Student Keynote Speakers 2015


Name: Noreen Sajwani

School: School of Nursing and Health Studies (NHS)

Graduation Year: 2015

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Project Title: Medical Ethics in Shia Islam: A Framework for Decision Making

Project Description: Conducted research will investigate the relationship between the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Ismaili Ethical Framework and the role it can play for health care providers in delivering services to patients. The paper will be two-fold: first, a compare and contrast analysis of the ten outlined ethical principles will de given, followed by a case study exploration to assess the priority of principles in context. A personal outlook and recommendation will be given to conclude the paper as a guideline for implementation purposes.


Name: Gianna Maita

School: College

Graduation Year: 2015

Hometown: Fair Haven, NJ

Fun Fact About Yourself: I have a WGTB radio show called Resistance Radio where I play music about peace and social justice and interview activists.

Project Title: Expectations of the DC Streetcar: From Segregation to Social Cohesion

Project Description: This investigation of the relationship between public transit and inter-neighborhood social cohesion through the DC Streetcar and the Benning and Georgetown neighborhoods was written for Gianna’s Justice and Peace Studies senior thesis project.

Name: Paul Healy
Healy_NewSchool: COL
Graduation Year: 2015
Hometown: Boston, MA
Fun Fact About Yourself: I was an extra in the movie Ted. I don’t have much of a Boston accent though, so my presentation should be relatively understandable.
Project Title: Completion, Intention, and Achievement Gaps in GeorgetownX’s First Six MOOCs
Project Description: For my senior thesis in Economics, I have investigated GeorgetownX’s first six MOOCs on the edX platform (founded by Harvard and MIT in 2012). My thesis discusses the following two questions: (1) Who has taken (and succeeded in) GeorgetownX’s MOOCs?, (2) Do gender differences in traditional education settings (economics) appear in MOOCs as well?


Name: Christina McGrath

School: College (majoring in Italian and Art History)

Graduation Year: 2015

Hometown: Staten Island, NY

Fun fact about yourself: I went to an arts high school, whose alumni include Jennifer Aniston, Ansel Elgort, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Adrien Brody (among other famous actors, musicians and artists!)

Project Title: Manipulated, Misrepresented and Maligned: the Censorship and Rassettatura of the Decameron

Project Description: While Boccaccio’s masterwork has been credited as one of most important texts in the development of the Italian language, it has been manipulated and censored throughout the centuries.  Having conducted research on the Salviati and Deputati censored editions of the Decameron at the Vatican Library, I began to reflect on the motives for censorship, and the type of content that was deemed scandalous enough to excise or transform.  These versions sought to purge Boccaccio’s text of its scandalous content, the likes of which included depictions of corrupt clergy and erotic material (and many combinations of such themes), while maintaining the linguistic and textual purity of the work.  I posit that such a goal would have been impossible to attain, and that through the censoring of the Decameron its potency was degraded along with the manipulation of its content.  My research puts these texts in contrast in an effort to explore the linguistic and textual differences between them; this examination of language and text leads to a broader exploration of the motives of the adaptors of The Decameron, the historical and social milieu during which the text was edited, and the subsequent repercussions these alterations would have on the legacy of Boccaccio’s Decameron.

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