Recent Submissions

  • Your Neighbors’ Approach: Looking at Various Medical Systems within the Augusta Area

    Boomer, Houlton; Department of History, Anthrop., Philosophy (Augusta University, 2019-05)
  • A Comparative Study of Epilepsy in Medieval Greek and Persian Medicine

    Alapatt, Vinaya; Department of History, Anthrop., Philosophy (Augusta University, 2019-05)
  • Coffee in Augusta

    Guajardo, Aleigna; Department of Communications; Department of History, Anthropology and Philosophy (Augusta University, 2019-05)
  • AN EXAMINATION OF MORAL PANICS: HOW THE FEAR OF SATANISM AFFECTED TABLETOP ROLE PLAYING

    Williams, Travis; Department of Biological Sciences; Department of Communication; Department of Anthropology & Philosophy; Augusta University; Johnson, Edgar; McClelland-Nugent, Ruth (2019-02-13)
    Moral panics around youth entertainment have been an occurrence as long as culture has been established. As long as youth entertainment has values that can be seen as going against the established values of the preceding generation, a moral panic could take place. The purpose of this research was to analyze how moral panics centered on youth entertainment begin and gain traction. To do this, the research was focused on the 1980s moral panic around tabletop roleplaying games, specifically�Dungeons & Dragons. By tracing the origin of the moral panic to the fear of cults and occult from the 1970s, we can find more context as to why some individuals believed that role playing games could cause adolescents to use the games as a style of dangerous escapism or as a gateway to the occult. To further understand this moral panic, an analysis of some of the major detractors of role playing games was done, as well as researching the role the media played in cultivating the moral panic. With a greater understanding on how moral panics begin and gain traction, this research can be used to compare and contrast other moral panics around youth entertainment.
  • YOUR NEIGHBOR'S APPROACH: LOOKING AT VARIOUS MEDICAL SYSTEMS WITHIN THE AUGUSTA AREA

    Boomer, Houlton; Department of History, Anthropology & Philosophy; Augusta University; Bratton, Angela (2019-02-13)
    This research focuses on how the health care system one is used to using effects ones ability to seek and receive care in another System. Specific examples used within the study are the Western Medical System, The Traditional Chinese Medical System, and African American Root medicine. The study was done with interviews to health care providers and with surveys to citizens of the Augusta area. Unfortunately the data collected proved inconclusive with regards to the research question. However it did reveal a great deal of information about the patient population in the area, namely the tendency to remain with a single system with regards to health and the role of financial constraints in choice of healthcare system.
  • VACCINE PROLIFERATION IN THE FACE OF PUBLIC SCRUTINY

    Sripathi, Nishita; Department of Biological Sciences; Department of History, Anthropology & Philosophy; Augusta University; Turner, Wendy (2019-02-13)
    Each newly conceptualized vaccine has faced the same arguments over the last two centuries. A detailed examination of these several vaccines and their influences on the public will hopefully provide a better understanding of why the same arguments against vaccines continuously come up, even though each vaccine becomes widely used and celebrated. I supported my analysis by examining modern vaccine case studies and how those results may or may not skew the public reaction. By focusing on these two areas of research, I tried to understand the reasons behind persisted vaccine apprehension, even though there have been multiple and well-supported conclusions that vaccines are essential to a healthy human population. Perhaps by understanding the public�s fear, I can one day suggest alternate methods of vaccine �roll out� and introduction to the public.
  • Blurred Lines within the Music Industry: A Different Perspective of Copyright Law and Sampling in the Digital Age

    Wingate, Montrel; Department of History, Anthropology & Philosophy; Augusta University; Turner, Wendy; VanTuyll, Debra; VanTuyll, Hubert (2019-02-13)
    This thesis focuses on the relationship of music and law. Throughout, the debated question is: should the laws of copyright be redefined? The case Williams v. Bridgeport Music, Inc., which focuses on the songs "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke and "Got to Give It Up" by Marvin Gaye is the trial central to this thesis. Following a brief history of sampling, Williams v. Bridgeport Music, Inc. is reexamined, challenging the substantiality of the evidence presented. The court proved that the songs have similarities on the surface, yet there is a notable structural difference among the songs. A proposed solution is given, advocating a revision of copyright laws and a substantive similarity test with emphasis on the expert listener rather than the lay listener.
  • A Comparitive Study of Epilepsy in Galenic, Medieval Persian and Modern Medicine

