Research that sings

Samantha Swanson, a senior majoring in music in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, performs with accompaniment on the theorbo by Jeffrey J. Noonan, PhD, teacher of applied music in the Department of Music, during the Spring 2011 Undergraduate Research Symposium April 30 at Whitaker and Brauer halls. More than 170 undergraduate students showcased their research projects through poster presentations and visual and oral presentations during the event sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research. Swanson’s performance was part of her research presentation on the “Sexual Politics and Saintly Devotion: Contextualizing Barbara Strozzi’s Sacri musicali affetti.” The Department of History in Arts & Sciences held its Senior Honors Thesis Colloquium in conjunction with the research symposium. Twelve seniors presented thesis projects, with topics ranging from “Roman Law in the Long Fourth Century” to “The History of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 1945-2000.” Photo by Sid Hastings