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    Processional Aesthetics and Irregular Transit:Envisioning Refugees in Europe

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    Examines the definition, history, and media coverage of procession aesthetics and their significance regarding refugee movements and issues in Europe. Briefly compares Hemingway’s descriptions of refugee processions in dispatches from the Greco-Turkish conflict to present day media portrayals

    Victimhood, Hope and the Refugee Narrative: Affective Dialectics in Magnet Theatre’s Every Year, Every Day, I am Walking

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    Contemporary theatricalized refugee narratives are often understood to communicate the profound trauma associated with forced displacement, even as this trauma is made ‘meaningful’ or ‘recognizable’ to audiences by the identification, however nebulous, of hope. This article examines some of the ways in which an affective dialectic of victimhood and hope functions inEvery Year, Every Day, I Am Walking(2006–), a small-scale international touring work directed by Mark Fleishman and produced by Cape Town-based Magnet Theatre. Paying attention to questions of narrative and performative form, I investigate how, and for whom, victimhood and hope function in and through the work, constructing its emotional and political tensions. I trace some of the conditions of its circulation, with particular emphasis on its transnational work with respect to a metropolitan audience at London's Oval House Theatre in 2010. In this, my purpose is to probe the question of who is served (as well as who is implicated and mobilized) by refugee narratives that may occupy all too easily a generalized geopolitical imaginary: ‘far from here’.</jats:p

    Maiden, Martyr, Sinner, and Saint: Performing the Narratives of Joan of Arc

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    This Capstone Experience/Thesis Project, made possible through the WKU Mahurin Honors College, is a study of historiography, or the way history is written. Joan of Arc is used to explore historiography because she is a figure that is written in many ways, each version giving us a snippet of the whole picture. The show written based on my research is titled Jehanne. I wanted to tell Joan’s story, but not just one version of it; I wanted to tell the whole story of who she is, not just what she did or what she believed. Not only does Jehanne tell the story of Joan of Arc, but it also illustrates historiography’s effect on her story; we see two playwrights’ versions of her, where they differ and where they merge; The audience is confronted with the differences and discrepancies between the versions, leading them to ask, “What is the truth?” Further, Jehanne allowed me to be a historian myself in the writing of my show by changing the plays and trial record to meet my needs as a playwright. The root of historiography shaped my show and trickled into every choice I made along the way. Perhaps it is impossible to capture the essence of a person in words, but I wanted to put my voice in the mix of Joan’s story which has been told and retold so often; the voice of a twenty-two-year-old Catholic woman from Nashville, TN in 21st Century America

    The Interplay Between Personal Responsibility and Social Determinants of Health on Attributions Related to COVID-19 Infections

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    While health campaigns often convey that health-related behaviors are the primary causes of preventable illnesses, they ignore the strong relationship between social determinants of health (SDH) and health outcomes (Braveman & Gottlieb, 2014). Ignoring non-behavioral factors in health communication poses both practical and ethical concerns for people with negative health outcomes, as health is linked to many “uncontrollable” factors, including income, education, and employment (Guttman & Ressler, 2001). Several social and environmental factors are linked to covid-19 exposure risk, including neighborhood environment, housing conditions, and occupation (CDC, 2022). Given the associations between causal beliefs about health and policy support, experts encourage health communicators to emphasize SDH in public health address (Barry et al., 2012). Several studies demonstrate that emphasizing social factors of illnesses, such as type-II diabetes or obesity, can increase societal causal attributions for health, and in turn, health-related policy support (Gollust et al., 2009; Niederdeppe et al., 2014; Niederdeppe et al., 2011). Given the need for messages that provide understanding of the complex determination of covid-19 risks and outcomes, this study examines how emphasis on socio-economic factors relating to covid impact causal attributions of covid and covid-related policy support. Keywords: message design, health communication, attribution theory, social determinants of health, narrative persuasion, framing

    Shear modulus of two-dimensional foams: The effect of area dispersity and disorder

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    We use the Surface Evolver to determine the shear modulus G of a dry 2D foam of 2500 bubbles, using both extensional and simple shear. We examine G for a range of monodisperse, bidisperse and polydisperse foams, and relate it to various measures of the structural disorder of each foam. In all cases, the shear modulus of a foam decreases with increasing disorder

    Voter Registration at Texas Public Libraries

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    The National Voter Registration Act ("NVRA") requires states that have not adopted automatic voter registration to designate certain public offices as "Voter Registration Agencies." These Voter Registration Agencies are required to offer voter registration to the public in certain specific ways. In 1995, after passage of the NVRA, Texas designated public libraries as one category of publicly funded offices that must serve as Voter Registration Agencies if they meet certain funding and hours-of-operation requirements.Beginning in 2020, the Texas Civil Rights Project learned that of the more than 500 independent public library systems in Texas—comprised of thousands of local branches—not a single public library was in full compliance with its obligations under the Texas Election Code.This initial finding raised serious questions as to whether libraries were providing the voter registration opportunities guaranteed to Texans by the NVRA and the Texas Election Code. After TCRP sent thousands of letters to library directors, discussed requirements with hundreds of librarians and county election officials, and issued public records requests to various election authorities, more than 290 different library systems have now submitted an NVRA Implementation Plan as of January 1, 2022 and about 70 others are in the process of doing so.While this is significant progress, there is much work left to do to guarantee that every Texan in every community across the State has access to the voter registration opportunities guaranteed to them by law. TCRP continues to offer assistance to libraries and has developed educational materials to help libraries more easily train staff and volunteers. Nevertheless, TCRP calls on the Texas Secretary of State to fulfill his duties to protect Texans' voting rights, and calls on our communities to assist us in ensuring that every public library is conforming to the law