The First-Year Papers were established in 1996-1997 to recognize the excellent written work of the first-year students at Trinity College. Each year, submissions are drawn from First-Year Seminars and from courses associated with the Cities, Guided Studies, InterArts, and Interdisciplinary Science Programs. Since 2014, the editorial board is drawn from members of the Dean’s Scholars, the top-25 members of the first-year class. Visit the First-Year Seminar Program Website.

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Papers from 2020

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Mexican Muralism: An Expression of Identity and History, Andrew Briden

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Hexing the Patriarchy: Witchcraft and Feminism as a Rebuttal to Capitalism, Ella Campopiano

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Reconsidering Orwell’s Depiction of the Working Class in The Road to Wigan Pier, Jack Carroll

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Modern Segregation in Detroit, Michigan, Ashley Fitzgerald

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Non-Profits and Community Action: Analysing Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness’ Theory of Change, Tara Iyer

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The Validity of Originalism in 2021, Garrett Kirk

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Hartford Briefly Seen, Cecelia Lagomarsino

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The Key Distribution Problem: Prior Advances and Future Challenges, Benjamin Lee

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Youth Involvement in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, Alabama, Lily McMahon

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Evidence for Flossing: Solid or Suspect?, Giulietta Nitido

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COVID-19 Pandemic: Major Disparities in Connecticut Public Education, Oonah Maggie O'Neil

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White Supremacy Pipeline, Tenzin Sharlung

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The Legacy of Levittown: What the Post-WWII Suburbanization of Long Island Reveals about the Racial Wealth Gap Today, Molly Simons

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First-Year Papers Editorial Board, Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut

Papers from 2019

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The Misconstruction of The Book of Exodus as a Pure Liberation Narrative by Black Theology During the Civil Rights Movement, Alexander Bernhard

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Would Karl Marx Support the Existence of Bitcoin?, Henry Corderman

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Modernity, Kendra Keelan

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Excess Land Concentration in the Hands of the Wealthy: A Violation of Locke’s Law of Nature, Isabelle Mueller

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First-Year Papers Editorial Board, Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut

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An Analysis of Human Social Structure in Relation to Evolutionary Psychology, Zoe Tucker

Papers from 2018

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First-Year Papers Editorial Board, 2018-2019

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Thanksgiving in Quarantine, Robin Bartlett

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The Middle Ages as a Conducive Period to the Witch Craze, Elizabeth Foster-Feigenbaum

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Postmodernism and the City: The Changing Realities of Cities, Nayantara Ghosh

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The Dichotomy of Election, Amelia Huba

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Illness, Guilt, Conscience, and Responsibility in The Brothers Karamazov, Sara Lambert

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The Impact of Executive Order 9417 on New York City’s Jewish Communities Following the Second World War, Shawn Olstein

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Salt of the Earth, Dana Parker

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England in Wonderland, Valerie Zis

Papers from 2017

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“...and Peggy!”, Macie Bridge

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Jeff Sessions Brings Back the War On Drugs, Jiuyuan Chi

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1984 as a Religious Critique, Lindsay Dowty

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Manufacturing Disaster: The Privately-Owned Causes of Katrina’s Devastation, Kyle Fields

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The True Impact of Black Lives Matter, Devin Iorio

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Orwell the Underdog, Thomas Kolle

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On Ai Weiwei’s “Remembrance”, Xinbei Lin

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The Odds, Kyle Long

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Empowering the Untouchables on the Eve of Indian Independence, Sawyer Peck

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Tale of a Mad Man, Kexin(Sabrina) Shu

Papers from 2016

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First-Year Papers Editorial Board, 2016-2017

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Group Egotism in the Pergamon Altar: Debunking the idea of individualism in Hellenistic Art, Alison Leigh Cofrancesco

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The American Founding: Still Burning, Kira Eidson

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Eager to be Accepted, Kalimah Muhammad

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The Shift in Women’s Rights During the Augustan Age, Mary Tursi

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Human Trafficking in South East Asia and Economic Empowerment, Ethan Yang

