Colorado At Boulder / Beloit College

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Imagined Communities: Changing Markets and the Implications for 21st Century Mali China Migration, Mamasa Camara, Spelman College

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Breaking Barriers: The Influence of Socioeconomic Status on Obesity among Women in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, Christina Camoriano, Santa Clara University

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Implementando la Educación Sexual Integral en el Conurbano: Interpretaciones, Practicas, y Dificultades de los Docentes de la ESI en la Escuela Secundaria / Implementing Integral Sexual Education in Grand Buenos Aires: Interpretations, Practices, and Difficulties of High School Sexual Education Teachers, Alexcia Chambers, College of William

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Examining predation as a possible means of controlling Crown-of- Thorns Starfish (Acanthaster planci) outbreaks on reefs around Lizard Island, Australia, Amanda Chan, Swarthmore College

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Politics of Health: the 2013 Integration Policy’s Effect on Immigrant Access to Care, Amy Chang, Yale University

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The Conceptualization of “Environmentalism” in Sagara, Emma Chapman, George Washington University

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Ecosystem Services in the Wet Tropics: A Literature Review and Economic Valuation, Alyson Cheney, Connecticut College

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Investment Opportunities in Solar-Powered Lighting for Small Rural Shops in Zanzibar, Alexander Cheston, Bowdoin College

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Livelihood Strategies of People in the Himalayan Region of Nepal: A Study in the Villages of Eastern Manang, Prashanta Chhetri, Lehigh University

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La cesárea y el parto natural: las opiniones de profesionales de la salud en la provincia de Buenos Aires / Cesarean section and natural birth: the opinions of health provinces in the province of Buenos Aires, Jacqueline Chipkin, Duke University

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Desigualdad en El Contexto Público: El Rol de Neoliberalismo en la Educación, Harper Cleves, Vassar College

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Palm Reading: Predicting the Future of Four Threatened Palm Species at Pointe À Larrée, Eastern Madagascar, Eva Colberg, College of William and Mary

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Seven Women Speak: Perceptions of Economic Empowerment Opportunities Among Diverse Women in Four Different Cape Town Communities Today, Shanna Cole, George Washington University

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La atención de mujeres con complicaciones post-aborto en un hospital público del Partido de La Matanza: la perspectiva de los profesionales de la salud / The perspective of health professionals on the quality oftreatment for women with complications post-abortion ina public hospital in La Matanza, Hannah Collins, Tufts University

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Barriers to Successful Cervical Cancer Screening in Rural Kwazulu-Natal, Cato Manor, and Cape Town, Amanda Comai, Colgate University

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A Disjointed Effort: An Analysis of Government and Non-Governmental Actors’ Coordination of Reintegration Programs in Northern Uganda, Nicole Compton, George Washington University

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Media For the Masses the Usage Patterns and Social Consequences of a Mobile-Phone Based Citizen Journalism Platform in Madhya-Pradesh , Sarah Corsa, Occidental College

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Improving Social Resilience in Response to Climate Change in Far North Queensland and Torres Strait, Katie Costantini, Williams College

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Men and Feminism: The Art of Negotiation, Emma Craig, Stonehill College

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Traveling Through Space: A Look at the Evolution of Transportation in Vietnam and its Implications, Joe Crook, Brandeis University

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Land Rights Among Subsistence Farmers: An Examination of Madagascar’s Land Reform and Prevailing Systems of Land Tenure in Betafo, Taylor Crowl, Vassar College

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Hoping for Help: The Organizational Response to Street Children in Tangier, Stefanie Cruz, University of Houston

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Comparative Analysis of Family Planning Use and Attitudes in Urban versus Rural Madagascar, Gwendolyn Cummings, University of Oregon

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The Status of Coastal Birds on Uzi Island: A Coastal Survey of Birds and Their Interactions with Fishermen and Seaweed Farmers, Anna Curtis-Heald, Connecticut College

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The Significance of Comunidade Sabiaguaba within the Developing City of Fortaleza, CE, Katherine Davis, University of Colorado

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Social Media & Revolution: The Importance of the Internet in Tunisia’s Uprising, Aamna Dhillon, New College of Florida

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The Complicated ‘Colours’ of Rhythm: A Study of Capetonian’s Battle for Identity through the Hip Hop Movement in Post-Apartheid South Africa, Joseph Thomas Dover, University of Colorado

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El Significado Cultural del Parto: Perspectivas de Mujeres Mapuche, Erin Drake, Trinity University

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El trabajo de enfermería: la percepción de las enfermeras y enfermeros de acerca de su profesión en Área Metropolitana de Buenos Aires, Amy Dushkin, Brandeis University

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¿PÉRDIDA O PERSISTENCIA? La cultura andina y los efectos de la influencia evangélica en las dos comunidades indígenas peruanas de Patacancha y Rumira Sondormayo., Hannah Eby, Illinois Wesleyan University

