This collection includes Senior Individualized Projects (SIP's) completed in the Religion Department. Abstracts are generally available to the public, but PDF files are available only to current Kalamazoo College students, faculty, and staff. If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email us at to request access to this material.

Recent Submissions

  • Open Wounds of San Francisco : The Effects of Gentrification in the Mission District 

    Rubio, Wendy Lizbeth (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2015)
    San Francisco is facing a monster that people are describing now as hypergentrification. The Mission District is the neighborhood that is changing at the most fastest rate compared to other neighborhoods in San Francisco ...
  • Santa Muerte on the Ground : Uncovering the Myth Behind the Skeleton Saint 

    Garcia, Joana (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2015)
    Santa Muerte's role as an unofficial saint is to protect those who live dangerous lives, whether by choice or not. Her alleged involvement and forecast in mass media has depicted her as a saint for the Mexican drug lords ...
  • An Empire of Opression : Roman Use of Conquered Religions 

    Lane, Robyn (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2016)
    Religious syncretism was as common as war and imperialist expansion in the classical period. Greece started, providing an example of syncretism as part of political maneuvers, especially in Egypt. They would make other ...
  • Ken Ham's 6,000 Year Old Universe 

    Jaynes, Robin (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2013)
    The author discusses the literature of Creationism, how it compares and contrasts with the mainstream science of Evolution, and how Creationism has been used to create Creation Museums, which the author compares to traditional ...
  • Skinny Jeans in the Sanctuary: Malleable and Solidified Boundaries in the "Hipster Christian" Subculture 

    Barnett, Caroline (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2014)
    This is a project concerned with the creation of boundaries within subcultures. Subcultures, even the ones which eschew traditional markers of borders, must navigate the ways in which a group marks in and out status. In ...
  • The American Redoubt Movement: Reestablishing the Nation under God 

    Moore, Tessa (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2015)
    The author examines the American Redoubt movement focusing on the inherent connection between Christian religious faith and right wing political beliefs. The first chapter examines the Patriot movement, with emphasis on ...
  • The Incorporation of Rituals Into Holocaust Commemoration Ceremonies 

    Vettese, Rachael Elizabeth (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2014)
    Currently there has been a lack of scholarly research conducted in examining the emerging rituals used in Yom HaShoah (Holocaust) memorial ceremonies. This paper attempts to bridge the gap in literature regarding how both ...
  • Queer Love in the Bible 

    Shiemke, Veronica (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2015)
    Despite the use of the Bible as an exclusionary text in the past, proactive queer interpretations of the text of the Book of Ruth and the Books of Samuel can allow for increased inclusion and representation for queer ...
  • The People of Peoples Temple 

    Olson, Rachel (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2014)
    The three-decade-long history of the new religious movement known as Peoples Temple has essentially been reduced to one day: November 18, 1978. The headlines in both Time and Newsweek pegged the Temple as the “Cult of ...
  • Reading Religion in the 19th Century: Kalamazoo College and Baptist Missions 

    De Witt, Claire (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2014)
    In 1851 the Kalamazoo Theological Seminary stated in their yearly course catalogue that, “It is the design of its [the Seminary’s] founders to promote the cause of sound learning, to assist in training up an efficient and ...
  • Feminist Resistance: An Oral History of the Dworkin-MacKinnon Anti-Pornography Civil Rights Ordinance 

    Turner, Alicia M. (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 1997)
    Everyday, men beat women. Men rape women. Men stalk, harass, assault, dismiss, degrade, abuse, and use women. Too often, men torture, mutilate, and murder women. In short, men systematically subordinate women in a variety ...
  • Bishop John Hughes, The Public School Society, and the School Question of the 1840s 

    Farrell, Sean (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2013)
    The author examines the question of religious and ethnic assimilation. With every new wave of immigrants to the United States, there are always worries regarding whether or not that particular community is going to be able ...
  • Analysis of John Boswell's Work and His Contribution to the Pro-Gay Christian Movement 

    Chorny, Cassandra N. (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2012)
    The author surveys the writings of John Boswell, his critical and historical examination of Biblical passages that address homosexuality, and his research into early Christian practices that may have included same-sex unions.
  • Understanding Same-Gender Attraction : A Mormon Example 

    Cain, Emily M. (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2013)
    In 2007, Brigham Young University, the official university of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, changed their honor code to state that while students must remain chaste and refrain from any physical expression ...
  • The Nuances of Chilean Mormon Identity 

    Thoits, Yvonne (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2012)
    Inspired by the religous experience of her host family while studying in Chile, the author examines the growth and identity of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Chile, with sociological research and ...
  • Material Culture in the Borderland : A Focus on the "Miracle Room" at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle 

    Godines, Dulce M. (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2013)
    Material culture in the lower Rio Grande Valley exists among the faithful devotees that attend Our Lady of San Juan del Valle who put their faith in a variety of religious objects to feel secure from the many social, ...
  • Imported Religion: Chilean Buddhism in a Global Market 

    Monaghan, Brenna M. (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2013)
    The author explores the presence of Nichiren Buddhism in Chile in the context of Jose Casnova’s theories of globalized religion, and how the Buddhist religion and lifestyle fit into a culturally Chilean setting. Within ...
  • The Integration of Astrology, Buddhism and Ayurvedic Medicine in Sri Lanka 

    D'Arcy, Cailin A. (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2013)
    This paper explores the integration of astrology and Buddhism throughout ayurvedic medicine in Sri Lanka; focusing on the history of the integration of these practices, how they are contextualized in history, perceived by ...
  • Sacred and Profane: Baseball and Religion in America 

    Granzotto, Joseph M. (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2012)
    In America, the game of baseball is far more important and meaningful than just a game. The look of grief and misery on the faces of 45,000 Tigers fans at game four of the 2012 World Series is a testament to the overwhelming ...
  • A Blueprint to Heaven: Mapping the New Life Church of Taipei 

    Patton, Jamie Lee (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2013)

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