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Posted on Monday, April 29, 2024

Westminster College’s senior English majors presented their capstone projects during the final George Bleasby Colloquium of the semester on Thursday, April 25, in the Cultural Center of McKelvey Campus Center.

Capstone presenters and titles include:

Caden Harsh of Pittsburgh, Pa., presented “The Future Hero: A Speculative Look at Heroism in Literature.”
Tyler Hunter of Trafford, Pa., presented “Dead Dove: Do Not Read—A Look into the World of Fanfiction.”
Timothy Lewis of Southwest Harbor, Mass., presented “The Game of Baseball and Connections to World Culture and Societies.”
Abigail Macher of Imperial, Pa., presented “Grace with Fangs: The Romance of Darkness in Literature.”
Annika McCabe of Youngstown, Ohio, presented “Humane Horrors: A Dissection and Analysis of ‘Beau Is Afraid’ and Portrayals of Trauma within the Horror Genre.”
Grace Phillips, an honors student from Saxonburg, Pa., presented “Bad Girl: An Examination of Deviant Female Characters in Contemporary Novels.”
Lillian Quick of Cortland, N.Y., presented “Marxism and Love: A Comparison of Romance Across Classes.”
Ashley Tarter of Alliance, Ohio, presented “Countering Conflict: The Hidden Narratives of World War II.” Tarter also was presented with the 2024 Frederick D. Horn English Capstone Award.

The Horn Capstone Award was established in 2003 by Dr. Frederick Horn, professor of English emeritus. It recognizes the highest level of scholarship and imagination among senior English majors’ capstone projects. Professors supervising senior capstone select the recipient every year.

The George Bleasby Colloquia series of literary events is an event in honor of the late Dr. George Bleasby, who chaired the Westminster College Department of English from 1954-1975.

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