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¿Cómo amigos comparten la salud? Las redes sociales y factores de riesgo. / How do friends share health? Social networks and risk factors., Joanna Emerson, Tufts University

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Population, Progeny and Power: Analyzing Population Growth, Family Planning and the Factors that Contribute to High Child Bearing Rates in Kizanda Village, Tanzania, Jade Enright, Colby College

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A Crude Awakening: The Relationship Between Petroleum Exploration and Environmental Conservation in Western Uganda, Kristina Ericson, Global College of Long Island University

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Tabasará Libre: A Case Study of Development and Indigenous Rights, Katharine Evans, Wesleyan College

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To Assimilate or Integrate? The Narratives of Eight Black Students at Historically White Universities in the Western Cape: Can Education be Seen as Oppression or Privilege?, Mari Faines, Colgate University

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Traditional, Transitional, and Contemporary Approaches to Textile Printing in Ghana, Le’Ecia Farmer, Evergreen State College

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Memoirs of a Mother: Life between an Islamic fantasy, Cultural Patriarchy, and the Startling Reality., Nicole Fauster, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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ནང་པ Inside Self & Other : An interdisciplinary discussion on “Enemy” in the Tibetan Exiled Community, Mallory Feldman, Tufts University

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Obama Suka Nasi Goreng! American Foreign Policy and Cultural Affinity with Indonesia, Mario Feola, Tufts University

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"Wiser and Wider": An Analysis of DSD Treatment Protocol in the Netherlands and Practitioner and Patient Attitudes Towards Medical Care, Mel Ferrara, Muhlenberg College

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Distribution of Ticks (Ixodida) of Canis lupus familiaris L. (Carnivora: Canidae) from Seven Towns in Chiriquí Province, Panamá, Michelle Ferrell, University of Richmond

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Educated Identities: An examination of the effects schooling has on the individual, Conor Floyd, St. Michael's College

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Syrian Refugee Families’ Awareness of the Health Risks of Child Marriage and What Organizations Offer or Plan in order to Raise Awareness, Rachel Fowler, Carnegie Mellon University

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Voting Across the Sea: The Politics of French Nationals in Morocco, Sydney France, Skidmore College

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Eating Disorders: Prevalence, Perceptions, and Treatments in Jordan, Brenda Gable, Ohio Wesleyan University

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Nunca se olvide del frío del mármol de las escaleras: Una mirada a la recuperación del ex Centro Clandestino de Detención y Tortura de Virrey Cevallos / One never forgets the cold of the marble stairs: A look at the recuperation of ex Clandestine Center for Detention and Torture of Virrey Cevallos, Jamie Gagliano, Colgate University

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Culture & Schizophrenia: How the Manifestation of Schizophrenia Symptoms in Hue Reflects Vietnamese Culture, Rebecca Gaines, Hamilton College

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Alternative Histories: Observing Theosophical ‘Truths’ in Hindu Nationalism, Celia Garrity, Vassar College

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Human Trafficking in Morocco: A focus on Sub-Saharan Migrant Women, LaDarrien Gillette, Spelman College

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Identidades Sociales en Situación de Pobreza: La Construcción de Identidad y Comunidad en la Villa 31, Sam Gips, University of Virginia

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Women’s Involvement in UNRWA Family Planning Services: A Study of Palestinian Refugees in Jordan, Madelyn B. Goodman, Johns Hopkins University

Sin trata no hay Asistencia: los Proveedores de Servicios y la Asistencia de salud a las Víctimas de la trata de Personas, Miranda Gottlieb, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

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The Sacred Practice of Patra, Rob Granfelt, Macalester College

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Sustainable Kangaroo Harvesting: Perceptions and Consumption of Kangaroo Meat Among University Students in New South Wales, Elisabeth Grant, Smith College

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Alhamdoulillah: The Use of the Car Rapide as a Living Symbol of Senegal, Alicia Graziano, Skidmore College

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Environmental Education in Amman, Sara Lyrnn Green, George Washington University

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Cracks in the Pavement: The Street Boys Of Kathmandu !, Mike Greenwald, Wesleyan University

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The Self-Supporting Women Of Wanita Hindu Dharma Indonesia (WHDI) Province Bali and Their Modern way of Thinking, Olivia Gregorius, Bates College

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The Art of Vaisnava Vegetarian Cooking: The Manifestation of Cultural Identity Through the Culinary Craft, Selena Greising, Illinois Wesleyan University

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An Investigation the Extractivist Agribusiness Model in Argentina and the Conflict in Malvinas Argentina Against Monsanto, Nicholas James Guarnaccia, Tufts University

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The Vicious Circle of Data Gaps, Lack of Prioritization and Low Capacity: A Study on Post-Conflict Education in Sierra Leone, Meixi Guo, Vanderbilt University

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Cabelo Crespo: A Struggle for Inclusion in Brazilian Society, Ashley Hamilton, Spelman College