    Alapatt, Vinaya Ann; Department of Psychological Sciences; Department of History, Anthropology & Philosophy; Augusta University; Turner, Wendy (2019-02-13)
    Epilepsy is an interesting neurological disorder that exists at the crossroads of biology and spirituality. This research examined the transmission of Greek theories of epilepsy from the ninth to the thirteenth century Persian medicine and compared it to the understanding of epilepsy in modern medicine. The influence of Galenic medicine on the clinical understanding of epilepsy in medieval Persian medicine (800-1400) is evident in Ibn Sina's (aka Avicenna) medical manuscripts. Given the complex technological advancements from 13th century to 21st century, substantial progression in the understanding of epilepsy from Avicennian period to modern era was expected to find. However, modern medicine is yet to crack the full codes of this "sacred" disease. Tracing the scientific history of epilepsy reveals that today's identified etiology, symptomatology, and treatments for epilepsy, which hugely benefited from the technological advancements in diagnostic means, are extensions to the medieval understanding of epilepsy. This paper is a comparative study of epilepsy in Galenic, medieval Persian and modern medicine. On a broad scale, this research serves as an example on how ideas connect people through time.
  • Coffee In Augusta

    Guajardo, Aleighna; Department of Communication; Department of Anthropology & Philosophy; Augusta University; Bratton, Angela; Bryant, Will (2019-02-13)
    For my Honors thesis, I produced a short documentary on local coffee shops in Augusta, focusing on local coffee shops that offer unique environments for their customers. After viewing several documentaries on coffee for reference, I filmed and edited my finished product to demonstrate the importance of supporting local coffee shops, the hard work that goes into opening up a shop in the coffee business, and bring awareness to a few of the different shops currently operating in Augusta. The documentary briefly covers the history of each cafe and incorporates footage of normal business taken from within the coffee shops; such as, cashiers taking orders and baristas making a variety of coffee drinks. The film communicates through interviews, b roll, and music the true ambience of the coffee shops and what qualities these cafes offer to customers that is distinct from larger franchises. Each coffee shop included in the documentary offers a unique environment that is key to what is referred to as the third space of society, a mainly social location that is neither home nor work. This concept of third space from anthropology is defined and explored throughout the film to show the importance of small local coffee shops.
  • Gods and Heroism: Ares and Hercules from Classics to Comic Books

    Lane, Joshua; Department of History, Anthrop., Philosophy (Augusta University, 2018-12)
  • An Examination of Moral Panics; How the Fear of Satanism Affected Tabletop Role-Playing Games

    Williams, Travis; Department of Biological Sciences (Augusta University, 2018-12)
  • Blurred Lines within the Music Industry: A Different Perspective ofCopyright Law and Sampling in the Digital Age

    Wingate, Montrel; Department of History, Anthrop., Philosophy (Augusta University, 2019-05)
  • "I'll Take My Artifacts with Tea": Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century British Archaeology

    Young, Rachel; Department of History, Anthropology and Philosophy (Augusta University, 2018-05)
  • An Examination of the Morale of Elite Georgia Women During the Civil War

    Williams, Rebecca; Department of History, Anthropology and Philosophy (Augusta University, 2018-05)
  • An examination of the morale of Women During the United States Civil War

    Williams, Rebecca; Department of History, Anthropology, & Philosophy; Augusta University; Hayes, John; Department of History, Anthropology, & Philosophy (2018-02-12)
    An examination of the morale of Women During the United States Civil WarThis paper is analysis of morale of women during the American Civil War. In the past, when discussing the Civil War classes covered a majority of battles and events instead of expanding about the people. One main focus covered is the change from women believing political affairs were not their concern to wanting to be involved due to the effects they felt such as separation, lack of protection and the adjustment to new responsibilities. The main focus of the research is class and religion. Comparing the common experiences of women in the upper class to women in lower classes in Georgia is a valuable tool when analysing the Civil war through a socioeconomic lense. It is also valuable to examine the feelings the women had toward god as the war progressed. Thereligious practices of women during the Civil war is reflects the morale of the women in Georgia. This paper offers sociocultural perspective of state history and gender roles.
  • I'll Take My Artifacts with Tea: Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century British Archaeology in Mesopotamia

    Young, Rachel; Department of History, Anthropology, & Philosophy; Augusta University; Bratton, Angela; Department of History, Anthropology, & Philosophy; Turner, Wendy; Department of History, Anthropology, & Philosophy (2018-02-12)
    This project analyzes the research doneby British archaeologists in the nineteenth and early to mid-twentieth centuries in Mesopotamia, as well as their interpretations of their findings, their motivations for research, and their reasons for how they interpreted what they found. This is achieved by examining the primary sources of writings of people such as Austen Henry Layard, George Smith, Gertrude Bell, and Henry Rawlinson. Most current research on the relationship between Britain and the Near East focuses on modern topics relating to political science, topics such as wars, terrorism, and oil crises. Because of the current wanton destruction of artifacts by terrorist groups and the instability their terrorism has caused in the Near East, it is crucial to analyze the circumstances surrounding the original discoveries and interpretations of these pieces. In order to explore and understand the artifacts found in Mesopotamia in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this project analyzes the writings of British archaeologists and examines the sociopolitical environment in Britain at the time of these excavations. Understanding these motivations through studying primary sources is crucial to preserving the identity and knowledge available from these artifacts.
  • Henry Roberts: A Case Study in Mental Illness in Eighteenth-Century England

    Johnston, Steven; Department of History, Anthropology, & Philosophy (Augusta University, 2017-12)