Play or State of the Play

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A Profile of Senior Theses: Part 3 of 6

Significant works of historical and literary scholarship, original scientific investigation, extended creative projects—senior theses at Bard College at Simon's Rock make for absorbing, if not light reading. All BA students at the College complete a senior thesis, a major independent project that is the focus of students' senior year. Conceived, organized, and carried out by each student with appropriate support from a faculty advisor, the thesis is the capstone of the student's liberal arts and sciences education.

Continuing a celebrated tradition, provost and vice president Mary B. Marcy offered remarks and impressions of each of the nearly 50 theses completed during the 2009–2010 academic year to an audience of graduates, staff, and faculty in May. As she does most years, Marcy crafted categories by which to distinctly organize collections of theses. This year, the theses were presented under the tent of six categories: "Building a Different World: Allegories, Folk Tales, and Design;" "Can You Hear Me Now: Identity, Communication, and Creation;" "Play or State of the Play;" "Little Things and Big Things;" "An Alternative Gag to Simon's Rock;" and "Culture Clash, Where the West Begins." Over the next six months, the Newsroom will feature theses as presented by provost Marcy within their assigned categories. This month, theses featured are collected under "Play or State of the Play."

Stephen Torres Constructions of Race, Gender, Sexuality and Space in Professional Skateboard Media
This is a serious thesis about skateboarding…that questions how counter cultural and rebellious the sport actually is. Listen
John Patrick Reardon — Simulations, Modeling and Video Games: An Introduction to Interactive Computer Media and Its Applications
A thesis that looks at the way people cognitively develop and learning and compares that to what actually happens with computer games...Listen
Noah PeseckisA New Social Model: Social and Economic Analysis Through Internet Gaming
This thesis proposes an entirely new way to test social theory that we have not used in the pastListen
Rivka BorekA Fine Way to Hang Oneself and Vamoose: Two PlaysAn original play that deconstructs Uncle Vanya.Listen
Don HartwellHenry V: A Study in Lighting and Set Design
Don took the text of Shakespeare’s Henry V and created a classical design for lighting and set that brought the play to life.Listen

*All senior theses are bound and are included in the library’s permanent collection. They are available for review on premises or by contacting the library at