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Spring 2011 Publication, Volume 6

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Preface

“No matter how one may think himself accomplished, when he sets out to learn a new language, science, or the bicycle, he has entered a new realm as truly as if he were a child newly born into the world.”

-Frances Willard, How I Learned to Ride the Bicycle

Over the past six years, the Amalgam has proudly displayed the growth of students through their academic pursuits in the USI College of Liberal Arts.  While the topics and styles vary among featured works, this year’s volume truly represents the transcendence of students into new realms through their scholarly endeavors.  However, without the direction and support of many people within the USI College of Liberal Arts, this intellectual transcendence would not have been possible.  The faculty advisors—Dr. Kearns, Dr. Harison, and Dr. Hitchcock— are extended great thanks and appreciation for their work with this year’s submissions.  We would also like to extend our gratitude to Dean Aakhus and the Liberal Arts Council for their support and the funding of the Amalgam for the sixth consecutive year.

In the sixth issue of the Amalgam, students of various disciplines within the College of Liberal Arts reveal their ability to reach new realms of learning.  Lauren Rivera explores gender roles and expression in the world of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.  Next, Bridget Clement investigates the impact of the Irish potato famine of 1845-1850 on nationalism in Ireland.  Delving into the realm of rhetoric, Hollan Staker explores woman, the body, and women’s writing.  Shiloh Stone travels the streets and the history of Paris as he considers how the Revolutionary years shaped modern-day Paris.  Finally, entering the temporal realm, Whitney Litherland examines the role of time in the formation of tragedy in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Many thanks are extended to students who submitted essays for publication.  The Amalgam continues to serve as an exemplary representation of students’ outstanding scholarly growth in the College of Liberal Arts. We look forward to continue traveling with students to new intellectual realms.

Erin Schmitt

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