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Disabled: Watching Stories of the Malagasy Deaf, Nadeen Hamza, Swarthmore College

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Normaal is gek genoeg: Homonormativity & Inclusivity in Amsterdam’s LGBTQ Community, Devin Hanley, Knox College

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Microfinance et Développement au Cameroun : L’Efficacité de la MC2 dans la Communauté Agricole de Batoufam, Elisabeth Hansen, Pomona College

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Impacts of land-cover change and high rainfall on soil erosion among three farms in Cerro Punta, Chiriquí, Panamá., Madeline Happ, College of Wooster

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Autism Spectrum Disorder in an Indian Context: Impact of Socioeconomic Factors on the Experiences of Individuals with ASD and Their Families, Kendall Harman, University of Puget

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“I Pray You Enough”: Exploring Rural Early Childhood Development Through the Narratives of Caregivers., Bethany G. Hart, University of Texas at Austin

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Teaching Equality: An Analysis of the Treatment of Gender in a Popular High School, Hana Hartman, Washington University in St. Louis

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“All Women Talk”- A Study of Beauty and Female Identity in Senegalese Culture, Arden Haselmann, Wheaton College

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The Optimal Foraging of Equus burchelli at Enashiva Nature Refuge, Edward Haubenreiser, Humboldt State University

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The Sociology of the Home An Autoethnography that Explores House Building in Rural Sandanezwe, Oliver Hayward, University of Southern California

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HIV Drug Resistance Among Infants and Children in South Africa: How Efficient is Genotypic Testing?, Ellen Hendrix, Franklin & Marshall College

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Where is my home, where is my homeland: Ethiopian Identity in the Czech Republic, Wanda Hernandez, Virginia Commonwealth University

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“He venido a servir a mi gente” El Liceo Guacolda y la educación intercultural en Chile / "I have come to serve my people " The Liceo Guacolda and intercultural education in Chile, Jake Highleyman, Carleton College

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Comparing Disease Prevalence in Hard Corals at Four Different Reefs near the Island of Narganá in the Guna Yala Comarca of Panamá, Connor Hinton, Gettysburg College

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Gamba la Kasa: Using the Sea Turtle as a Flagship for Conservation through Storytelling and Children's Literature, Eliza Hollister, Skidmore College

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Cultivating Rice in Import Dependent Cameroon: A Case Study of the Successes and Challenges Facing Rice Farmers in Santchou, Cameroon, Kim Horwitz, George Washington University

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Percepciones de la salud mental en Cochabamba / Femicide in Bolivia After Perceptions of mental health in Cochabamba, Phoebe House, Williams College

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Queering Health Education: Health Education Initiatives within Sexual and Gender Minority Communities in the Kathmandu Valley, Zoe Huston, Colgate University

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Physicians' Perspectives on the Current Handling of Medical Malpractice in Jordan, Jason Yohan Hwang, Emory University

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Individualized Health Care: The Utilization of Individual Design in Traditional Medicine in Madagascar, Simone R. Jacobs, Stanford University

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The Art of Survival: Bengali Pats, Patuas and the Evolution of Folk Art in India, Pilar Jefferson, Vassar College

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Immaterial Traditions: Evolving Values in the Practice & Preservation of Bhutanese Calligraphy, Madeline Johnson, Bennington College

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Los Voces Literarias en la Preservación de la memoria La representación artística de los triunfos, los fracasos y los contrasentidosde la sociedad chilena desde 1973, Katharine Johnstone, Occidental College

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Avian diversity across three distinct agricultural landscapes in Guadalupe, Chiriquí Highlands, Panama, Jarred Jones, Gettysburg College

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EL CASO DE MADYGRAF (EX-DONNELLEY): UNA EXPLORACIÓN DE LA TENSIÓN ENTRE LA LEGALIDAD Y LA LEGITIMIDAD DE LAS EMPRESAS RECUPERADAS EN ARGENTINA / The Case of MadyGraf (ex-Donnelley): An Exploration of the Tension Between the Legality and the Legitimacy of Recovered Businesses in Argentina, Maggie Joyce, Hamilton College

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Rough Hands: Family Conceptions of Rural Morocco’s Agricultural Labor, a Case Study, Leah Kahler, Bryn Mawr College

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Once Upon Our Time: The Ancient Art of Storytelling in a Contemporary West Africa, Harlee Keller, Humboldt State University

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An Examination of Governmental and Nongovernmental Organizations in Nepal: A Partnership in Managing and Eliminating Waste in the Solukhumbu, Kristen Kelliher, Bates College

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Water as a Necessity for Life: The Responsibility of the Government and Perspectives of the People Regarding Access to Water in Claypole, Part of the Metropolitan Region of Buenos Aires, Emily Kennedy, Providence College

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“We’ve Lost Sight of The Blue and White, and We Need To Find It Again.” Youth, Divergence of Memory, and Political Polarization in Post- Conflict Nicaragua, Cameron Kesinger, Macalester College