Aug
19

So what words are actually genderless?

When we read sentences, we mentally keep track of the words we’ve already seen, plus information about each word – part of speech or singular-vs-plural, for example, or, as relevant for my honors thesis, gender. (As an example: when you read a sentence like the policewoman found herself in an unfamiliar place, your brain catalogs the…
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Aug
18

End of Summer Update: Fellowship Wrap Up Posts

Hey everyone! William & Mary is almost ready to welcome each honors fellow and the rest of the students back from their summer holidays. Right now, I must admit that I am terrible with sticking with a consistent schedule for blogging, which is an obligation that we must carry if we are awarded honors stipends.…
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Aug
18

Back From DC: Wrap Up Week

Hello Honors Blog Readers! My time in DC has finally come to an end! Saying goodbye to Lawyers Without Borders was difficult; my supervisors and co-interns were lovely, and I got hands on human rights experience researching child trafficking in Jamaica. In addition, through my fellowship with the William & Mary American Politics Summer Institute,…
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Aug
18

Driving the Border Part 3: Border Society and the Landscape

Rivers and hills, bogs and mountains – these are natural boundaries that, as part of their essence, create a division. Water features create banks and distances, while elevation creates difficult terrain and a visual barrier. The Anglo-Scottish border incorporates all these features, creating a natural border that made it much easier for the medieval knights…
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Aug
18

Update #6: Working On Trials From The National Historical Archive of Spain

Good morning all, I am happy to share the sixth update on my research from legal manuscripts housed in the National Historical Archive of Spain (AHN) about child witches of the Spanish Inquisition. I examined several cases about child witches this week, but one particularly interesting trial was that of the 22-year-old Joanes de Soraburu (Note:…
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