Papers from 2015

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First-Year Papers Cover Page and Editorial Board, 2015-2016

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Le Corbusier’s Fatal Flaws – A Critique of Modernism, Alessandro Hseuh-Bruni

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Nootropics for Healthy Individuals, Jin Pyo Jeon

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Pepón Osorio: Promoting Growth and Addressing Identity in Hartford, Michaella Kendrick

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Debate on Educating the Youth in the Athenian Assembly, Krikor Norsigian

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A New Perspective Through Islamophobia: The True Oppressors of Veiled Muslim Women, Elizabeth Patino

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Medium and Meaning in Nick Cave’s Soundsuit, Brooke Williams

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Salute to the Kitchen Ritual: A history of the transformation of Chinese food in America, Shuxin Zhang

Papers from 2014

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First-Year Papers Cover Page and Editorial Board, 2014-15

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Taking on Hartford: Perspectives from the Seat of a Bike and a Chair in Class, Steven Craney

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A Conditional Cycle, James Wylie Deitch

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Nature in its Simplicity, Noor Malik

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Tracing Thoughts: Nietzsche to Sartre, John Martone

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Preservation or Conservation: Landscape Photography’s Role in Idealizing and Destroying the American Wilderness, Sarah Messenger

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Propaganda Art in Nazi Germany: The Revival of Classicism, Mathilde Sauquet

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Destructive Technological Departure from Tradition in The Invention of Morel, Molly Schineller

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The Bacteriophage “fabiolayun”, Fabiola Yun

Papers from 2013

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First-Year Papers Cover Page and Editorial Board, 2013-14

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Race and Social Class Relations at Trinity and Beyond, Isabelle Boundy

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The Post-World War II Suburb in the United States, Seth Browner

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Art for the Disappeared, Cassandra Cronin

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Forgiveness Is All I Have To Offer, Edward Culhane

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The Isolation and Morphology of Imp48, Maura Griffith

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Anxious, but Getting Help, Amanda Lundergan

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Integration of Evolution and Christianity, Campbell North

Papers from 2012

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First-Year Papers Cover Page and Editorial Board, 2012-13

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Sucette: The Discovery and Classification of a Bacteriophage, James Cescon

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Andromache: Denial and Despair, Gaia Cloutier

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The Effect of Social Media in the 2012 Presidential Election, Maggie Dalton-Hoffman

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The Origins of a Name, Chris D'Amico

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Controversy in Virology: Bacteriophage Therapy versus Antibiotics, Frankie Jeney

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Maintaining the Upper Hand, Antonia Lluberes

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The Last Biblical Hero, Tom O'Leary

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Nietzsche’s “Man of Action”, Michaela Powers

Papers from 2011

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First-Year Papers Cover Art and Editorial Board, 2011-2012

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A Brother Among Heroes, Natalie Chaves

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Venice and Its Location, Hyungsun Chloe Cho

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The Last Boil, Zach Conte

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The Duomo: The Touchstone of Florence, Jordan Hillier

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Pervert #2 and American Photographer, Declan Kennedy

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Bocaj’s Bummer Lisa, Jacob Rivers

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Class Warfare: Thersites in the Iliad, William Schreiber-Stainthorp

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Eminent Domain: A Process Contrary to Classical Liberal Thought, Sullivan Washburn and Trey Zenker

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Resolution, Sarah Watson

Papers from 2010

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First-Year Papers Cover Art and Editorial Board, 2010-2011

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The Ascent to Man, Lauren Browne

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Waiting for Judgment, Melanie Foster

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Freedom at the Price of Happiness, Sam D. Livingston

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The Knight’s True Tale, Travis J. Merrill

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The Origins of Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village at the University of Virginia, Francesca Miller

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Danish Cartoon Controversy, Anfal Y. Nyhan

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The Greatest Story Never Told, Alexander Plochocki

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I Believe in Those Who Lean, Victoria C. Trentacoste

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Brooklyn, Juan Vasquez

Papers from 2009

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First-Year Papers Editorial Board and Cover Art, 2009-2010